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Why Jessie Bates III could be the X-Factor for Falcons against Lions

The Falcons have a big test against the Lions this week. Detroit’s offense, led by Jared Goff and Ben Johnson, is among the league’s best. That unit ranks in the top 10 in points (26.0/game), total yards (393.0/game), and passing yards (283.0/game).

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Green Bay Packers Star Takes Massive Step in Injury Recovery Ahead of Atlanta Falcons Game

The Green Bay Packers were missing the services of two of their most important weapons in their Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Both Aaron Jones and Christian Watson were sidelined on Sunday, which may have played a significant role in Green Bay’s 25-24 loss to Atlanta to mark their first defeat of the new season.

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Evan Birchfield

Falcons vs Lions injury report: Troy Andersen no longer in concussion protocol

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Thursday’s practice reports are in!

Thursday is here, as the 2-0 Atlanta Falcons continue to prepare for their first road test of the season, as they travel north and face the Detroit Lions. The Lions were pretty banged up on Wednesday, and the Falcons seem to be getting healthier.

You can expect to see the injury reports here every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Critical piece of Falcons offense back on injury report

The Falcons have the potential to be fully healthy for their Week 3 clash against the Lions as they aim to move to 3-0. Jeff Okudah, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Troy Andersen missed Week 2 but were all back on the practice field Wednesday, a promising sign for their status come Sunday.

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Kevin Knight

NFL Week 3 ‘Thursday Night Football’ game picks and predictions

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After two straight weeks of very entertaining Thursday Night Football, Week 3 kicks off with one of the biggest spreads of the week as the New York Giants (1-1) travel to take on the San Francisco 49ers (2-0). Read on for our picks and predictions.

We’ve had a pretty exciting opening two weeks here in the 2023 NFL season. After a week of defensive dominance, Week 2 featured a rebound by the offenses and a number of exciting comebacks. The New York...

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Falcons ranking among 2-0 teams may surprise fans

The Falcons are one of nine undefeated teams entering Week 3. To the surprise of everyone, and I mean everyone, the NFC South has three of those nine 2-0 clubs.

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Two Falcons free agent signing among PFF’s top defenders

In Terry Fontenot’s first two offseasons, he had next to no money to spend in free agency as he dealt with the mess left behind by the former regime. However, he did make the most of what little money he did have, most notably signing Cordarrelle Patterson, who has put together his best seasons since joining the Falcons.

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Bird’s Eye View: How Atlanta’s remaining opponents played in Week 2

What awaits the Falcons in the weeks and months beyond Sunday’s road game? Well, that’s what you’re here to find out. 

Welcome back to Bird’s Eye View!

The Falcons emerged victorious against the Packers in what was their toughest test so far in the young season. Week 3 likely won’t be any easier, although the Lions could be very banged up heading into the contest.

As for what awaits the Falcons in the weeks and months beyond Sunday’s road game? Well, that’s what...

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Experts not picking Falcons again, Lions the favorite

Last week, the popular pick was the Packers over the Falcons; in fact, experts overwhelmingly picked Green Bay to leave Atlanta undefeated. A thriller ensued and Desmond Ridder led a fourth-quarter comeback victory.

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NFL Analyst Makes Wild Claim About Falcons’ Bijan Robinson

The Atlanta Falcons knew they were taking a risk selecting Texas running back Bijan Robinson with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. It was a selection that would be mocked by many evaluators who believe you can find productive backfield players later in the draft.

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Despite near-perfect 4th quarter, Desmond Ridder has stuff to clean up

The Falcons haven’t had many Sundays like they had against the Packers. Desmond Ridder led an improbable comeback win with just 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, down by 12 points.

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Dave Choate

What to know about Falcons - Lions in Week 3

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Atlanta’s hoping to run its record to 3-0 by getting by a ferocious Lions squad.

If you’re not hotly anticipating the upcoming matchup between the Falcons and Lions, you’re not in the right frame of mind. These are two teams that, if all goes well, could be among the dominant forces in the NFC in the years to come, not to mention two teams run by old school football coaches who prize physicality. It’s going to be a really good...

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Injured Falcons trending in the right direction

Compared to their opponents, the Falcons have been relatively healthy. The Panthers were down a couple of their top pass catchers; the Packers were missing their three best offensive players in Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, and David Bakhtiari.

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How did former Falcons fare around the NFL

Following former Falcons’ Week 1 performances, several familiar faces came up big in Week 2, particularly Isaiah Oliver. Calvin Ridley followed up a stellar Jaguars debut with a less-than-stellar Week 2.

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Watch: Falcons RB Bijan Robinson breaking ankles looks even cooler from above

If you weren't keep track, that was multiple cuts, three missed tackles and multiple broken ankles on one play.

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Falcons hot start may surprise some but not fans in Atlanta

Following an uncharacteristic come-from-behind win, the Falcons are one of the nine undefeated teams through a couple of weeks. Typically, Atlanta would’ve been the one up 12 points in the fourth quarter, only to allow Green Bay to make an improbable comeback.

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Former NFL GM and Executive of the Year praises Falcons defense

Some might be surprised about the Falcons’ hot start in 2023, but fans from Atlanta aren’t shocked at all. After 14 wins over Arthur Smith’s first two seasons, Terry Fontenot finally had money to spend on free agents.

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Kevin Knight

Can the Falcons start 3-0? The Falcoholic Live, Ep256

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The Falcons escaped with a narrow win against the Packers in Week 2 to continue their best start since 2017. Can Atlanta keep it going in Week 3 against the Lions? Kevin Knight and Adnan Ikic break down the 2-0 start and the initial injury reports.

Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to episode 256 of The Falcoholic Live! The Atlanta Falcons escaped with a narrow win against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 to continue their best start since 2017. Can...

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Evan Birchfield

Falcons - Lions injury report: Troy Andersen, Jeff Okudah practice fully on Wednesday

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Wednesday’s practice reports are in!

Wednesday is here, as the 2-0 Atlanta Falcons begin preparation for this weekend’s game, when they’ll head out on the road for the first time this season and face the Detroit Lions. Out of the gate, the Lions are pretty banged up. Let’s take a look at the health of both team’s on Wednesday.

You can expect to see the injury reports here every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


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Falcons dominate PFF’s biggest free agent impact list

For the first time in what feels like a lifetime, the Falcons were able to participate in free agency without financial limitations. Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot inherited a mess of a salary cap, taking a record-breaking number of dead money on the chin, primarily from Matt Ryan’s bloated contract.

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