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Atlanta at New Orleans: The Season Hangs in the Balance

The writing is clearly on the wall for the Atlanta Falcons when they travel to New Orleans this weekend.Win and they still have a chance at the playoffs. Lose and their hopes are all but over.A loss could also spell the end for head coach Mike Smith and his staff.Maybe the greatest part of this contest will be the receiving corps for both teams as Matt Ryan and Drew Brees figure...
Via Football Nation
59 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Saints by the Numbers

92- Sunday's game will be the 92nd time the Falcons and Saints have battled during an NFL season--this number includes the one and only playoff game between them in 1991. The very first meeting took place on November 20, 1967 ( Saints won 27-24). The Falcons lead the all time series 48-43.11- Head coaches, Sean Payton and Mike Smith have faced off 11 times. Mike Smith claimed victory...
Via Pro Football Spot
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Five things to look for in Falcons at Saints

Well this is as big as it gets in terms of NFL regular season games. Depending on how things go with the Browns at Panthers game, the outcome of this game in New Orleans could either clinch the NFC South for the Saints or eliminate them from any possibility of the playoffs. This is not necessarily a playoff clinching win or a elimination loss, though. I know that’s redundant based...
Via The Saints Nation
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints: 2014 Week 16 NFL Pick

Atlanta Falcons (5-9) at New Orleans Saints (6-8) The Saints recently won 20 straight home games with Sean Payton and Drew Brees, covering in almost all of them (18-1-1 ATS), but they’ve since lost 4 straight games at home, all as favorites. On the season, they are just 2-5 ATS at home and oddly enough they are 4-3 ATS on the road. The Saints certainly aren’t the auto-bet at...
Via The Football Fan Spot
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Bold Predictions – Falcons – Week 16

Ok, I was a bit negative last week. Saints are not weak, Saints are weird. The comment on borderline still stands. Andrew was so nice to “correct” that to bipolar in last weeks post, while in fact he is making a common mistake. Read this and know that bipolar is something that has to do with an illness while borderline has to do with a personality disorder. I think it is a personality...
Via The Saints Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Sunday’s matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota) It’s a must-win game for the Atlanta Falcons as they head into New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday. And there’s already been a bit of trash talk between the two bitter rivals. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis started the week off with this quotable: “Hopefully we come in this week and...
Via In The Neutral Zone
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Steelers LB Jason Worilds Not Fined For Hit On Falcons QB Matt Ryan

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds made it known Friday that he wasn’t fined for his hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan last Sunday. Jason Worilds said he did not get fined for his penalized hit on Atl QB Matt Ryan. — Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 19, 2014 Worilds, who had sacked Ryan on 2nd […] Steelers LB Jason Worilds Not Fined For Hit On Falcons...
Via Steelers Depot
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning Among Week 16 Starts, Sits

Winning your fantasy football league requires a good amount of skill and a whole lot of luck. It also requires taking risks. If you’ve come this far, chances are you’ve had all three of those things. But your toughest task might come in Week 16. A general tenet in fantasy football is to stick with your star players and avoid the temptation of swapping...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Behind Enemy Lines: Atlanta Falcons Edition

In this week's edition of Behind Enemy Lines, I talked with Atlanta Falcons team journalist Allen Strk on the eve of this weekend's showdown in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. (You can find our other interview centered on the Saints' outlook of this matchup here.)Allen, welcome to our forum! Let's get started.First off, on July 23rd, Matt Ryan signed a 6yr, $113.75 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan the Gunslinger, Take it or Leave it

With over 4,100 passing yards and 27 touchdowns this season it is safe to say that Matt Ryan is among the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season and has been arguably a top-ten quarterback since he entered the league in 2008.Part of that could be just the sheer number of passes he has attempted, especially since 2012. He has attempted over 600 passes in each of the past two seasons...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Ryan Lindley the NFL quarterback under the most pressure this week?

Anybody can win a football game in September. It’s when the weather gets cold and the pressure is piled on that it really counts. Now that the NFL’s regular season is peaking it’s officially go time. With two weeks left there’s no more room for mistakes. Either you perform now or start your vacation early. Nowhere is the pressure felt more than at quarterback, the most imporant...
Via cover32 - Cardinals
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Robert Griffin III the quarterback under the most pressure this week in the NFL?

Anybody can win a football game in September. It’s when the weather gets cold and the pressure is piled on that it really counts. Now that the NFL’s regular season is peaking it’s officially go time. With two weeks left there’s no more room for mistakes. Either you perform now or start your vacation early. Nowhere is the pressure felt more than at quarterback, the most imporant...
Via cover32 - Redskins
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Andy Dalton under more pressure than any other quarterback this week?

Anybody can win a football game in September. It’s when the weather gets cold and the pressure is piled on that it really counts. Now that the NFL’s regular season is peaking it’s officially go time. With two weeks left there’s no more room for mistakes. Either you perform now or start your vacation early. Nowhere is the pressure felt more than at quarterback, the most imporant...
Via cover32 - Bengals
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Johnny Manziel under more pressure than any other NFL quarterback this week?

Anybody can win a football game in September. It’s when the weather gets cold and the pressure is piled on that it really counts. Now that the NFL’s regular season is peaking it’s officially go time. With two weeks left there’s no more room for mistakes. Either you perform now or start your vacation early. Nowhere is the pressure felt more than at quarterback, the most imporant...
Via cover32 - Browns
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Matt Ryan the NFL quarterback under the most pressure this week?

Anybody can win a football game in September. It’s when the weather gets cold and the pressure is piled on that it really counts. Now that the NFL’s regular season is peaking it’s officially go time. With two weeks left there’s no more room for mistakes. Either you perform now or start your vacation early. Nowhere is the pressure felt more than at quarterback, the most imporant...
Via cover32 - Falcons
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Week 16 Picks: Ready For Over

Clowntime Is OverSo as I was thinking about the column this week, I started to realize... I'm tired of this NFL season. And it's not just the fact that my laundry has gone from 9-3 with a shot at a home bye to 9-5 and needing help to even get in. Or that my fantasy league team, a shocking Week One juggernaut, has whittled away, through injury and regression, to the middle of the...
Via Five Tool Tool
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons QB: Showdown with Saints just another game

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan says he and the Atlanta Falcons face no added pressure with everything on the line this week. In the first season of a six-year, $103.75 million contract, Ryan was hoping to steer Atlanta back to respectability, but that has not been the case. The Falcons (5-9) have lost three of four heading into Sunday's game at New Orleans (6-8)...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta at New Orleans: 5 Things to Know

With everything on the line on Sunday for the game in New Orleans, the Atlanta Falcons hope having already beat the Saints once this season will be a good luck charm in helping to decide the NFC South. The team is also hoping stud wide receiver Julio Jones will be available when Atlanta faces the Saints defense.Here are five things to know about this game.BIGGER, BETTER, MORESo much...
Via Football Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s 1-32 quarterback ranking could be disputed

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...
Via cover32 - Falcons
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Look Between the Lines: Handicapping Week 16 in the NFL

James Hernandez has more than 15 years in the sports handicapping industry and contributes weekly for FOXsports.com as our betting expert. Have comments or questions? Make sure to email him at jameshernandez1981@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @jhern81. Philadelphia Eagles (-7) over Washington Redskins After a deflating loss at home to Dallas the Eagles will need to regroup...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

While Not His Speciality, Chiefs QB Alex Smith Can Still Go Deep

Against the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to complete 4-of-6 passes thrown more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage. While allowing 66.7% of all deep passes to completed against you is never a good thing, at least only one of the six that Ryan connected […] While Not His Speciality, Chiefs QB Alex Smith Can...
Via Steelers Depot
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Road to the 'Chip: Fantasy Playoff Guide

It’s hard to believe we’re down to the last two weeks of the regular season and for most fantasy owners, the last week of the playoffs!!  There can only be two teams in the “CHIP,” so hopefully your squad made enough plays to secure a place in the dance.  For those wondering how my team has performed during the playoff stretch, I’m happy to inform you that I’m 1.3 points...
Via Football By Football
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Climbing The Ranks. STEELERS WIN.

Does anyone else feel weird about liking this team? They had us primed early in the season for a phenomenally bad year, but a couple months later they control their own destiny en route to the playoffs. I’m still starting to come to terms with the idea that the 2014 Steelers can be competitive, and they’re 9-5. 9-5 is a good pace in the AFC this year. As for the Atlanta Falcons...
Via Blitzburgh Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Playoffs - Quarterbacks

Most fantasy football playoffs are headed into Championship Weekend, with Week 16 in the NFL.  The past two weeks have seen a lot of heartache, and alcohol consumption.  Drew Brees and Jay Cutler faceoff tonight on Monday Night Football, and with weapons like Jimmy Graham, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery on each side of the ball, there are still plenty of tickets to the 'ship...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Worilds' Hit on Ryan Vicious, But Clean

Facing a third down and one with less than two minutes remaining, the Steelers were clinging to a seven point lead in Atlanta on Sunday and needed just one final first down to secure an important Week 15 victory. However, instead of handing the football off to all-world running back Le'Veon Bell, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger faked a hand-off and found Heath Miller, his trusty tight...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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