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5 things we learned about the Falcons on Friday

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are the five things we learned on Friday about the Falcons (6-4), who host the Minnesota Vikings (7-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

1. FREEMAN IS OUT: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who's in the league concussion protocol program, was declared out by coach Dan Quinn on Friday. Rookies Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward will attempt to replace him in the lineup.

2. HANKERSON IS OUT: Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson was declared out for the game. He suffered a hamstring injury late in the game against the Colts.

3. KICKING GAME: The Falcons signed Shayne Graham on Thursday to handle the field goals. Matt Bryant suffered a quadriceps strain in practice on Wednesday and was also declared out for the game.

4. VIKINGS TO WATCH: Two key starters for the Vikings in safety Harrison Smith (knee) and defensive end Everson Griffen (hip, shoulder) missed Thanksgiving Day practice on Thursday. Griffen leads the Vikings in sacks with 6.5. Both are expected to play.

5. FALCONS PICKED TO WIN: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz is calling for the Falcons upset the Vikings on Sunday. Here's what he wrote in his weekend predictions column:

Vikings at Falcons: To all of Matt Ryan’s defenders, think about this: He has lost three consecutive games to Jameis Winston, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Hasselbeck. He has thrown 10 interceptions and lost last week’s game to Indianapolis (three interceptions, a pick-six, 25-for-46 passing) all by himself. So what happens when the Falcons play a pretty good team? Don’t know why I’m doing this but: Falcons cover 2.

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The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov preview Falcons-Vikings by looking back at the way the Packers beat Minnesota and by getting into Matt Ryan’s struggles.

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Here's a look back at the game stories, news and notes from the Falcons' games this season after their disappointing 24-21 loss to the Colts on Sunday.


5 things we learned from the Falcons' 24-21 loss to the Colt s

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER LOOK: How the Falcons lost to the Colts

Defense melted on key third down situation

9 comments from Dan Quinn on the loss to the Colts

What the Falcons had to say after the 24-21 loss

MATT RYAN: 'I've got to be better than that'

Rough day for Falcons rookies


5 things we learned from the Falcons' 17-16 loss to the 49ers

How the 49ers beat the Falcons, 17-16

JEFF SCHULTZ: Latest Falcons' embarrassment is on Dan Quinn

Gabbert, 49ers make Falcons defense look weak

Weems provides brief spark with big returns

PHOTOS -- Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

TAMPA BAY GAME COVERAGE -- Bucs 23, Falcons 20 in OT

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

TENNESSEE GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 10, Titans 7

5 things we learned from the Falcons' 10-7 victory over the Titans

BRADLEY: Falcons do enough to survive

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the Falcons' 10-7 victory over the Titans

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