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Injury report: Bryant, Shelby held out of practice

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (right hamstring) and defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, according to the team’s official injury report in advance of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (calf), linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), linebacker Deion Jones (right foot), free safety Damontae Kazee (shoulder) and wide receiver Mohamed...


Film-review report card: Browns 28, Falcons 16 

Film-review report card: Browns 28, Falcons 16 

Here are the grades, after reviewing the film on gamepass.nfl.com, for the Falcons after their embarrassing 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Run offense: The Browns bottled up the Falcons’ running game. After taking a 28-7 lead in the third quarter, the Falcons were forced to pass. Tevin Coleman rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries.
A quick look at the Dallas Cowboys

A quick look at the Dallas Cowboys

The Falcons know the clock is ticking on their once promising season. The Falcons (4-5) have a key conference matchup with the Cowboys (4-5) that could have playoff implications at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons could move up in the NFC playoffs race and get the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys with a victory.
Five things to know about Cowboys-Falcons matchup

Five things to know about Cowboys-Falcons matchup

The Falcons (4-5) are on the fringes of the NFC playoff race and are in a must-win situation against the Cowboys (4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons would move up in the NFC playoffs race and get the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys with a victory.
5 things to know about Julio Jones’ journey to 10,000 yards

5 things to know about Julio Jones’ journey to 10,000 yards

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reached the 10,000-receiving yard mark in his 103rd career game Sunday, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach that mark. Here are five things to know about the 8-year veteran’s journey to 10,000: Through 103 games, Jones has more than 40 games of 100 yards or more receiving. He had nine alone in 2015, a Falcons franchise record.
Deion Jones activated, eligible to return against Cowboys 

Deion Jones activated, eligible to return against Cowboys 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was not very enthusiastic about the potential return of Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones for this week’s game. The Falcons (4-5) play the Cowboys (4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.    “We’ll have the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said on Monday.
Quinn wants more speed and energy after disappointing loss to Browns 

Quinn wants more speed and energy after disappointing loss to Browns 

Dan Quinn just more colorful language to describe the Falcons’ mood after a lackluster and season-threatening loss to the Browns. After getting steamrolled by Cleveland Sunday, 28-16, the Falcons returned to practice Monday and started their attempt to move on from the embarrassing loss. After reviewing the film with the staff and meeting with the players, Quinn had a clear plan.
Why the 4-5 Falcons are only half a team

Why the 4-5 Falcons are only half a team

The giddiness over winning three in a row was understandable. Winning three in a row beats the heck out of losing three in a row, which these Falcons had already endeavored to do. But two of those three victories came at home against teams that are a collective 4-13, and one thing you could say about Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood is that it hasn’t lately lost to a bad team. Now it has.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  

In the 89th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we dissect how the Falcons will try to pick up the pieces after getting pummeled by the Cleveland Browns 28-16 on Sunday.  Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Matt Ryan stop by to tell us what happened to the passing attack against the Browns.  --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
Snap counts in Falcons’ loss to Browns 

Snap counts in Falcons’ loss to Browns 

Here are the percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams for the Falcons from their 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday.
What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 

What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday: On the difficulty of the loss after a three game win streak: “It was disappointing. Obviously, you have to give credit to Cleveland. I thought they played really well and made a lot of good plays. We fell short and did not make enough plays when we needed to.
What Julio Jones said after loss to Browns 

What Julio Jones said after loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say after the 28-16 loss to the Browns:  On losing momentum with a loss: “No, we have to do a better job offensively. They played a lot of two-high the whole game, and we just have to go out there and find ways to attack cover two.
What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 

What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 

While cornerback Desmond Trufant and Damontae Kazee declined to speak to the media after the loss, here’s what other Falcons players said after getting body-slammed 28-16 by the Browns Sunday:  On what happened: “We have to go to the film, see what we have to correct and move forward.
Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over Falcons

Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over Falcons

Cleveland running back Nick Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over the Falcons. “This is the same game we always play no matter who the opponent is,” said Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia. “I know that is my hometown, but I’m just prepared like any other game.
Five things we learned from Falcons’ 28-16 loss to Browns 

Five things we learned from Falcons’ 28-16 loss to Browns 

So much for the Falcons’ season-saving win streak. The Falcons came out flat and got steamrolled by the lowly Browns 28-16  before a raucous and faithful fan base of 62,144 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. “We just came out flat today,” said rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun, who was about the only player to openly admit what happened.
Nick Chubb breaks loose for 92-yard TD run 

Nick Chubb breaks loose for 92-yard TD run 

Browns running back Nick Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia, broke loose for a 92-yard touchdown run against the Falcons on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. The score put the Browns up 28-10 with 8:45 to play in the third quarter.  The touchdown was the longest rushing touchdown in Cleveland franchise history.
Browns up on Falcons 14-10 at halftime 

Browns up on Falcons 14-10 at halftime 

Led by two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Browns lead the Falcons 14-10 at halftime on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mayfield has completed 12 of 12 passes for 165 yards.  He tossed 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nick Chubb.  Chubb rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries in the first half.
Falcons’ Julio Jones fastest to 10,000 yards in NFL history 

Falcons’ Julio Jones fastest to 10,000 yards in NFL history 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught a 30-yard pass against the Browns in the second quarter to go over the 10,000-yards receiving mark in his career on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.  Over 102 career games, Jones entered the game with 9,987 yards.
Inactives: Falcons at Browns 

Inactives: Falcons at Browns 

The Falcons (4-4) will near full strength when the face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. The inactives for the Falcons were kicker Mat Bryant, tackle Matt Gono, defensive end Stephen Means, fullback Ricky Ortiz, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Keith Tandy and offensive guard Rees Odhiambo.
Five things to know before today’s Falcons at Browns’ kickoff

Five things to know before today’s Falcons at Browns’ kickoff

Here are five things to know before today’s Falcons (4-4) at Browns (2-6-1) kickoff at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones needs just 13 yards to reach the 10,000-yards in his career.  Over 102 career games, Jones has 9,987 yards.
Falcons not half bad on defense, and getting better

Falcons not half bad on defense, and getting better

Halfway through the season the Falcons aren’t half bad on defense. If that seems like faint praise, you should have seen them before.  Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel warned us after two Pro Bowl starters from last season, linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal, went to injured reserve after the first game.  “Next man up” sounds nice in theory.
Alex Mack looks forward to going back, sort of

Alex Mack looks forward to going back, sort of

Upon talking to Alex Mack about anything football, one may walk away feeling like a witness to a metronome click, as the Falcons center approaches and speaks about his craft as a machine might if it were to play the game – methodically, without deviation.
Alford back for Falcons, Bryant’s out for Browns game

Alford back for Falcons, Bryant’s out for Browns game

The Falcons figure to be nearly at full strength Sunday when they play at Cleveland, as starting right cornerback Robert Alford will return to the lineup, and coach Dan Quinn said after Friday’s practice that the only player ruled out against the Browns will be kicker Matt Bryant.
On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line 

On the hot seat: The Falcons’ offensive line 

The Falcons (4-4) will try to keep their rushing attack rolling when they face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The Browns give up 138.9 yards per game, which ranks 29th of 32 in the league. The Falcons rushed 24 times for 154 yards, the second-highest output of the season against the Redskins.
QB corner: What Matt Ryan said about the Browns 

QB corner: What Matt Ryan said about the Browns 

On Cleveland’s defense: “They lead the league in turnovers. I think they’ve done a good job in the secondary of making plays, (tipping) the ball in the air and coming up with interceptions.
UPDATED: Falcons’ official depth chart for Browns’ game 

UPDATED: Falcons’ official depth chart for Browns’ game 

The Falcons released their official depth chart for the game against the Browns on Tuesday before they added Bruce Irvin and released offensive lineman Austin Pasztor. The Falcons are set to play the Browns at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.  The team removed Pasztor from their online depth chart, but had not placed Irvin in a slot as of 11:32 a.m. on Friday.
Falcons look to avoid letdown against Browns 

Falcons look to avoid letdown against Browns 

The Falcons have rebounded from their 1-4 sunken place with three straight wins, including an impressive 38-14 pummeling of the NFC East first-place Redskins last week.
Just kicking it around, and schmoozing to boot

Just kicking it around, and schmoozing to boot

When it comes to football kickers, many of whom over the years have been considered curious, the Falcons’ man of the moment will change no stereotypes. Yet, Giorgio Tavecchio’s path and manner qualify as unique.
Falcons swarming to stop the run

Falcons swarming to stop the run

The Falcons will have you know that no great research went into improving their run defense, no secrets have been incorporated into their grimy work, and that when they seek to blunt former Georgia running back Nick Chubb on Sunday in Cleveland, the plan shall be simple. Like, send a lot of dudes at the guy with the ball. Start with numbers.
New Falcon Irvin elated to exchange silver and black for red and black 

New Falcon Irvin elated to exchange silver and black for red and black 

Bruce Irvin burst out of the locker-room doors and on his way to his first practice with the Falcons and yelled, “I’m free! I’m free!” He was glad to be out of dysfunctional Oakland and wearing the red and black instead of silver and black.  Irvin, a native of Atlanta, is looking forward to playing for the Falcons (4-4) when they face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m.
What Julio Jones had to say on Thursday 

What Julio Jones had to say on Thursday 

Here’s what Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say to the media on Thursday:  On some of the keys on keeping the offense going: “You know for us, it’s more about us than them. We just have to be consistent, we have to remember like you said they create a lot of turnovers on there defense. But we just have to protect the ball and do what we do.
Watch: Bruce Irvin on joining hometown Falcons

Watch: Bruce Irvin on joining hometown Falcons

Newly acquired Bruce Irvin reported for his first day of work with the Falcons on Tuesday. He joins his hometown team in a situation he called a “childhood dream.” Irvin could play for the Falcons in Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Falcons waive Pasztor to make room for Irvin 

Falcons waive Pasztor to make room for Irvin 

The Falcons waived offensive lineman Austin Pasztor Thursday to make room for newly acquired defensive end Bruce Irvin. Pasztor, who was with the team in 2017, was signed on Oct. 24 after Brandon Fusco suffered a broken ankle.  Pasztor was signed by the Falcons during training camp in 2017. He saw action in seven games last season.
Where to watch, listen or live stream Falcons at Browns 

Where to watch, listen or live stream Falcons at Browns 

What you should know about Sunday’s NFL game between the Falcons (4-4) and the Cleveland Browns (2-6-1): - Time: 1 p.m. - Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio. - TV: Fox NFL:  Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert, Color Analysis: Ronde Barber. Field reporter: Sara Walsh. - Local Radio:  92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham. Color Analyst: Dave Archer.
Jake Matthews vs. Myles Garrett to be epic matchup 

Jake Matthews vs. Myles Garrett to be epic matchup 

Here are three key matchups to consider when the Falcons (4-4) face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland. Falcons LT Jake Matthews vs. Browns DE Myles Garrett: Matthews and Garrett’s stays at Texas A&M didn’t overlap. Matthew’s younger brother Mike played with Garrett, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2017.
Josh Harris signs three-year, $3.6 million contract extension

Josh Harris signs three-year, $3.6 million contract extension

Falcons long snapper Josh Harris signed a three-year contract extension worth $3.6 million on Friday. Harris will receive base salaries of $930,000 in 2019; $945,00 in 2020; and $960,000 in 2021. A total of $250,000 of his base salary in 2019 is guaranteed, according to NFLPA documents. He was set to receive $805,000 in 2018, but the new deal gave him an additional $826,176 in base salary.
Falcons’ offensive line wins weekly toughness award 

Falcons’ offensive line wins weekly toughness award 

The Falcons’ offensive line, which paved the way for 154 yards rushing against the Redskins, was named the NFL’s toughest offensive line of the week on Wednesday.  The Falcons won the Built Ford Tough offensive line of the week award with their 38-14 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday. The campaign recognizes the NFL's toughest players who are in the trenches.
What Matt Ryan had to say on Wednesday 

What Matt Ryan had to say on Wednesday 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say on Wednesday: On Cleveland’s defense: “I think they lead the league in turnovers. I think they’ve done a good job in the secondary of making plays and passing the ball in the air and coming up with interceptions.
Falcons plan to rush Irvin, Beasley and McKinley at same time

Falcons plan to rush Irvin, Beasley and McKinley at same time

The Falcons are hoping that the addition of defensive end Bruce Irvin will improve the team’s pass rush over the second half of the season. Irvin will allow the Falcons to use a “NASCAR” (speed rush) package in passing situations.
X-factor: Falcons’ run defense must stop ex-Bulldog Nick Chubb 

X-factor: Falcons’ run defense must stop ex-Bulldog Nick Chubb 

Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia, will make his third start against the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Chubb has rushed 74 times for 403 yards and four touchdowns. He’s caught 3 of 7 targets in the passing game for 15 yards. 
What Browns coach Gregg Williams had to say about Falcons 

What Browns coach Gregg Williams had to say about Falcons 

Here’s what Browns coach Gregg Williams had to say to the Atlanta media on Wednesday: On the Falcons: “I think they are a very talented team and I have a lot of respect for Dan (Quinn) and everybody down there and how they’ve been building the team and how they go about the program and how they have their philosophy of coaching. I think it’s outstanding.
Dan Quinn on the Bruce Irvin deal

Dan Quinn on the Bruce Irvin deal

Here’s what Dan Quinn had to say the addition of defensive end Bruce Irvin on Wednesday:   On Irvin getting here: “He’ll get in tonight. He’s coming from the Bay area. He’ll get his physical down and hopefully be at meetings and practice tomorrow.
Deion Jones returns to Falcons’ practice 

Deion Jones returns to Falcons’ practice 

Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones, who’s been out since the first game of the season, returned to practice on Wednesday. “We will begin practicing with Deion Jones today,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said before the team’s walk-through. “You won’t see him on the injury report because he’s technically not on the active roster.
Uh-oh, Saints to add Dez Bryant

Uh-oh, Saints to add Dez Bryant

Perhaps bad news for the Falcons, the Saints are about to add Dez Bryant. The All-Pro wide receiver agreed to a deal with New Orleans on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, after going unsigned this season. He could sign as soon as Thursday. Bryant, 30, was released by the Cowboys in April. He had workouts with several times since, including one with the Saints on Tuesday. He was due $12.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: The wheels appear to be coming off in Cleveland ... again 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: The wheels appear to be coming off in Cleveland ... again 

In the 88th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s editor Kevin Riley stops by to help us preview the Cleveland Browns. The Falcons, who have won three in a row, are closely monitoring the Bruce Irvin situation. He could help to upgrade the defense.  --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
Film review report card: Falcons 38, Redskins 14

Film review report card: Falcons 38, Redskins 14

Here are the grades, after reviewing the film on gamepass.nfl.com, for the Falcons from their 38-14 shellacking of the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Run offense: With a 21-7 lead, the Falcons came out in the third quarter determined to run the ball down the Redskins’ throats.
A quick look at the Cleveland Browns 

A quick look at the Cleveland Browns 

After going 0-16, the Cleveland Browns won the offseason Super Bowl title.  They landed wide receiver Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor in free agency. They drafted their quarterback of the future, took the sleekest cornerback in the draft and power runner Nick Chubb from Georgia.
Five things to know about Browns-Falcons matchup

Five things to know about Browns-Falcons matchup

The Falcons (4-4), who are on the fringes of the NFC playoff race, can continue their climb back to responsibility when they put their three-game winning streak on the line against the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.  This will be the 15th regular-season meeting between the Browns and Falcons. The Brows lead the series 11-3 and have won three of the last four games.
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