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5 things every Falcons fans needs to know Friday

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Here are five things you need to know Friday about the Falcons (6-6), who play at Carolina (12-0)  at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

1. PRACTICE TODAY:  The Falcons have a  practice that is scheduled to start at 11:30 p.m. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will speak on the field after practice followed by an open locker room session.

2. SHANAHAN ADDRESSING THE SPUTTERING OFFENSE: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan addressed the shortcomings of the offense, but wouldn't say it was "bad" because some the statistics say otherwise. Here's what our Michael Cunningham derived from the briefing on the offense: Shanahan feels heat as offense flails.

3. JONES IN THE RED ZONE: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones still wants to be used more in the red zone. Here's what he had to say about the sputtering offense.

4. KNEE IS FINE: Julio Jones has a minor knee injury that has him on the injury report, but won't keep him out of the game on Sunday.

5. FAST AND PHYSICAL: Falcons defenders -- Adrian Clayborn, Jonathan Babineaux and Vic Beasley -- were called out for "loafing" on the Jameis Winston 20-yard scramble by Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy.


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