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5 things every Falcons fan needs to know today

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s everything you need to know about the Falcons (5-1), who play the Tennessee Titans (1-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, this morning.

  1. Welcome back practice day. The Falcons will go through a light practice at 10:35 a.m. Coach Dan Quinn will address the media after practice followed by an open locker room session.
  2. Who’s back? We’ll have to check attendance at practice to see if wide receiver Julio Jones (toe, hamstring), linebacker Justin Durant (elbow) and center Mike Person (ankle) are back in action. It sounds like Person is close to returning. “He’s already back doing stuff so we’re hoping he could get a good bit of work in this week,” Quinn said on Friday. “We’ll make a decision at the end of the week.”
  3. Hometown Huddle on Tuesday. The Falcons, other NFL players, coaches and executives will participate with United Way in the Hometown Huddle for the 17th straight year. The Falcons’ 53-man roster and practice squad will participate alongside alumni, several Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and members of the Atlanta Falcons Women's Association will make surprise appearances at 12 different locations around metro Atlanta. Seven stops will include schools where the players and cheerleaders will promote physical fitness as part of the NFL's Play 60 initiative. Additional stops will be made at the SAFE House, children’s hospitals, a local Publix Super Market and the Atlanta Falcons Women's Association will prepare and serve lunch to the homeless at Crossroads Community Ministries.
  4. Mariota, Mettenberger play for Titans. Miami, playing for interim coach Dan Campbell, tormented Marcus Mariota as they finished with six sacks and two interceptions in the 38-10 romp. The second overall pick in the draft needed a knee brace and was replaced by former UGA-LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger late in the game. The Falcons are also looking to get their pass rush rolling. The Titans were not happy with a hit by Miami's Vernon Olivier on Mariota.
  5. Series record: This will be the 14th regular-season meeting with the Titans, who hold a 7-6 advantage over the Falcons. The Falcons won the last meeting 23-17 on Nov. 20, 2011.

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CineSport’s Brian Clark asks The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter why the Falcons were sloppy in Thursday’s 31-21 loss to the Saints, and what the first loss will tell us about the Falcons.

How did the Falcons get to 5-1?

Here's a look back at the game stories, news and notes from their loss to the Saints (31-21) and their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).

NEW ORLEANS GAME COVERAGE -- Saints 31, Falcons 21

5 things we learned in the Falcons' 31-21 loss to the Saints

Saints hand Falcons their first loss -- Quarter by Quarter

Matt Ryan: 'It was a tough night'

5 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' loss

What the Falcons had to say after their 31-21 loss to the Saints

Why didn't the Falcons feed Freeman? -- Mike Check

Falcons flash some of their ugly past -- Jeff Schultz column

Falcons-Saints by the numbers

Tweetcap: Falcons flop in New Orleans

WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT

Falcons pull out 25-19 victory over Redskins in OT -- Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned in the Falcons' 25-19 win over the Redskins

Alford's 59-yard interception return saves the day

What the Falcons had to say after the 25-19 win

Ryan, offense struggle with turnovers

Mark Bradley column: The Frenetic Falcons: Five-and-oh-my!

Roddy White hears support from the crowd

15 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' victory

Roddy White: 'I'll be a Falcons for life'

Tweetcap: Falcons beat Redskins in OT

TEXANS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 48, Texans 21

How the Falcons hammered the Texans -- Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons' 48-21 win over the Texans

Devonta Freeman stars again for the Falcons

What the Falcons had to say after pummeling the Texans

9 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' victory

Jeff Schult'z column: Devonta Freeman, 7 TDs -- who didn't see that coming

Schraeder, Matthews keep Watt in check

Hankerson turns in a 100-yard receiving day (second of his career)

Houston's J.J. Watt tips hat to the Falcons

Former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle honored during Texans game

COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 39, Cowboys 28

Falcons 39, Cowboys 28 -- Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons' 39-28 win over the Cowboys

Mark Bradley's short takes: Julio, Freeman and the defense

Devonta Freeman is catalyst for Falcons run game

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons had to say after beating Dallas

Julio Jones does it again: 12 catches, 164 yards and two touchdowns

Mark Bradley column: A dominant half shows what he Falcons could be

Offensive line cracked the run-game code

Ryan directed second-half fireworks show

Beasley help lead resurgence on defense

Where's Falcons wide receiver Roddy White?

GIANTS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 24, Giants 20

Falcons 24, Giants 20 -- Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from Falcons' 24-20 win over the Giants

Mark Bradley column -- Don't stop believin': Dan Quinn's men are 2-0

A record day for Julio Jones: 13 receptions

Kroy Biermann: 'We're a ball-attacking team'


5 things we learned from Falcons' upset win over Eagles

Matt Ryan leads Falcons to 26-24 win over the Eagles

Jeff Schultz column: An impressive debut by Quinn's new Falcons

Mark Bradley column: A new year: The Falcons dig deep and hang on

Julio Jones moves into fifth on Falcons' all-time receiving list

Tevin Coleman powers new rushing attack

Ricardo Allen seals victory in first start at free safety

4 questions with Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones after the game

Falcons rookies Beasley, Jarrett make impact

Falcons' revamped offensive line shows positive signs

Falcons quotes after their victory over the Eagles

Falcons-Eagles: By The Numbers

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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.