D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons beat writer

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick dog-fighting federal case. He has also covered the SEC/ACC and high schools in Gwinnett for the AJC. He's a three-time APSE award winner.

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The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  
 In the 89th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we dissect how the Falcons will try to pick up the pieces after getting pummeled by the Cleveland Browns 28-16 on Sunday.  Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Matt Ryan stop by to tell us what happened to the passing attack against the Browns.  --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie...

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In the 89th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we dissect how the Falcons will try to pick up the pieces after getting pummeled by the Cleveland Browns 28-16 on Sunday.  Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Matt Ryan stop by to tell us what happened to the passing attack against the Browns.  --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie...
Snap counts in Falcons’ loss to Browns 
 Here are the percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams for the Falcons from their 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday. G B Garland                  100% 75               2 9% G W Schweitzer           ...

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Here are the percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams for the Falcons from their 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday. G B Garland                  100% 75               2 9% G W Schweitzer           ...
What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 
 Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday: On the difficulty of the loss after a three game win streak: “It was disappointing. Obviously, you have to give credit to Cleveland. I thought they played really well and made a lot of good plays. We fell short and did not make enough...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday: On the difficulty of the loss after a three game win streak: “It was disappointing. Obviously, you have to give credit to Cleveland. I thought they played really well and made a lot of good plays. We fell short and did not make enough...
What Julio Jones said after loss to Browns 
 Here’s what Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say after the 28-16 loss to the Browns:  On losing momentum with a loss: “No, we have to do a better job offensively. They played a lot of two-high the whole game, and we just have to go out there and find ways to attack cover two. We know we’re going to see...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Here’s what Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had to say after the 28-16 loss to the Browns:  On losing momentum with a loss: “No, we have to do a better job offensively. They played a lot of two-high the whole game, and we just have to go out there and find ways to attack cover two. We know we’re going to see...
What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 
 While cornerback Desmond Trufant and Damontae Kazee declined to speak to the media after the loss, here’s what other Falcons players said after getting body-slammed 28-16 by the  Browns Sunday:  On what happened: “We have to go to the film, see what we have to correct and move forward.” On the fumble: “You saw...

Posted: 16 hours ago

While cornerback Desmond Trufant and Damontae Kazee declined to speak to the media after the loss, here’s what other Falcons players said after getting body-slammed 28-16 by the Browns Sunday:  On what happened: “We have to go to the film, see what we have to correct and move forward.” On the fumble: “You saw...
Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over Falcons
 Cleveland running back Nick Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over the Falcons. “This is the same game we always play no matter who the opponent is,” said Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia. “I know that is my hometown, but I’m just prepared like any other game.” Chubb rushed for 20 times for 176 yards...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Cleveland running back Nick Chubb took little glee in running roughshod over the Falcons. “This is the same game we always play no matter who the opponent is,” said Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia. “I know that is my hometown, but I’m just prepared like any other game.” Chubb rushed for 20 times for 176 yards...
Five things we learned from Falcons’ 28-16 loss to Browns 
 So much for the Falcons’ season-saving win streak. The Falcons came out flat and got steamrolled by the lowly Browns 28-16  before a raucous and faithful fan base of 62,144 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. “We just came out flat today,” said rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun, who was about the only player to openly admit...

Posted: 19 hours ago

So much for the Falcons’ season-saving win streak. The Falcons came out flat and got steamrolled by the lowly Browns 28-16  before a raucous and faithful fan base of 62,144 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. “We just came out flat today,” said rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun, who was about the only player to openly admit...
Nick Chubb breaks loose for 92-yard TD run 
 Browns running back Nick Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia, broke loose for a 92-yard touchdown run against the Falcons on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. The score put the Browns up 28-10 with 8:45 to play in the third quarter.  The touchdown was the longest rushing touchdown in Cleveland franchise history. After starring for the Bulldogs...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Browns running back Nick Chubb, of Cedartown and Georgia, broke loose for a 92-yard touchdown run against the Falcons on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. The score put the Browns up 28-10 with 8:45 to play in the third quarter.  The touchdown was the longest rushing touchdown in Cleveland franchise history. After starring for the Bulldogs...
Browns up on Falcons 14-10 at halftime 
 Led by two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Browns lead the Falcons 14-10 at halftime on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mayfield has completed 12 of 12 passes for 165 yards.  He tossed 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nick Chubb.  Chubb rushed for 56 yards on 12...

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Led by two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Browns lead the Falcons 14-10 at halftime on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mayfield has completed 12 of 12 passes for 165 yards.  He tossed 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins and a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nick Chubb.  Chubb rushed for 56 yards on 12...
Falcons’ Julio Jones fastest to 10,000 yards in NFL history 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught a 30-yard pass against the Browns in the second quarter to go over the 10,000-yards receiving mark in his career on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.  Over 102 career games, Jones entered the game with 9,987 yards. He reached the the 10,000-yard mark in his 103rd career game, which made him...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught a 30-yard pass against the Browns in the second quarter to go over the 10,000-yards receiving mark in his career on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.  Over 102 career games, Jones entered the game with 9,987 yards. He reached the the 10,000-yard mark in his 103rd career game, which made him...
Inactives: Falcons at Browns 
 The Falcons (4-4) will near full strength when the face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. The inactives for the Falcons were kicker Mat Bryant, tackle Matt Gono, defensive end Stephen Means, fullback Ricky Ortiz, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Keith Tandy and offensive guard Rees Odhiambo. The inactives for the Browns...

Posted: 23 hours ago

The Falcons (4-4) will near full strength when the face the Browns (2-6-1) at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. The inactives for the Falcons were kicker Mat Bryant, tackle Matt Gono, defensive end Stephen Means, fullback Ricky Ortiz, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Keith Tandy and offensive guard Rees Odhiambo. The inactives for the Browns...