Found August 08, 2012 on
The Falcons will be kicking off their preseason schedule this Thursday when they go up against the Baltimore Ravens. Even though it's game one we could get a lot of telling information out of the few series the starters will be in and then the subsequent series with the backups.
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Perhaps the most discussed and debated area of the team so far this off-season, the offensive line is a unit everyone should keep a close eye on. The Falcons' interior will be facing trial by fire going up against Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody, and Pernell McPhee. Ngata and McPhee, who both play five tech, combined for 11 sacks last season and the big man Terrence Cody racked up 34 tackles. LT Sam Baker might not get tested the way we thought as Terrel Suggs is out for the season after tearing his achillies. He'll still have to go up against rookie second round pick Courtney Upshaw who has looked impressive so far at camp.
From a technique stand point you will ...
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It can be argued that the 2012 Baltimore Ravens running back core is the best in team history and starting running back Ray Rice should be worried, for two reasons. Anthony Allen, Bernard Pierce, Bobby Rainey and Damien Berry are fiercely competing for a chance to back up Rice, and you can bet that whoever gets [...]
Coming off a 10-6 campaign and a 24-2 drubbing at the hands of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the first round, the Atlanta Falcons have plenty of questions to answer to their fans and critics. Can they take advantage of a scandal-ridden New Orleans Saints squad and win the division? Can they [...]
Ravens fans are enthusiastic about getting the 2012 NFL season off to its preseason inaugural in Atlanta this Thursday night... especially with a bunch of Ravens rookies and unproven veterans out to solidify a roster spot.But I'm more interested in how the Ravens defense the potentially explosive Falcons--- including QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones---and how their young guys...
If it's too hot to fish, or too hot to golf, it's probably too hot to play football...But with its first preseason game only two days away, the 2012 edition of the Ravens had to keep at it in what amounts to a record heat wave in Baltimore County...It started out like a day at the beach...but it ended with players dropping like flies...Wide receiver Tandon Doss returned...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the Falcons' two starting cornerbacks banged up and each sitting out at times in practice this week, head coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday that he had not made a determination yet as to whether they, along with a few others, would play in the team's first preseason game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome against Baltimore.
The Falcons did not hold...
The Atlanta Falcons are in the best position of NFC South teams to snatch the crown away from the Saints. The Saints have been hit hard this offseason and won’t be the same team in 2012. The Saints lost key offensive weapons in free agency. The defense was very poor last year and, to add on, the Saints have had multiple starting players suspended, along with a coaching change....
Chris Johnson, the Tennessee Titans' all-everything running back hesitated at the 10-yard line following his team's joint team practice with the Atlanta Falcons in Dalton, Ga., allowing himself enough time to share a few words with one of his mentors, Chris Hope.
Hope, Johnson's former teammate and now a safety for the Falcons, shared in the unusual experience of conversing...
First Off - Something I Don"t Want To See Tonight:
Well - that's if it were Matt Ryan, and not Michael Vick. If someone brought Michael Vick out into the middle of the field, slapped his old Falcons uniform on him, and broke his leg again...well...that'd be alright with me. Ultimately, just want to make sure everyone stays good and healthy for the next 21-22...
REPORTER: Ed! Ed! How will the Ravens’ defense adjust to playing without Terrell Suggs this season?
ED REED: Reckon I’ll answer your question with a question. Got any food, mister? Any little bit helps.
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