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Can the Falcons take advantage of their upcoming schedule?

The Falcons are 0-2, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the on-field product has been even worse than the record… if that’s even possible. Week 1 against the Eagles was one of the most pathetic performances I’ve ever seen from an NFL team.

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Texans vs. Panthers Thursday Night Football open thread

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Carolina gets an easy matchup that they’ll hopefully squander.

The Saints will hit the road to face the Patriots. The Buccaneers have to travel to face the Rams. The Falcons continue their road swing with a game against a game if 0-2 Giants team. The Panthers...get the Texans, who are starting Davis Mills at quarterback. At least they’re on the road, too.

To suggest this is the easiest game of the slate for the Panthers is to understate it. Mills...

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Why is Arthur Smith’s offense spinning its wheels?

To say Arthur Smith’s first two games were a disappointment would be an understatement. The Falcons offense could only muster two respectable drives against the Eagles in Week 1, and they both resulted in field goals.

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Week 3 Preview: Falcons at Giants

On episode 21 of Talkin’ Birdy, Matt Karoly, Alex Lord, and Jake Gordon discuss what they liked and disliked from the Falcons Week 2 loss to the Bucs. They then turn their focus to Week 3, as Atlanta matches up with another winless team — the New York Giants.

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Falcons injury report: A.J. Terrell, Russell Gage held out of second straight practice

The Falcons health report for Thursday, Sept. 23

We’re moving along in the week as the Atlanta Falcons continue to prepare for this weekend’s NFC matchup with the New York Giants. On Wednesday, we saw that wide receiver Russell Gage and corner A.J. Terrell, who both left Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with injuries, were sidelined in practice. It’s a new day, but the team’s health remains the same.

You can expect to see the practice reports here every...

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Falcons add DT Anthony Rush to the practice squad, place RB Caleb Huntley on IR

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Bummer for Huntley.

While he didn’t make the roster during final cuts, Caleb Huntley found his way back to the practice squad, and he figures to get some action on gameday at some point this season. Depending on how significant the injury he’s dealing with is, though, that might not happen.

The Falcons just placed Huntley on injured reserve, and they’ve added defensive tackle Anthony Rush to replace him. We’ll hope...

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Falcons vs Giants preview: Offensive and defensive stats comparison for Week 3

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The Falcons (0-2) face the Giants (0-2) in a battle of the winless. Can Atlanta continue to improve and steal a win on the road against New York? We take a look at the offensive and defensive statistics to see how these two teams compare.

The Atlanta Falcons started off their Week 2 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about as poorly as expected, quickly falling behind before halftime and looking out of sorts on both sides of the...

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Dave Choate

Falcons talk challenge posed by Daniel Jones, Richie Grant’s playing time in Thursday presser

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A few noteworthy notse from today’s Falcons remarks.

A busy Thursday of press opportunities gave us a few insights on the state of the Falcons heading into this weekend’s matchup against the Giants, and we’d be remiss to not jump right into them

Join us for a trip through the

T.J. Green will be up Sunday

This is not the team’s words, but I’m reading between the lines here. The Falcons said, via Dean Pees, that Green is someone the...

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SportsTalkATL Staff’s NFL Gambling Locks: Week 3

Chase Irle’s Locks Season Record (3-5) Absolutely miserable 1-4 record for me last week, but we will bounce back. Don’t lose faith yet. Giants (-3) vs.

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Should the Falcons sign free-agent WR John Brown?

The Falcons offense has struggled to take off; in fact, they’re the worst (32nd) group in the league, according to Football Outsider’s DVOA. Arthur Smith’s unit was nonexistent in the season opener against the Eagles, not even able to muster a touchdown.

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Falcons reinforcements “hopefully close” to returning says Arthur Smith

The Falcons could have reinforcements coming after the team’s Week 3 matchup against the winless Giants. In a post-practice press conference, Arthur Smith said that Kendall Sheffield and Josh Andrews are “hopefully close” to returning.

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This week’s big Falcons question: Will the passing game pass muster?

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Atlanta’s been sputtering through the air thus far. Changing that would go a long way against the Giants.

In Week 1, we asked if Jalen Mayfield would hold up, and he emphatically did not. Last week, we asked if Kyle Pitts would terrorize Tampa Bay, and he sort of did with the best game of his young career, albeit not a truly dominant effort.

This week, we’re hoping the big question for the Falcons is finally answered with an emphatic yes. We’re also...

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Kyle Pitts needs to be on the field for 100% of the Falcons offensive snaps

If it wasn’t clear already, the Falcons are a better offense with Kyle Pitts on the field than when he isn’t. His ability to line up on the boundary, in the slot, or inline stresses defenses to account for him in different looks.

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Atlanta’s contention they’re contending is proving contentious

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The Falcons look like they made an unforced error telling fans they planned to contend.

You don’t necessarily need to abandon ship if there’s a little water in the hold. Maybe it would be even more absurd to suggest that you shouldn’t look into, you know, why there’s water in the hold in the first place.

The Falcons told us they were seaworthy. I wrote earlier this summer that this was a deliberate choice, a bit of swagger...

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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Sept. 23

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The most Thursdays of news.

The possibilities are endless today... except that it is Thursday, meaning the possibilities in fact are quite limited.

Welcome to the Falcoholinks, the only place for a roundup of Falcoholic news all in one place. If someone else does a roundup of Falcoholic news, they will be mercilessly sued. This has been your only warning.

Onto the ‘links.

Bad news about Gage

We have been terribly concerned about the wide receiver...

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Understanding the growth of Kyle Pitts through Atlanta's first two games

The rookie tight end is being used all over the field and is just beginning to understand what's expected of him and how opponents will defend him.

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Falcons listed as second-most likely to pick 1st overall in 2021 NFL draft

The Falcons are one of seven winless teams going into Week 3 and will face a New York Giants team that has also yet to secure their first victory this season.

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Evan Birchfield

Andre Rison, John Abraham among 122 Modern-Era Nominees Announced for Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022

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A few former Falcons are one step closer to Canton.

For those that overcome the odds and make it to the NFL, there’s typically two goals: win a Super Bowl and make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Although it’s rare to get both, especially in Atlanta, it’s a dream worth chasing.

On Wednesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed a list of 122 modern-era nominees for the class of 2022. Of those names, a good number of...

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Isaiah Oliver has found his niche in the slot, proving doubters wrong

The Isaiah Oliver saga in Atlanta has been an interesting one, to say the least. Many fans have long resorted to social media to vent their frustrations with the former second-round pick, but who could blame them.

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Falcons injury report: A.J. Terrell, Russell Gage absent from Wednesday’s practice

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The Falcons health report for Wednesday, Sept. 22

It’s a new week, as we yet again turn the page on an Atlanta Falcons’ loss. This time however, the team is dealing with new injuries as they prepare for an NFC matchup with the New York Giants. Wide receiver Russell Gage and corner A.J. Terrell both left Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with injuries. The Giants have some injuries of their own worth monitoring as the week progresses.

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