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5 things every Falcons fans needs to know Wednesday

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The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter chats with CineSport’s Noah Coslov about whether Matt Ryan still gives the Falcons the best chance to win and what has changed since the Week 8 loss to the Bucs.

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Here are five things you need to know Wednesday about the Falcons (6-5), who play at Tampa Bay (5-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

1. PLAYERS ONLY MEETING: The Falcons held a players-only meeting on "Tell the Truth Monday." A lot of soul-searching is going on.

2. PRACTICE TODAY:  The Falcons have a morning walk-through and practice at 1:05 p.m. Running back Devonta Freeman is expected to return to work after being cleared from the concussion protocol by the independent doctors. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will talk with the media at 12:05 p.m. before practice.

3. RYAN ON HIS PLAY: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will talk to the media after practice around 3 p.m. Check back here for the video and a story.

4. IT'S ABOUT THE BALL: Defensive coordinator Richard Smith discusses his unit and if they are ready to carry the team.

5. SERIES RECORD: This will be the 45th regular season meeting between the Falcons and the Buccaneers. The series is tied, 22-22. The Bucs defeated the Falcons 23-20 in overtime on Nov. 1 at the Georgia Dome. They are going for their first sweep of the Falcons since 2010.

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MINNESOTA GAME COVERAGE -- Vikings 20, Falcons 10

5 things we learned from the 20-10 loss to the Vikings

What the Falcons had to say after the loss

12 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons' loss

Ryan goes into detail about his interceptions

Quarter-by-Quarter: How the Falcons lost 20-10 to the Vikings

White feels team got complacent after 5-0 start

Falcons rookie Coleman fumbles again

Falcons defense pulling its weight

Falcons fans jeer Ryan after his second interception


5 things we learned in the Falcons' 23-20 loss to the Bucs

How the Falcons lost to the Bucs in OT

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the loss to the Bucs

Adams disagreed with overtime pass interference call

Matt Ryan's miscues help to gift the Bucs' 20 points

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons were saying after the 23-20 loss to the Bucs

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston bests his role model: 'Mr. Ryan'

Falcons defense holds up, but forces no turnovers

Falcons rallied behind wide receiver Julio Jones

Bucs rookie linebacker Alexander dedicates win to deceased brother


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