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Falcons' Hester sets NFL record in 56-14 rout

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The Falcons rebounded in grand style Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

The offense moved at will, the defense showed flashes of a pass rush and special-teams maven Devin Hester ignited the building with a dazzling return in the 56-14 plastering of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before 70,318 fans.

After defeating New Orleans, the Falcons suffered a disconcerting 24-10 loss to Cincinnati. With the win over the Bucs, they improved to 2-1.

Mark Bradley

On the road to recovery, the Falcons lap the Bucs

For the record, the Falcons and the Buccaneers both went 4-12 last season. For the record, they split their head-to-head meetings. For the record, these teams were pitiable peers in 2013.

For the record, they’re peers no more.

The Falcons have already won half as many games as they did last season, and we’re not yet done with September.


Jeff Schultz

Sept. 18, 2014

Falcons now realize they need to step on gas

To suggest the Falcons returned to some reality Thursday night after Sunday’s beat down in Cincinnati wouldn’t be completely accurate. That would suggest their opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, exists in an NFL reality, as opposed to, say, a toxic waste dump.

The 2014 Bucs aren’t just bad, they’re punchline bad. Lovie Smith, who once coached the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl, decided to take the Tampa Bay job only because the next step down was the CFL.



Braves starting rotation excels as offense sputters

The Braves are no better than mediocre, as indicated by their 76-76 record.

They are also monotonous, repeating the same pattern as they plummet out of serious playoff contention this month.

The starting pitcher is good to great but the Braves lose because the offense is bad to awful. Braves starters are left to answer some variation of the same question: Is it frustrating to keep losing while pitching so well?

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech will once again try to defeat Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech and defensive coordinator Bud Foster have slowed Paul Johnson’s offense at Georgia Tech unlike any other team in the ACC’s Coastal Division.

After last year’s loss, which dropped Johnson to 1-5 against the Hokies, he said Foster’s troops do things that cause the Jackets to “self-destruct when we play them.”

The two will tangle in Blacksburg, Va.


UGA’s Toby Johnson goes from scout team to captain

UGA’s Toby Johnson goes from scout team to captain

Georgia’s Toby Johnson was working with the scout team at the end of preseason camp, and he barely got into the game in the season opener against Clemson. In the next game, he started, led the linemen in tackles and was named the Bulldogs’ defensive captain for Game 3.

So what gives?

“I can tell you,” Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said, matter-of-factly.


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