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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
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Setting the Table for the Saints

While everything seems to hinge on this weekend for the Atlanta Falcons on the road against the Saints, there is more to this game than just a battle with a division opponent. There is a history with New Orleans since both teams were placed in the same division.Now the battles are more of an offensive affair and most recently, there have been playoff berths to be won (last season...
Via Football Nation
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Falcons-Saints Preview

Although their records may be lousy, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons control their playoff destinies. Hoping to represent the downtrodden NFC South in the postseason, these sub-.500 teams meet Sunday at the Superdome. After losing four of five, New Orleans (6-8) took over first place with Monday's 31-15 road win over reeling Chicago. The Saints bounced back from a 41-10...
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

Plenty at Stake When Falcons Travel to New Orleans

Three teams. Two games. One playoff spot.If you didn’t think the next two weeks of the NFL season were HUGE, think again.There is nothing like late season playoff drama in the NFL, especially if one team in the NFC could have a losing record and could knock out a team with a better record. But I will go on record as saying the team that wins the NFC South should have nothing to...
Via Football Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons coach Smith facing an uncertain future

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field. They are 9-21 over the last two years and have lost three of five entering Sunday's game at New Orleans. ''Every time we go out there, we...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers Halt Falcons Late: 3 Things We Learned

Ben Roethlisberger came up big again for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers defense came up big as well, stopping another fourth quarter comeback with the same result for Atlanta as last week – another loss and a potential nail in the coffin of the team’s playoff hopes and the possible future of head coach Mike Smith.The 27-20 loss also opened the door for the New Orleans...
Via Football Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Loss to Steelers shows Falcons have yet to answer playoff urgency bell

ATLANTA -- No matter what Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, this season in the NFC South has been absolutely bonkers. After the Falcons lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday, Smith was asked how he felt about the way this season has played out, and the fact that if Atlanta handles its business in its final two games it will win the division. "Nothing is odd...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers Looks to Ground Falcons: 5 Things To Know

The Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals before falling in a comeback heart breaker to the Green Bay Packers. Now, the team clinging to the NFC South lead at 5-8 have another mountain to climb as the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. Can Atlanta, who can only make the post season by winning the division, give the Steelers defense a jolt like it did to the Packers last Monday night...
Via Football Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons still control their fate in 'crazy' NFC South

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) It's possible 5-8 never looked so good. The Atlanta Falcons have played just well enough to control their fate in the much-ridiculed NFC South, even though they can't finish the regular season with a winning record. Atlanta, which plays the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, is coming off a Monday night loss at Green Bay. Despite the loss, the Falcons still...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WR Jones, S Moore making improvement for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Star receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore are making improvement from injuries as the Atlanta Falcons prepare for a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Falcons limited themselves to a walk-through Wednesday, looking to recover physically from a grueling Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike Smith said Jones and Moore...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons hoping hip injury won't sideline Jones

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the ''intention'' is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday night's loss at Green Bay. Jones had 11 catches for a team-record 259 yards with one touchdown in the 43-37 loss to the Packers. He watched from the sideline after leaving the game in the fourth quarter...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Packers: Saturday (Sunday) Scoop

The Green Bay Packers finally get an appearance on Monday Night Football this season as they host the Atlanta Falcons to kick off the December portion of their schedule.  The Packers are 6-0 at home and are playing some inspiring football over the past month.  With big wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, the Packers must be taken seriously and especially...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta at Green Bay: Five Things to Know

The fact this is an important game in the NFC playoff picture says soemthing about how the Atlanta Falcons continue to hold on to the NFC South lead and even with a 5-7, they look to be a prominent fixture heading downt he season's stretch.Unless the Packers have something to say about it. Playing Green Bay right now after the team appears to ahve found its stride can only spell...
Via Football Nation
15 days ago  |  Discuss

After beating Cards, Falcons face mighty Packers

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500. The Green Bay Packers might be playing as well as anyone in the league. But, as Falcons coach Mike Smith pointed out Monday, both teams are in identical spots in the standings heading to the final month of the regular season. ''They're playing for the same thing we're playing for,'' Smith said. ''They're in first...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons’ return home spoiled by Browns in 26-24 defeat

  Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson) I took more time than usual to put this recap together because I couldn’t figure out what to say about this Atlanta Falcons team. And it’s not as if there’s a shortage of things to say. Any unflattering adjective fits the bill. This team manages to find ways to weasel...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan defends beleaguered Falcons head coach Mike Smith

Rumors have been swirling about the status of Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith’s job security. After his team’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, the speculation on Smith’s job got even more cloudy. The crazy thing about the Falcons is that they are still in the driver’s seat to win the NFC South. QB Matt Ryan admitted that the loss to Browns was disappointing, but doesn’t...
Via No Guts, No Glory
24 days ago  |  Discuss

As It Should Be

I’m coming at you a little earlier this week than usual, FAITHFUL READER. I am flying out tonight to my in-laws’ in Florida. Once again, I’ll forgo the pics and tunes for this post. I know that’s not what you come here for anyway. Before I talk about the game at Baltimore, let’s rehash Sunday. Before that touchdown was overturned by a penalty, I shouted out “Season...
Via Justice is Coming
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bird is the Word Podcast: Falcons still on top at 4-7

ATLANTA -- It's a strange NFL world where every team in the AFC North is at least three games above .500, and every team in the NFC South is at best three games under .500. It's the first time in NFL history for both occurrences. What that means for the NFC South is this: Atlanta and New Orleans are tied at 4-7, and the Falcons still own the tiebreaker for first place. Why are both...
Via Fox Sports South
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Three head coaches who won't be with current team in 2015

We have roughly a quarter of the 2014 NFL season remaining and the races for divisional and wild card playoff spots begin to really heat up as December approaches. It has been a wild and unpredictable season in the NFL as we have come to expect over the years. While we have the teams competing for playoff spots, there are also those teams that have underachieved and have their head...
Via Football Nation
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers Playoff Hopes Hinge on Themselves

If the Pittsburgh Steelers learned anything on their weekend off it’s that no one is going to hand them a playoff spot. I would argue they should have learned this lesson last year when they were left to rely on a kicker from Kansas City to get them into the postseason. We know how that worked out… Yesterday the Steelers watched as division foes Cleveland and Cincinnati both...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons' quirky rise to NFC South penthouse should be enjoyed

ATLANTA -- From a subjective-resume standpoint, the 2010 Seattle Seahawks aren't the worst team of this century to reach the NFL playoffs. That honor might go to the 2004 St. Louis Rams (8-8 overall; seven losses of 10 points or more, three defeats to sub-.500 clubs) or 2004 Seahawks (9-7 overall; four losses of 10-plus points, negative-point differential). But since Seattle's 2010...
Via Fox Sports South
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Gordon's Return a Concern for Team

As if game planning for the upstart Cleveland Browns wasn’t enough, the Atlanta Falcons are now planning for the Falcons and the return of Josh Gordon.After 10 weeks, the stud receiver is now part of the Cleveland offense, which has had a misstep or two lately.Gordon returned to the Cleveland practice field on Wednesday and it appears he could be a major part of the Browns’ offense...
Via Football Nation
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton is safe, but these 10 coaches could be fired

If the NFL season ended right now, with most teams having played 10 games, the playoff match-ups would be interesting. Some of the usual suspects (New England and Denver) would be taking part, while some preseason contenders (Seattle and San Francisco) would be on the outside looking in. Some surprise teams (Detroit and Kansas City) would be playing, while others (Miami and Buffalo...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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