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5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons (0-1) are set to face the Oakland Raiders (1-0) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at the O.CO (Oakland-Alameda County) Coliseum.

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Thursday:

1. 2 Billion dollar operation.  Eighteen NFL teams are more valuable than the Falcons, according to Forbes magazine. The Falcons are 19th of 32 teams, with a value of $2.13 billion. That is lower than the NFL average of $2.34 billion. Owner Arthur Blank paid $545 million for the Falcons in 2002.

2. No-huddle blues continues. Everyone knows that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan runs the no-huddle offense better than most quarterbacks in the league. However, the Falcons have not plans to use the no-huddle more.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he likes for his offense to play at a fast tempo occasionally as a change-of-pace during a drive. However, Quinn said he doesn’t believe his personnel is equipped for using a no-huddle attack extensively. “We don’t see it as a featured way where, every play, we are no huddle,” Quinn said Wednesday. “We wouldn’t be able to play in a style that would best suit our guys. That said, we do like going in and out of that speed. That stresses the defense a lot. We did that some last week and it’s something we’d like to be able to do (in the future).”

3. Matchup corner. The Falcons plan to have cornerback Desmond Trufant shadow Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper when they are in man-to-man coverage.

4. Hageman mum on arrest. Falcons defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman was reluctant to discuss his arrest that resulted in three misdemeanor domestic violence related charges.

5. Beasley update. Quinn said that he's not worried about Vic Beasley's confidence after he didn't record a tackle over 39 snaps against Tampa Bay.

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As the Falcons prepare for the Raiders, the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov look at the issues facing the team and the biggest concerns this week in Oakland.



WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 68 Mike Person

C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland

RG 65 Chris Chester, 71 Wes Schweitzer

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 76 Tom Compton

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 81 Austin Hooper, 80 Levine Toilolo, 82 Joshua Perkins

WR 12 Mohamed Sanu, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 18 Taylor Gabriel

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco


DE 50 Brooks Reed, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 93 Dwight Freeney

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 90 Derrick Shelby

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 91 Courtney Upshaw

DE 94 Tyson Jackson, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman

LB 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 41 Philip Wheeler

LB 45 Deion Jones, 55 Paul Worrilow, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

LB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 56 Sean Weatherspoon

CB 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin

CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 34 Brian Poole

S 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie

S 36 Kemal Ishmael, 38 Dashon Goldson, 22 Keanu Neal


K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 26 Tevin Coleman, 14 Eric Weems

PR 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy

LS 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher

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