Bucs look to take advantage of NFC South's mediocrity

TAMPA, Fla. -- A glance at the NFC South standings can't be done without pause these days. This is the division with a few of the NFL's most prolific quarterbacks in recent years -- Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton -- so it's odd to see so much mediocrity or worse from top to bottom. This is good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who find themselves as early contenders...
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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...
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Mailbag: Giants a legit contender, matchup vs Falcons.

Hi Alex, the Giants have looked very good, winning their last two games after an 0-2 start. Eli Manning was terrific last week with four touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Do you think they’re a legit playoff contender right now, or did they just have a couple of great games? Natasha, Brooklyn Hi Natasha, The one thing I’ve learned is that you never count out a player-coach...
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DraftKings Week 5 Best Team To Stack: Pittsburgh Steelers

Do you play Fantasy Football? If the answer is yes, this week is the most exciting opportunity in the history of the game. Win a MILLION DOLLARS playing Fantasy Football this week only! Go to and get in on the action. So you're ready to win $1,000,000.  Wait, you haven't heard about it?  Click the above link and go see how you can put a weekly...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

NFC South: A Division With An Identity Crisis

At the beginning of the season the NFC South seemed to hold lots of promise and expectations.  However, after the fourth week of the season none of the NFC South teams have looked great. The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons looked great in their wins but seemed to be a different team in their losses and both are sitting at 2-2. Then we have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the...
Via Football Nation
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Fantasy Football Millionaire Maker: Top 5 Defenses For Week 5

Do you play Fantasy Football? If the answer is yes, this week is the most exciting opportunity in the history of the game. Win a MILLION DOLLARS playing Fantasy Football this week only! Go to and get in on the action.Defense wins champions. In this case though, it could help you win 1 Million Dollars in the Millionaire Maker Contest!Fantasy football isn...
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Matt Ryan Throws 3 TDs In Week 4 Loss

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continues to struggle on the road, though he did throw for 298 yards and three touchdowns.Fantasy Spin:He also threw two interceptions and that's five in two road games this year after throwing 14 on the road (versus three at home) last season. He's become an "only start at home guy."
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2 days ago  |  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...
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Falcons Fan Tweets He’s Sending Hitman To Kill The Team

Some fans need to know the thin line between funny and psychotic…this is the latter. One very angry Falcons fan didn’t take the team’s loss lightly and took to twitter to vent. We had one job just one ******* job! WE BLEW THE LEAD AND LOSE THE GAME I HAVE HAD IT! HIRING A HITMAN TO KILL THE FALCONS! — KDog (@TheKDogBrand) September 28, 2014 EVERY ******* YEAR I HAVE HAD...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons Fan Tweets He’s Sending Hitman to Kill The Team

Fans are funny. FALCONS ONE MO GAIN NIGGAS AND MAKE Y'ALL BLEED MOTOR OIL — KDog (@TheKDogBrand) September 28, 2014 MATT RYAN YOU SOB! — KDog (@TheKDogBrand) September 28, 2014 I WANNA HIT MATT RYAN WITH A BAT — KDog (@TheKDogBrand) September 28, 2014 I WANT A CHAMPIONSHIP RING DAMMIT — KDog (@TheKDogBrand) September 28, 2014 We had one job just one ******* job! WE...
Via BlackSportsOnline
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings: 2014 Week 4 NFL Pick

Atlanta Falcons (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-2) Atlanta dominated last week at home against the Buccaneers, winning 56-14, moving the chains at an 82.05% rate, as opposed to 47.83% for the Buccaneers. However, now they go on the road to Minnesota and they haven’t had nearly as much success on the road in the Matt Ryan era. Since Matt Ryan and Mike Smith came in 2008, they are...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Audio: Packers HOFer Paul Hornung on Goodell; stories from Lombardi and Jim Brown

Matt Ryan (no, not the Falcons QB) is a friend of cover32 and runs a great podcast titled “22 Weeks” that goes throughout the NFL season. In the season 3 Week 4 episode Ryan scored a huge guest: Former Green Bay Packers star running back and Hall of Famer Paul Hornung. The two hit on a variety of topics including all of the following: - Jim Brown on the college all star team...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons Injury Update: Roddy White 'ready to go'

The Atlanta Falcons were without Roddy White last week vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it appears that he'll be healthy enough this week. He's been hampered by a hamstring injury and the Falcons have been cautious with it.  #455552798 / gettyimages.comWhen Roddy White met with the media yesterday he told them that he was 'ready to go.' And then to top it off...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Matchups to Watch in Week 4

We’re back for our look at some key matchups from Week 4′s biggest games. 1. Eagles C David Molk vs. 49ers DL Justin Smith A lot of the Eagles’ offensive success in 2013 was powered by an integrated offensive line that played together for all 16 games. Against the Redskins in Week 3, they were ravaged by injury. The most consequential long-term may have been to center Jason...
Via This Given Sunday
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2014 will be fine, but these 10 teams should just throw in the towel

Three games is enough. It might seem like too small of a sample size, but it’s not; accurate judgments can be made just three weeks into the NFL season. Some teams have proven to be contenders, while others have already shown to be pretenders. And there are about a dozen teams trying to decide which category they belong in. The first group is pretty easy to determine; it’s the...
Via cover32 - Falcons
6 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Week 4 Picks and Predictions

2014 NFL ATS : 15-8 (+6.8u) **These picks are subject to change. Follow me on Twitter for the most up to date analysis.**   Giants @ Redskins -3.5 (58%) Throughout the first two weeks of the season, this game would have been a huge stinker.  However, now that Captain Kirk is in the driver seat, he at least makes the Skins relevant again.  Okay, maybe not relevant but at least...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wide receivers need to step up for Minnesota Vikings against Atlanta

The Minnesota Vikings are now handing over the quarterback reigns to rookie Teddy Bridgewater after starter Matt Cassel suffered a broken foot against the New Orleans Saints last week. The team is 1-2 after losing 32-7 to New England a week ago and falling to New Orleans 20-9 last week. It doesn’t get any easier when they face Matt Ryan, who has 965 passing yards, a 68.5 completion...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Reasons the New Orleans Saints could lose in Dallas

Even though the Who Dat Nation is riding high after the Saints first victory of the 2014 season, we need to temper expectations as we head into Week 4. Despite their struggles the Dallas Cowboys are 2-1 and could certainly hand the Saints their third loss of the season. Here’s why: 5.) The Saints’ secondary is struggling   Before the year began, it looked like this unit would...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The interesting quarterback ranking of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Over the middle: Top 5 wide receivers Week Four

1. Julio Jones AP Photo/Michael Conroy Julio Jones had a huge game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and so did the whole Atlanta Falcons team. The Falcons lead the league total yards with 1365 total yards, 1001 of those yards are passing yards. What does that mean for Jones? Through three games, Jones has 23 receptions on 33 targets, and he has 365 yards receiving and three touchdowns...
Via Down and Distance
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta's running game shows definite improvement

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Matt Ryan has received plenty of accolades for his mammoth passing numbers in the opening month of the season. Another came Wednesday, when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the week. Ryan prefers to recognize another group that isn't getting quite so much attention. The running game. A point of emphasis throughout the...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the early front-runner for MVP

The 2014 season is still young and a lot can happen over the next 14 weeks, but right now Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has to be considered the front-runner for the MVP award Earlier today the NFL announced that Ryan won the NFC’s offensive player of the week award for his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFC Offensive Player of Week 3: @Atlanta_Falcons QB...
Via cover32 - Falcons
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons News and Notes: Better Offense Key to Early Season Success

The Atlanta Falcons are showing the NFL they can score and score in bunches. Part of that success is the team’s ability to score on opening drives, which have set the tone for the team’s 2-1 start this year. Per Reid Ferrin of, Falcons head coach Mike Smith says QB Matt Ryan is one of the key factors in his team leading the league in points scored on opening...
Via Football Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly NFL Awards Announced

The weekly NFL awards have been handed out. Laying claim to AFC Offensive Player of the week was Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck. He was dominate in the the Colts 44-17 win over the Jaguars, going was 31-of-39 for 370 yards with four touchdowns for a career-high passer rating of 140.4. Falcons QB Matt Ryan won the NFC Offensive […]
Via Kentucky Sports Connection
7 days ago  |  Discuss

5 QBs with Bad Week 4 Matchups

Be advised, I am not suggesting that you bench any of these QBs (OK, maybe Newton), with Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, and Andy Dalton on BYE weeks.  This is just information to know heading into your Week 4 matchup.  Also, some of these defenses are not great against the pass, just terrible at stopping the ground game.#452778199 / gettyimages.comAndrew Luck vs Tennessee...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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