Falcons' decimation of Bucs offers new meaning to 'mismatch'

ATLANTA -- The NFL may be home to the biggest, strongest, toughest and most skilled football players on the planet. But there are still days when the words "competitive" and "balance" lose all meaning after the opening coin toss. Take Thursday's nationally televised demolition at the Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Falcons, just four days removed from a desultory...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL injury updates: Latest news as Week 3 approaches

The fallout from Sunday's injuries continued to resonate throughout the NFL on Tuesday, though with the scope or impact of Monday's announcements. Nonetheless, plenty of teams got more news — both good and bad — and made necessary moves as Week 3 quickly approaches. •   First in Atlanta, where the Falcons and Bucs must quickly rebound from Sunday losses as they play...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: How To Beat The Bengals

The Atlanta Falcons will have to work with its third left tackle of the offseason and regular season. Team officials announced the team’s 2014 first round draft pick, Jake MatthewsWill miss the game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an ankle injury.Matthews was still dealing with the ankle injury Wednesday as the Falcons took the practice field for their first preparations...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith gives status update on rookie Jake Matthews

One of the big questions facing the Atlanta Falcons heading into Sunday’s tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals is the status of rookie offensive lineman Jake Matthews. In the first half of last week’s win over the New Orleans Saints, Matthews suffered a sprained ankle and could not return. X-rays taken in the locker room came back negative. Since then Falcons fans have been awaiting...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta's quest to reclaim the NFC South begins Today

It was the worst season of the Mike Smith administration in the dirty south.The Falcons' 2013 season was marred by injuries to the wide receiver position, poor offensive line play, and a defense that could only be classified as soft. A season in which they were expected to do a lot of damage turned to disaster and they finished with a 4-12 record.Julio Jones and Roddy White will...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

The NFL season kicks off with loaded slate of action on Sunday. In one of the more interesting match-ups of the day the New Orleans Saints will travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints returned to being an NFC power last season while the Falcons tumbled to their worst run under Mike Smith. Coverage of the game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons will air on...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Season Finale Recap

The Hard Knocks series with the Falcons was an enjoyable watch. (Phelan M. Ebenhack) The season finale of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons opens with undrafted rookie linebacker Jacques Smith taking a walk backstage after being  Smith then goes to head coach Mike Smith and asks for a chance to address the team to apologize for getting kicked out of the game. Matt Ryan – in...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: Saints @ Falcons Preview!

The boys have you covered for the Saints season opener in Atlanta. They discuss Why Sean Payton hates kickers Dave breaks down the final roster and what moves are left to make Andrew explains how Rob Ryan can protect the Saints #2 CB Kevin wonders if this a must win for the Falcons? The boys try to understand Mike Smith’s ‘Toughness Crusade’ Mini Tulane and LSU Football Recaps...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Downs: Falcons suffer 25-point smackdown in Houston

The Atlanta Falcons landed in Houston on Tuesday, to join the Texans in combined practices. After five days of being on the road, and a 32-7 shellacking on Saturday night, the Falcons are likely itching to get back to Flowery Branch, Ga. The Falcons are now 1-1 during preseason action, but even though a win came before this loss, the feeling must be gloomy as nothing seemed to go...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons camp: Four observations from Monday workout

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- On Tuesday, the Falcons will board a flight to Houston in preparation for some joint practices/Saturday preseason game with the Texans. On Monday, the Falcons completed one of their last Georgia-based afternoon sessions of training camp, which breaks in seven days. That alone should get the juices flowing for those who can't wait for the regular season...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

32 in 32: Atlanta Falcons

32 in 32 - The wait through the offseason of the National Football League can seem like ages to say the least. If the minicamps, OTAs, training camps and all other summer activities are not enough to whet your appetite, well, we know exactly how you feel. We can’t wait until August and we don’t think that you should have to either. We are going to be bringing you a preview of...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Training camp preview: 5 questions facing Falcons

After the final air horn blew on Thursday, signifying the end of mini-camp -- a double blast that served as an exclamation mark on the start of their final five weeks off this offseason -- the Atlanta Falcons gathered on the practice field by position group. One by one, as their huddles broke up, they walked off quietly. This was not the sprint off the field of previous years, when...
Via Fox Sports South
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2014: 5 Most Pressing Questions Heading Into Training Camp

The NFC South just got a little tighter. The Saints improved their offense and shored up their defense. The Buccaneers had a really good of season in free agency and did a good job of finding offensive weapons in the Draft. The Panthers may have taken a step backward with its losses on the offensive line and at receiver, but they still have a dominant defense that will carry the...
Via Football Nation
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Will Be a Make or Break One for the Atlanta Falcons

The 2014 Atlanta Falcons will enter the season with a lot of pressure on them following a down 2013 season. The Falcons were on the verge of making the Super Bowl in 2012, but followed it up with a dreadful 4-12 season in 2013. The Falcons went 1-5 in the NFC South and were never serious contenders in the NFC at any point last year. The Falcons will enter 2014 looking for star quarterback...
Via Football Nation
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Begin New Season as 2014-15 Schedule is Announced

  The 2014-15 NFL Regular Season is over 130 full-days , but in the meantime the Falcons now know who they’ll be playing (and when) once the season gets here as the schedule was recently announced Wednesday night. “I believe (playing early) is a new thing for the NFL: breakfast with the Falcons,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said when speaking about the Falcons hosting the season...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL schedule breakdown: Atlanta Falcons

Ever since Arthur Blank bought the Falcons in 2002, his goal has been to make them a relevant franchise in the NFL. That has mostly been the case in the past six seasons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith at the helm. Including their Thursday night game last season, the Falcons were scheduled for five prime-time games in 2013 (they ended up getting flexed...
Via Fox Sports South
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2014 Regular Season Schedule

Head coach Mike Smith is confident his Falcons will return to the playoffs this season. (Kevin C. Cox) The NFL regular season schedule for the 2014 season has been released. After last season’s 4-12 campaign, the Atlanta Falcons have just two primetime games: Week 3 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football and Week 14 at the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The five best current GM/head coach tandems in the NFL

Some teams lack the talent to win games. Some teams lack the wins even with talent on the roster. And some teams have trouble consistently winning. Good teams have the necessary front office pieces in place with a head coach that fully maximizes the capabilities of its players. So without further ado... 1.) Bill Belichick/--: I left the GM slot blank because Bill Belichick is his...
Via Football Nation
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NFC South Roundup: All quiet in Atlanta early in offseason

While only one NFC South team played in the wild card round of the playoffs, there were still plenty of storylines generated by the division. Only the Atlanta Falcons avoided NFL headlines, making the decision to stay pat on their general manager and head coach. Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff will both be back next season with the team, most believe owner Arthur Blank made the correct...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith hopes Atlanta keeps creating turnovers

Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes his defense is finally starting to understand how to create takeaways. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention in a Week 11 home loss to New Orleans, Atlanta has four interceptions and eight fumble recoveries in three games since. Strong safety William Moore, rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant and defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux were...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons need young players to thrive during stretch run

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the straightest of straight faces, Mike Smith decided to crack a joke on Monday. The Falcons head coach, who, in his official business with the media, is mostly as serious as they come, had some fun at the expense of the teams beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution while staring into cameras that would, at some point, carry the news conference...
Via Fox Sports South
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The weekend in NFL stupidity

A lot of bad officiating this week, so we'll spend a lot of time ripping the officials and the rules they're obligated to attempt to enforce. Here goes it. The stupidest fourth-down decision This was only slightly stupid, because it wouldn't have looked too bad had the kick been good, but I still don't agree with Mike Smith's decision to attempt a 52-yard...
Via This Given Sunday
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons in danger of first-to-worst finish in NFC

The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago. Coach Mike Smith said Monday he has no interest in completing a first-to-worst run for the Falcons, even if it brings the top pick in the NFL draft as a reward. Atlanta was 13-3 last season. ''I can assure you this: We...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith snaps at critics, defends Falcons' toughness

The irony could not have been more apparent. About six minutes after New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks went unpenalized for a blow to the head on quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter, Falcons right tackle Jeremy Trueblood received an unnecessary roughness call for a blow to Hicks' head. The call wiped out a 12-yard gain that would have given the Falcons a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith snaps at critics, defends Falcons' toughness

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The irony could not have been more apparent. About six minutes after New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks went unpenalized for a blow to the head on quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter, Falcons right tackle Jeremy Trueblood received an unnecessary roughness call for a blow to Hicks' head. The call wiped out a 12-yard gain that would have...
Via Fox Sports South
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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