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Freeman set to have sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia 

Freeman set to have sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is scheduled to have core/sports hernia surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, according to the Vincera Institute.  William C. Meyers, is one of the leaders in core/sports hernia injury surgery, founded the institute.   The Falcons placed Freeman on injured reserve on Tuesday, with a hope that he could return later in the season.
Cover 9@9: Hooper coming on strong 

Cover 9@9: Hooper coming on strong 

1. Hooper a weapon?: Tight end Austin Hooper stepped up and turned in his second consecutive strong game against the Buccaneers last week. “I thought it was another excellent performance by Austin Hooper,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Sometimes when certain coverage may go to one player, other opportunities are there. He is certainly nailing them.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons and Giants ready for MNF showdown 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons and Giants ready for MNF showdown 

In the 84th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the two things the Falcons must do to save their season -- run block and stop missing tackles. Also, we take a look at the New York Giants, who are a hot mess at 1-5 and appear to be on the brink of a disastrous season.
Film review report card: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29 

Film review report card: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 29 

After reviewing the coaches’ film, it’s grading time for the Falcons’ play in their 34-29 win over of the Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After the offense couldn’t run out the clock, the Bucs made it interesting until the final rugby-style lateral play failed at the buzzer.
Injuries continue to mount as Freeman headed to injured reserve 

Injuries continue to mount as Freeman headed to injured reserve 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who’s been battling knee and groin injuries, is headed for injured reserved, the team announced on Tuesday. Freeman is set to have groin surgery and will miss at least eight games. He would be eligible for a return in Week 16. He could return for a potential late-season playoff push if the Falcons can rebound from a poor 2-4 start.
Five things to know as Falcons look ahead to Giants

Five things to know as Falcons look ahead to Giants

For the second game in a row, the Falcons will face a well-rested team. The Falcons (2-4) defeated the Bucs after their bye week and will face the Giants (1-5) on Monday Night Football after they last played on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Giants, under first-year coach Pat Shurmur, have dropped three straight games and are mired in controversy after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Falcons sign place-kicker Tavecchio 

Falcons sign place-kicker Tavecchio 

The Falcons signed Giorgio Tavecchio to fill-in while kicker Matt Bryant recovers from a strained hamstring on Tuesday. Tavecchio was originally signed on Aug. 27 to kick for the final exhibition game as the team sat Bryant and punter Matt Bosher.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game on Monday against the Giants.
Michael Vick will make Atlanta Legends coaching debut against Orlando

Michael Vick will make Atlanta Legends coaching debut against Orlando

Michael Vick will make his coaching debut as the Atlanta Legends’ offensive coordinator Feb. 9, 2019, in Orlando. The Alliance of American Football team will begin its 10-week regular season against College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier, the league announced Tuesday.
5 things to know about Ryan, Jones and records

5 things to know about Ryan, Jones and records

With a 2-4 record, the Falcons will continue to work on improving during their injured-riddled season. The Falcons next play the N.Y. Giants (1-5) Oct. 22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons are 2-3 in their last five meetings against the Giants. Here are 5 things to know: The Falcons at 2-4 have an improbable road to the playoffs.
Blank on the passing of Paul Allen 

Blank on the passing of Paul Allen 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the passing of Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen:  “Paul’s legacy and impact on all of us will not only be remembered for his teams’ success on the field and court, but for the lives he has touched along the way,” Blank said in a statement issued by the team.
Why Mike Smith, defensive man, is again out of work

Why Mike Smith, defensive man, is again out of work

Falcons fans will recall Mike Smith once saying – I imagine Mike Smith has regretted saying it every day since – that sacks were overrated. If you’re wondering why a man with a reputation as a good defensive coach has gone 10 consecutive seasons without presiding over a top 10 defense … well, that might be your answer.
Falcons hoping to build off second win of season 

Falcons hoping to build off second win of season 

It wasn’t an instant classic, but Sunday’s 34-29 win over Tampa Bay at Mercedes-Benz Stadium provided a bit of relief for coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons. The team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including excruciating home losses to New Orleans and Cincinnati.
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has strained hamstring 

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has strained hamstring 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said kicker Matt Bryant has a strained hamstring and will miss the next game on Monday. “Matt Bryant strained his hamstring,” Quinn said on Monday. “That will likely knock him out of this week. (Running back Devontat) Freeman is dealing with a groin from the Pittsburgh game. That will likely knock him out this week.
Report: MRI on Ridley’s injured ankle ‘pretty clean’

Report: MRI on Ridley’s injured ankle ‘pretty clean’

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had a MRI of his injured ankle and it was “pretty clean,” according to a NFL Media report on Monday. Ridley left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. Ridley had three catches for 47 yards before leaving. He entered the game leading the Falcons in touchdown catches with six.
Falcons have real shot at playoffs. They showed winning formula against Bucs.

Falcons have real shot at playoffs. They showed winning formula against Bucs.

The Falcons ended their losing streak at three games Sunday with a victory over the Buccaneers. The Falcons (2-4) still are last in the NFC South, but do they have a realistic chance to make the playoffs?  It’s improbable, but not outlandish. Winning the division is a long shot but, after Sunday’s games, FiveThirtyEight.
Ryan on surpassing Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list

Ryan on surpassing Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s third touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman in the fourth quarter of the 34-29 win over Tampa Bay moved him past Joe Montana on the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list. Ryan now has 274 career touchdown passes and is 16th all-time.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Somber mood after win over Bucs 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Somber mood after win over Bucs 

In the 83rd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons coach Dan Quinn, quarterback Matt Ryan and free safety Damontae Kazee discuss the, 34-29, victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons improved to 2-4 on the season, but may have lost kicker Matt Bryant to a hamstring injury.  Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
What Falcons players said after win over Bucs 

What Falcons players said after win over Bucs 

On the third quarter: “They slowed us down a little bit in the third quarter.” On practice: “I starts with the preparation. We have to figure out how we wanted to practice and that carried over and helped us in the game. We were competing against one another in practice. We got into it a little bit with some of the guys. It’s got chippy.
What Matt Ryan said about win over Bucs 

What Matt Ryan said about win over Bucs 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 34-29 win over the Bucs on Sunday:  On how he feels about the win: “Feels good. Obviously, we put in the hard work during the week and prepared ourselves in order to get a win. It feels good. It was hard fought, obviously, division games are always going to be like that.
What Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after win over Bucs 

What Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after win over Bucs 

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the 34-29 win over the Bucs on Sunday:  Opening Statement: “It’s good to see everybody. I thought the team this week and the focus and energy were really on point. We took them all the way through the week from Wednesday on.
Near fights in practice led to win over Bucs

Near fights in practice led to win over Bucs

The Falcons’ frustration from the losing spilled over into practice last week. “We were competing against one another in practice,
Falcons defense finally rises up

Falcons defense finally rises up

Those Falcons fans who came to Mercedes-Benz Stadium looking for evidence, any evidence, that their team could get stops instead immediately saw the same old thing.  The Buccaneers easily moved 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive with lots of short passes, one long run and little resistance. The Falcons could not cover, and they could not tackle.
Five things we learned in Falcons’ 34-29 win over Bucs

Five things we learned in Falcons’ 34-29 win over Bucs

Quarterback Matt Ryan tossed three touchdown passes to lead the Falcons to a 34-29 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons improved to 2-4 on the season. The Bucs dropped to 2-3.   Ryan completed 31 of 41 passes for 354 yards. He finished with a 125.5 passer rating.
Ryan ties Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown passing list 

Ryan ties Montana on NFL’s all-time touchdown passing list 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed two touchdown passes in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers to move into 15th place on the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list. He is tied with Joe Montana at 273.
Calvin Ridley  declared out of game with ankle injury; Sanu out, too 

Calvin Ridley  declared out of game with ankle injury; Sanu out, too 

Falcons rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with an ankle injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He was later declared out for the game. Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu left the game with a hip injury in the third quarter.  His return was questionable. Also, defensive tackle Jack Crawford left the game with a neck/head injury.
Inactives: Buccaneers at Falcons 

Inactives: Buccaneers at Falcons 

Running back Devonta Freeman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and defensive end Derrick Shelby were declared out of Sunday’s game by Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Friday. Freeman also has a groin injury to go with his foot injury. Cornerback Justin Bethel (knee) fully participated in practice.  Jarrett has an ankle sprain. Shelby also has a groin injury.
Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

The Falcons are dedicating today’s game against Tampa Bay to Dylan Thomas, who died from injuries suffered in a Pike County High School football game on Sept. 28. Thomas’ family and teammates will be part of the flag crew during pregame activities.
Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

Falcons dedicate game to Dylan Thomas 

The Falcons are dedicating today’s game against Tampa Bay to Dylan Thomas, who died from injuries suffered in a Pike County High School football game on Sept. 28. Thomas’ family and teammates will be part of the flag crew during pregame activities.
Five things to know before today’s Bucs at Falcons’ kickoff 

Five things to know before today’s Bucs at Falcons’ kickoff 

Here are five things to know before today’s Buccaneers (2-2) at Falcons (1-4) kickoff at 1 p.m. at Mercedes Benz Stadium. 1. Injury report: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (sprained ankle) and defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin) have been declared out for this game. 2.
Week 9 Friday Night Roundups

Week 9 Friday Night Roundups

Marietta won a nail-biter against visiting McEachern, snapping a 10-game losing streak against the Indians with the 28-27 victory — and putting Coach Hockman’s quest for his 100th win with McEachern on hold for another week.
Falcons’ punt-team goals: block better, and block out blocks

Falcons’ punt-team goals: block better, and block out blocks

Falcons fans likely would be pleased and not surprised to see special-teams coach Keith Armstrong on the field working with Eric Saubert and Foyesade Oluokun on punt protection before practice even began. They were trying to right the wrongs on the right side. It might be surprising to know, though, that that was nothing new for a punt squad that hasn’t exactly been sterling.
Beasley: ‘playoffs hopes are slim’

Beasley: ‘playoffs hopes are slim’

After starting the season poorly, the Falcons know that their playoff clock is ticking. “With the sense of our record being 1-4 right now, playoffs hopes are slim,” defensive end Vic Beasley said. “But ... we are still in control of our own destiny. We have to go out there and perform.”  The Falcons face the Buccaneers (2-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
Injury report: Freeman, Jarrett and Shelby declared out of Bucs’ game

Injury report: Freeman, Jarrett and Shelby declared out of Bucs’ game

Running back Devonta Freeman, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and defensive end Derrick Shelby were declared out of Sunday’s game by Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Friday. Freeman also has a groin injury to go with his foot injury. Cornerback Justin Bethel (knee) fully participated in practice.  Jarrett has an ankle sprain, while Shelby also has a groin injury.
Falcons plan an open roof for Sunday’s game

Falcons plan an open roof for Sunday’s game

The Falcons plan to open the retractable roof of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Sunday afternoon’s game against Tampa Bay. That is subject to change based on weather conditions, the team noted in announcing its plan Friday.
QB corner: Matt Ryan on the Bucs 

QB corner: Matt Ryan on the Bucs 

Here are three questions with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the Buccaneers:  On how the Falcons will try to put last week behind them and move forward against Tampa Bay: “We have to. Obviously, we didn’t play the way that we’re capable of, and that’s disappointing.
On the hot seat: Will the defense start defending a blade of grass?

On the hot seat: Will the defense start defending a blade of grass?

The Falcons’ revamped defense, which has given up five touchdowns in each of the past three games and leads the NFL in points allowed, will attempt to slow the Buccaneers in a big NFC South game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons (1-4) and Bucs (2-2) are struggling mightily on defense, in part because of varying degrees of injuries.
Ridley, Jones bond over workouts, bowling 

Ridley, Jones bond over workouts, bowling 

Julio Jones hosted the Falcons’ wide receivers on a bowling night out Monday. The group, including Jones and his understudy Calvin Ridley, went to unwind, get their minds off of the team’s 1-4 start and bond as a group away from the team’s facilities.  “I just took him out bowling the other day,” Jones said. “He didn’t tell you we went Monday.
X-factor: Will Falcons stop Winston from extending plays 

X-factor: Will Falcons stop Winston from extending plays 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is set to return to the starting lineup against the Falcons in a big NFC South game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   Winston came off the bench in the 48-10 loss to the Bears after serving his three-game suspension under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
Super Bowl countdown: NFL in town for planning

Super Bowl countdown: NFL in town for planning

A large delegation of NFL staffers and contractors convened in Atlanta for a series of meetings this week as the countdown continues to Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  More than 100 people with responsibility for various aspects of the Super Bowl spectacle participated in the planning meetings Monday through Wednesday.
Falcons try to crank up run game

Falcons try to crank up run game

Were the Falcons about to play a fantasy football game rather than the Buccaneers on Sunday, the offensive game plan might be easy to figure out.  Tampa Bay (2-2) has been awful against the pass, ranking last in the NFL while allowing 358 yards per game through the air, while the Bucs stand No. 4 against the run, where they’re giving up just 87.8 yards per contest.
Julio Jones has 10-game touchdown drought

Julio Jones has 10-game touchdown drought

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has gone 10 regular season games without catching a touchdown pass. Jones last touchdown catch was in the 26-13 win over the Rams in the wild-card round of the playoffs on Jan. 6, 2018. He last regular-season touchdown catch was against Tampa Bay in a 34-20 win on Nov. 26, 2017. He caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan against the Bucs.
4 things Jameis Winston had to say at his Thursday news conference 

4 things Jameis Winston had to say at his Thursday news conference 

Here’s a review of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston’s comments to the Tampa Bay media on Thursday: 1. On the importance of being able to play in Week 4:  “I think it was critical to get my feet wet, and that was a great defense too. Having that experience against a great defense was good.”  2.
Where do Falcons fit in this weekend’s relevance scale?

Where do Falcons fit in this weekend’s relevance scale?

Losing happens. Losing is the “B” side of everyone’s hit single. Every market corrects, every bounce house deflates. Losing is the inevitable consequence of putting yourself out there and daring to try to win something.  So, no shame in the inevitable loss here or there. Losing to the point of becoming irrelevant, though, that’s when it really becomes a problem.
Freeman, Jarrett progressing with foot injuries 

Freeman, Jarrett progressing with foot injuries 

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (ankle) are making progress in their rehabilitation, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Thursday before practice. Freeman did not practice on Wednesday and was listed on the official injury report. “His foot is sore,” Quinn said about Freeman. “He was able to do some work off to the side (on Wednesday).
3 key matchups: Bucs at Falcons 

3 key matchups: Bucs at Falcons 

Buccaneers WRs DeSean Jackson and Michael Evans vs. Falcons CBs Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant: Jackson has 100 yards receiving in three of four games this season. Jackson and Evans are two of four NFL receivers to average 100-plus receiving yards per game and have three-plus touchdowns catches this season.
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