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Takk McKinley signs, receives autographs from kids at children's hospital

Atlanta Falcons rookie Takk McKinley visited a children’s hospital on Tuesday. But before signing autographs for the kids there, he did something unusual. McKinley asked the kids if he could have their autographs. #ATLHometownHuddle pic.twitter.com/xBxgnCe1eK — FalconsCR (@FalconsCR) September 19, 2017 “I just thought it would be cool if I got their autographs,” McKinley said, via Kelsey Conway of AtlantaFalcons.com. “They were kind of shocked like ‘you’re supposed to be...

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Dave Choate

Rams vs. 49ers Thursday Night Footbal key info and discussion

This could be a horrendous game.

You don’t look at Thursday Night Football and expect standout quality, and that’s particularly true this week. The punchless, Brian Hoyer-led San Francisco 49ers are taking on the resurgent Los Angeles Rams, who are still proving to a lot of folks that they’re for real.

The Rams should win this one easily, but divisional games are frequently weird, so I’d go in with no expectations. The game’s kicking off right around now, so use this as your open...

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Kevin Knight

The Falcoholic Live: Ep16 - Week 2 Recap & Lions Preview

Join the crew at 8:10pm ET as they recap all the news from Week 2 and preview the Lions with special guest Mike Payton.

Watch the broadcast live below beginning at 8:10pm ET

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to Episode 16 of The Falcoholic Live. We’ve got a great show for you tonight, starting with our recap of the Falcons’ 34-23 victory over the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Then, we’ll be breaking down the impact of the injuries to RT Ryan Schraeder, DL Courtney Upshaw, and EDGE Vic...

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Falcons' OC Steve Sarkisian hopes to feed Julio Jones all four quarters

Falcons' OC Steve Sarkisian hopes to feed Julio Jones all four quarters

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Will McFadden

Falcons vs. Lions: Detroit's hidden offensive strength and five other things to know

As two of the only three NFC teams with a perfect 2-0 record, this Sunday’s matchup between the Falcons and the Lions is an intriguing one.

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Falcons vs. Lions: Detroit's hidden offensive strength and five other things to know

As two of the only three NFC teams with a perfect 2-0 record, this Sunday’s matchup between the Falcons and the Lions is an intriguing one.

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Kelsey Conway

Takk McKinley asks kids for their autographs, says 'it's bigger than me'

Life's bigger than the game of football for Takk McKinely

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Falcons offense vs Lion defense: who should be favored in this matchup?

The battle of the 2-0 teams. The Falcons 2017 tour of the NFC North continues with a week 3 game against the Detroit Lions in Michigan. The Falcons are coming off an impressive Sunday night victory against the Packers while the Lions took out the Giants on Monday night. This could be a potential playoff preview game, so fans should pay attention to how this game plays out. Here’s how the Falcons offense matches up with the Lions defense. Note: All assessments influenced by PFF Edge...

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David J Walker

Falcons offense vs Lion defense: who should be favored in this matchup?

The battle of the 2-0 teams.

The Falcons 2017 tour of the NFC North continues with a week 3 game against the Detroit Lions in Michigan. The Falcons are coming off an impressive Sunday night victory against the Packers while the Lions took out the Giants on Monday night. This could be a potential playoff preview game, so fans should pay attention to how this game plays out. Here’s how the Falcons offense matches up with the Lions defense.

Note: All assessments influenced by PFF Edge...

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Falcons' Adrian Clayborn on Matthew Stafford: 'He runs pretty fast, for a quarterback'

Falcons' Adrian Clayborn on Matthew Stafford: 'He runs pretty fast, for a quarterback'

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Michael Aprile

The Falcoholic Podcast Episode 32: The Dragon and the Wolf

We’re joined by Ty Schalter of The Lions Wire to break down the upcoming game against the Lions and more.

Since DW is currently on vacation, probably wandering around somewhere on the Serengeti, Michael Aprile of Rise Up Reader filled in to cohost this week’s episode alongside The Unbossable Jeanna “Mad Online” Thomas.

The two are joined by Ty Schalter of USA Today’s The Lions Wire to break down the Falcons’ big win against the Packers, as well as look ahead to the suddenly...

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Jeanna Thomas

NFL picks, Week 3: In a shocking development, everyone still picking Falcons

It’s hard to believe that a bunch of people who write for a site called The Falcoholic have this much confidence in the team.

The Falcons own the Packers. Atlanta has gotten the best of Green Bay not once, not twice, but three times in the last calendar year. And now they’re coming for another NFC North team: the Detroit Lions.

The Lions, like the Falcons, are sitting at 2-0. That hasn’t deterred our intrepid editors, all of whom are rolling with Atlanta again this week.

But let’s...

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Joe Vellano gets the call for a depleted Falcons defensive line; Deji Olatoye cut

The team is down both Courtney Upshaw and Vic Beasley, so Vellano will provide depth. The Atlanta Falcons have addressed their defensive line depth, which looked like a bit of a problem with both Vic Beasley and Courtney Upshaw sidelined. They’ve done so by bringing defensive tackle Joe Vellano up from the practice squad, and in a corresponding move, they’ve cut ties with cornerback Deji Olatoye. Vellano is a logical choice for this week because the Falcons are deeper at end than they...

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Dave Choate

Joe Vellano gets the call for a depleted Falcons defensive line; Deji Olatoye cut

The team is down both Courtney Upshaw and Vic Beasley, so Vellano will provide depth.

The Atlanta Falcons have addressed their defensive line depth, which looked like a bit of a problem with both Vic Beasley and Courtney Upshaw sidelined. They’ve done so by bringing defensive tackle Joe Vellano up from the practice squad, and in a corresponding move, they’ve cut ties with cornerback Deji Olatoye.

Vellano is a logical choice for this week because the Falcons are deeper at end than they...

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Kelsey Conway

Falcons waive cornerback Deji Olatoye

The Falcons have waived CB Deji Olatoye

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Falcons waive cornerback Deji Olatoye

The Falcons have waived CB Deji Olatoye

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Cory Woodroof

Dirty Bird Takebusters: Overexcitement for Success, Overconcern for Injury

I don’t know about you, but I could go for some good bustin’.

If there’s someone mad, about the game to be had, who you gonna call? Takebusters!

If there’s a Tweet so bad, it makes your timeline sad, who you gonna call? Takebusters!

*familiar 80s melodious riff* I ain’t afraid of no takes.

Welcome back to Dirty Bird Takebusters, the weekly feature here on The Falcoholic that will break down the most steaming of hot takes of takes circulating throughout Falcons fandom after each...

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Brian Poole named the hidden gem for these 2017 Atlanta Falcons

A bone-jarring hit that doesn’t seem like it could come from a 5’10, 205 pound cornerback. A sack of a hapless Mike Glennon, a run stop just out of the backfield, a materialization out of thin air to make an open field tackle. Hell, a quick change of direction to make a play on the ball he has no business getting to. These are all hallmarks of Brian Poole, perhaps Atlanta’s single most underrated player, though likely not for much longer. Poole stepped in as the team’s primary...

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Allen Strk

A Closer Look: Falcons get back to their play action ways against Green Bay

The offense rediscovered their form against Green Bay.

It didn’t take long for the Falcons to come under pressure and fire for their performance in 2017. The offense was under scrutiny for their tame showing against Chicago. With only two explosive plays coming from a coverage bust and Austin Hooper’s stiff-arm, everything felt lackluster. Two big plays weren’t going to cut it against Green Bay’s high-powered offense.

The running game was ineffective against Chicago, but Steve...

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Dave Choate

Brian Poole named the hidden gem for these 2017 Atlanta Falcons

A bone-jarring hit that doesn’t seem like it could come from a 5’10, 205 pound cornerback. A sack of a hapless Mike Glennon, a run stop just out of the backfield, a materialization out of thin air to make an open field tackle. Hell, a quick change of direction to make a play on the ball he has no business getting to.

These are all hallmarks of Brian Poole, perhaps Atlanta’s single most underrated player, though likely not for much longer. Poole stepped in as the team’s primary...

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