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Founder, EIC of Rise Up Reader.

Falcons Podcast Episode 27: Vikings Preview

Greetings and salutations, Atlanta Falcons fans!

Mike and Cory are at it again for another fine edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast.

This week, the guys break down the upcoming slugfest with the 9-2 Minnesota Vikings, a game with major ramifications on the 2017 season.  Continue reading

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Falcons vs Seahawks

Falcons Podcast Episode 26: Seahawks Preview

by Michael Aprile

The birds are back in town! On this episode of the Rise Up Reader podcast, Mike and Cory discuss the (5-4) Falcons’ chances of beating the Seattle Seahawks (6-3), a team that’s piling up injuries but still has Russell Wilson, a QB that’s 10-1 in primetime games at home under Pete Carroll.

The two discuss:

  • Taking Flight: Has Sark had an awakening or was his stellar performance against Dallas an aberration? How will the Falcons attack Seattle’s defense likely without Devonta Freeman?
  • Clay’s Big Day: With Seattle planning to play their fourth left tackle of the year, can Adrian Clayborn take advantage once again and have another monumental day?
  • Predictions: We take a stab at who will win this game and what the score will be.

Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @RiseUpReader and Cory at @CoryWoodroof47. Leave us a 5-star review on iTunes and we’ll read your review on air and give you a Twitter shoutout!

Falcons Podcast Episode 24: Dallas Cowboys Preview

Howdy, Atlanta Falcons fans!

Mike and Cory are back in the saddle for another edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast after yet another disappointing Falcons loss to the Carolina Panthers. But, like any stalwart cowpoke, they’re dusting themselves off and riding once more.

This week, the Dirty Birds are to rustle with the Dallas Cowboys, and your fearless Rise Up Readers are here to run these varmints out of town. Reach for the sky!  Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 23: Panthers Preview with Carolina Cat Chronicles’ Joe Riollano

Greetings to all Atlanta Falcons fans near and far!

After our podcast bye week, Mike and Cory are back to take a look at the Falcons’ first division game of the season against the Carolina Panthers.

The guys are joined by Carolina Cat Chronicles’ co-founder Joe Riollano to talk about how round one of Atlanta vs. Carolina.  Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 22: Patriots Preview with Charles McDonald

Hello, fellow Atlanta Falcons fans in mourning.

We’re here once again with another Rise Up Reader Podcast, and we’ve got your preview for the marquee regular season game of 2017.

Mike and Cory are joined by The Falcoholic and Football Outsiders analyst Charles McDonald to discuss the Falcons’ upcoming Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots and the Birds’ recent struggles on offense and defense. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 21: Dolphins Preview with Aaron Freeman

Ahoy, fellow Atlanta Falcons mateys!

We’ve got another nautical Falcons podcast for you, courtesy of your landlubbing Rise Up Reader Podcast hosts Mike and Cory. This week, the guys welcome Mr. FalcFans himself, Aaron Freeman, back to the show to talk about the Falcons’ upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins.  Continue reading

Desmond Trufant

Losing a Game Would Be Good for the Falcons

By Michael Aprile

The 2017 Falcons are 2-0, unbeaten, unscathed. As thrilling as the last-minute win against the Bears and public shaming of the Packers were, what are the long-term implications on the psychology of the team by winning these games? We all remember how 2015 went—a 5-0 start followed by the most uninspired football a Dan Quinn-led team has ever played.

Stay with me here—it would be a good thing for the Falcons to lose a game, and soon.

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Falcons Podcast Episode 17: Packers Preview with Justis Mosqueda

What’s going on, Falcons friends?

Mike and Cory are back in action with another episode of the Rise Up Reader Podcast.

The guys are joined by Setting the Edge‘s Justis Mosqueda, a well-respected NFL defensive end analyst and co-host of the Setting the Edge Podcast (with RUR friend Charles McDonald), to break down the upcoming Falcons’ game against the Green Bay Packers to “officially” open Mercedes-Benz Stadium and shed some insight into Atlanta’s season-opening win over the Bears.  Continue reading

Dan Quinn

The Unappreciated Genius of Dan Quinn

By: Peter Thomas

Just two and a half years ago, the Falcons were a mess. They were coming off back-to-back horrific seasons, with a coaching staff departing in its wake. The cupboard of player talent was horribly bare. And the GM was holding onto his job by a thread, in jeopardy of losing his job by being “promoted”, that most British and apparently Arthur Blank-ian way of firing a GM.

Today, the Falcons are coming off their greatest season. They have a young, hungry, talented roster ranked no. 1 by ESPN. They have perhaps the highest functioning GM-HC relationship in football. They’ve created a team-first spirit, more akin to that of a high school or college football team.

A Falcon fan could be excused for asking, “How on Earth did we end up here?”

Like with almost every question, the answer is multifactorial. But, the answer does primarily rest with one person: Dan Quinn.

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Falcons Podcast Episode 15: Jaguars Recap, Final Roster, and Poké-raps

What’s happening, Atlanta Falcons faithful!

Mike and Cory are here, and there’s no need to fear, we’ve got your Falcons 2017 roster talk at the ready!

The guys talk about the pressing questions about the final roster for the 2017 season and give out a full 53-man rundown of who they think makes the final cut. They also recap the preseason finale against those pesky Jacksonville Jaguars.  Continue reading