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Round 2 Roundup

The defending champion North Gwinnett Bulldogs secured a trip to the quarterfinals in a decisive 41-7 victory over visiting West Forsyth. Quarterback JR Martin threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to fellow Junior Josh Downs before West Forsyth found a little momentum. Jake Huggins forced a Bulldog fumble that was recovered and returned for 37 yards by Mikhari Sibblis, and the Wolverine defense...


Falcons plan to open roof for third consecutive home game

Falcons plan to open roof for third consecutive home game

The Falcons plan to open the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the team said Friday.  That would mark the Falcons’ third regular-season home game this season – and the third in a row – under an open roof.
Falcons seek to rebound against stout Cowboys’ defense

Falcons seek to rebound against stout Cowboys’ defense

The momentum the Falcons the amassed during their three-game win streak was squandered with a dreadful loss to the Browns last week. Now, the Falcons (4-5) find themselves in rebound-mode again and set to face the Cowboys (4-5), who are also trying to find their way this season.
Trufant, Alford battling through rough patches

Trufant, Alford battling through rough patches

Back in 2013, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was a visitor to the Falcons’ training camp. He granted Desmond Trufant’s request to wear his No. 21 jersey and gave his general blessing to Trufant and Robert Alford, who were taken 22nd and 60th in the 2013 draft.  They were struggling that day, but Sanders contended that both would be just fine. He was right.
Falcons’ Matt Bryant fully participates in practice

Falcons’ Matt Bryant fully participates in practice

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant fully participated in practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained right hamstring, according to the team’s official injury report.  Bryant has been out since making a 56-yard field goal against the Buccaneers on Oct. 14. “He’ll take his normal allotment,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said before practice.
Falcons on the lookout for Zeke

Falcons on the lookout for Zeke

When Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel left his weekly news conference, you knew who was on his mind because even though he already had answered questions on multiple topics, as he exited the room, he blurted out, “Ezekiel.” Ezekiel Elliott is coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time.
Falcons’ Deion Jones made it through first practice back without issue

Falcons’ Deion Jones made it through first practice back without issue

Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones inched closer to playing against the Cowboys on Sunday.  “He did well,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “He was limited in terms of reps. We’ll add some more to that today. The good news was that there was no setbacks from a pain standpoint. It went well.
Former Falcon Jalen Collins signed to Colts’ practice squad

Former Falcon Jalen Collins signed to Colts’ practice squad

Jalen Collins, a one-time second-round pick of the Falcons who recently completed serving his fourth suspension, was signed to the Colts practice squad.  The Colts released quarterback Phillip Walker from the practice squad to make room for Collins. Collins, 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, played in 24 career games (eight starts) with the Falcons (2015-17). He compiled 43 tackles (40 solo), 2.
Playoffs? Not out of question for 4-5 Falcons

Playoffs? Not out of question for 4-5 Falcons

Think the 4-5 Falcons are out of the playoff hunt? Think again. Since 1990, seven teams that were 4-5 after nine games still made the postseason. The Falcons will try to keep their playoff hopes alive Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Three key matchups: Cowboys at Falcons 

Three key matchups: Cowboys at Falcons 

NFL coordinators talk about the matchups within the game. If Falcons linebacker Deion Jones plays, his matchup with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would be a key to the game. But since Jones’ status is up in the air, it didn’t make the cut.  Here are three key matchups to keep an eye on when the Cowboys (4-5) play the Falcons (4-5) at 1 p.m.
What Matt Ryan had to say as Falcons try to rebound from loss to Browns 

What Matt Ryan had to say as Falcons try to rebound from loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say to the Atlanta media on Thursday:  On the challenge this week getting ready for Dallas: “Yeah, their defense presents a number of challenges. They’re playing really well. Their front four is one of the better front fours in the league. They get after the passer really well. They get after the run.
Injury report: Bryant, Shelby held out of practice

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.
What Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to say about Falcons

What Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to say about Falcons

Here’s what Dallas coach Jason Garrett had to say to the Atlanta media in a conference call on Wednesday:  On the big win in Philly: “Obviously, it was an important game for us. Division games on the road are always critical. You and I both know that every one of them are important.
Jones back on active roster, ‘close’ to return

Jones back on active roster, ‘close’ to return

Deion Jones can’t wait to smack around some poor running back again. “Close,” Jones said on Wednesday when asked for a percentage on when he would return from a broken foot.  The Falcons’ defense, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, could receive a major boost from the return of the Pro Bowl middle linebacker.
Cover 9@9 - Campbell: ‘We didn’t take them seriously’ 

Cover 9@9 - Campbell: ‘We didn’t take them seriously’ 

  1. Praise for Campbell: Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is thoughtful and articulate when answering questions from the media.  He speaks his mind and tells the truth.  That’s all he was doing in a post game interview with David Archer on 92.9 The Game, the team’s flagship radio station, on Sunday.
Calvin Johnson continues fight against pancreatic cancer 

Calvin Johnson continues fight against pancreatic cancer 

Former Detroit Lions and Georgia Tech star wide receiver Calvin Johnson will host his “Going Purple” bowl-a-thon event, which is a fundraiser to help strike out pancreatic cancer, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Midtown Bowl. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Are Dak Prescott and the Cowboys legitimate? 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Are Dak Prescott and the Cowboys legitimate? 

In the 90th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, our pal Clarence Hill -- we just call him ‘Chill’ -- from the Forth Worth Star-Telegram stops by to discuss the season the Cowboys are having and the future of quarterback Dak Prescott.
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.
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. 
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.
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