Can the Falcons Recover?

Atlanta is on the road again this week to MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants. It’s an infamous place to play, as it marks one of the worst moments in the Mike Smith era. As someone who lives in New York and attended that game seeing the Falcons play for the first time ever, I’m still shaking my head from that atrocity. That was over two years ago, as both teams have...
Via Pro Football Spot
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants Preview

The Falcons have to find a way to win outdoors on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt) The Atlanta Falcons haven’t won an outdoors road game since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on November 25, 2012. That losing streak was extended with last Sunday’s 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This Sunday, the Falcons (2-2) go on the road once again to face the New York Giants, a...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Plenty of new faces in the Falcons lineup

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) When the Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Wednesday, it looked a bit like training camp. Who's that at center? And right tackle? And left guard? Oh, and is that someone new at strong safety? The Falcons (2-2) are all beat up, coming off a game in which two starters on the offensive line (center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes) sustained season...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Week5, Top 3 NFL Picks

    Season-To-Date: 6-6   Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys: The battle for Texas bragging rights features a pair of 3-1 teams.  The Cowboys played one of their best games in years against the Saints.  Dallas should avoid a letdown because next week they play at Seattle and could easily be 3-3 if they stumble against the Texans.  Dallas has the offensive line to deal with...
Via Pro Football Draft Network
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' OL loses C Hawley, RT Holmes for rest of season

  The Atlanta Falcons are facing a dramatic overhaul on their offensive line after announcing Tuesday that injuries have ended the seasons for center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes. Atlanta's defense also took a big hit as safety William Moore will miss at least eight weeks with a shoulder injury. Hawley (right knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed on injured reserve. Moore...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' OL loses Hawley, Holmes for season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are facing a dramatic overhaul on their offensive line after announcing Tuesday that injuries have ended the seasons for center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes. Atlanta's defense also took a big hit as safety William Moore will miss at least eight weeks with a shoulder injury. Hawley (right knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Place two Starting Offensive Linemen on IR

Injuries just won’t let the Atlanta Falcons succeed. Fresh off a 2013 campaign that saw them lose multiple starters on both sides of the ball, the Falcons have once again found themselves victim of the injury bug. Starting left tackle Sam Baker was lost for the season with a torn patellar tendon back in August. While that was a huge loss in and of itself, the news today that Atlanta...
Via Sportsnaut
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Lose Hawley, Holmes for Year; Moore Placed on Short-Term IR

Joe Hawley’s absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy) After losing Sam Baker in preseason, the Atlanta Falcons lose two more starting offensive linemen: center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes. Mike Smith says Joe Hawley, Lamar Holmes heading for IR. — Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) September 30, 2014 Additionally, William Moore was placed on short-term injured reserve...
Via In The Neutral Zone
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Sign OT Cameron Bradfield

  As part of a flurry of roster moves, the Atlanta Falcons signed former Jaguars OT Cameron Bradfield, according to Vaughn McClure. The Falcons placed OT Lamar Holmes, and C Joe Hawley on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, making it critical to bring in additional bodies on the offensive line. Bradfield, 27, spent three seasons with the Jaguars before being placed on waivers...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Place C Joe Hawley & OT Lamar Holmes On Season-Ending I.R.

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have placed starters C Joe Hawley and OT Lamar Holmes on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. The Falcons have placed Joe Hawley (knee) and Lamar Holmes (foot) are being placed on IR today. — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) September 30, 2014 Recent reports mentioned that Hawley could be done for the season after he suffered...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Downs: Falcons' defense shredded in loss to Vikings

The Atlanta Falcons gave up 41 points to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and that wasn't even one of their biggest problems. Minnesota scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win by 13, and romped down the field at will on Atlanta's defense, racking up 558 total yards of offense. The Falcons were also brutalized by injuries. Starting safety William Moore, and starting...
Via Fox Sports South
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons offensive line decimated by injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The already banged-up Atlanta Falcons offensive line has been decimated by injuries against the Minnesota Vikings. The Falcons lost three starting linemen in the first three quarters Sunday, forcing them to play tight end Levin Toilolo at right tackle in the fourth. Left guard Justin Blalock left the game in the second quarter with a back injury, right tackle Lamar...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Persistent Issues Linger in Atlanta's Loss to Cincinnati

After being in fantasyland for an entire week, Atlanta fell back to reality in a crushing defeating to Cincinnati. They were once again pushed around on a consistent basis inside the trenches. They weren’t able to force any turnovers or take advantage of A.J. Green being injured. The “new-and-improved” defensive line that was supposed to bring toughness was disappointing.The...
Via Pro Football Spot
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Takeaways from The Falcons win over the Saints

#454859662 / The offensive line looked markedly better than last season through the first half Matt Ryan was not sacked once. I can’t say I approve of the swapping out between Gabe Carimi and Lamar Holmes before Carimi took over for the injured Jake Matthews and was hit or miss today but serviceable. Jake Matthews injury is a major concern that the falcons have...
Via TopSportsReport
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals: 2014 Week 2 NFL Pick

Atlanta Falcons (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) I had the Bengals going 12-4 before the season started. I thought they were better than their record last season because they were able to be a dominant team (11-5) without relying on always winning the turnover battle. Turnover margins are really unpredictable and inconsistent on a week-to-week and year-to-year basis. They finished...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons looking for 'clarity' at RT, nickel back

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are looking for starters to emerge at right tackle and nickel back in their final preseason game. Coach Mike Smith said there is no ''clarity'' at those spots, though he likes the contenders. He's also hoping to find his No. 2 quarterback as he holds out some established starters in Thursday night's game at Jacksonville. Normally, the...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Strong First Half Generates Optimism in Atlanta

When the third pre-season game is played, we begin to see glimpses of what a team is preparing to do for the regular season. Whether it’s more four receiver sets or putting a particular defensive end as defense tackle on third down, you begin to pick up on alignments. That’s what occurred during the Falcons impressive first-half performance against the Titans.It was refreshing...
Via Pro Football Spot
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Downs: Falcons fall to Titans, but starters impress

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons enjoyed an early 17-3 lead on Saturday, but fell to the Tennessee Titans in the Georgia Dome, 24-17. The loss drops Atlanta to 1-2 this preseason, with one game left to go in Jacksonville next week against the Jaguars. Here are four observations from the Falcons' loss to Tennessee: 1. DEVIN HESTER SURE LOOKS LIKE HE'S GOING TO PLAY A BIG ROLE IN ATLANTA...
Via Fox Sports South
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons: Three observations from 'Hard Knocks' Episode 3

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Falcons, the third episode of "Hard Knocks" from HBO ended in a similar tone to the way it began: focused on a season-ending injury. Tuesday's newest episode began with a rather encompassing look at an ACL reconstruction surgery on rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill. The fifth-round pick went under the knife, and the HBO cameras showed a bit of the procedure...
Via Fox Sports South
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons move Jake Matthews to left tackle

With Sam Baker lost for the season the Atlanta Falcons have moved Jake Mtthews to left tackle. Matthews – the No. 6 overall pick – will shift to the left side of the line with Lamar Holmes taking over duties at right tackle. When drafted many believed that the 22-year-old former Texas A&M tackle could have overtaken Baker for the job at left tackle by midseason. The #Falcons...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Browns, Buccaneers, Falcons, Ravens, & Saints

  Browns Pat McManamon of believes 2013 third-round pick CB Leon McFadden‘s time with the Browns could already be coming to an end. Buccaneers Pat Yasinskas of has the Buccaneers keeping six running backs, despite the fact that there has been speculation that one of Mike James, Bobby Rainey and Jeff Demps could be left off the team’s roster. Falcons ESPN’s...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons need more hits than misses with upcoming draft

The Atlanta Falcons desperately need to have a good draft. If having their coaching staff work the Senior Bowl helps to turn around last season's 4-12 record, the Falcons might have a leg up when May and the NFL Draft rolls around. "Talking with coaches that I consider mentors that have coached in this ballgame, they have said that they had some of their best drafts after spending...
Via Fox Sports South
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Key Matchups: Packers vs Falcons

The Green Bay Packers return home this week after a humiliating loss on Thanksgiving Day at the hands of the Detroit Lions. This week the Packers play another team that has struggled throughout most of the season in the Atlanta Falcons, so what are the five top matchups for this game?   1.) Clay Matthews vs Lamar Holmes: The Packers pass rush has been one of the few bright spots...
Via Packers Talk Radio Network
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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