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Looking at the Falcons’ Offensive and Defensive Woes After 5 Games

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons are 3-2, but it’s a very uneven 3-2, as you well know.

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The team cranked off 3 wins – two close, one relatively commanding – and dropped their two most recent – two at home, against supposed lesser opponents. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 20: Quarter-Season Review with NFL.com’s Conor Orr

Here ye, here ye, Atlanta Falcons faithful!

Mike and Cory are here at the quarter mark of the 2017 season to discuss the 3-1 Falcons with NFL.com writer Conor Orr on another edition of the Rise Up Reader Atlanta Falcons podcast. Continue reading

Rise Up Reader Falcons/Bills 2017 Preview

By Cory Woodroof

Ladies and gentlemen, your Atlanta Falcons are 3-0.

It’s a good thing! The Falcons, coming off the worst ending to a season ever, have won two of their eight road games, and have beaten Aaron Rodgers, to start the year. The offense has put up 30 or more the last two games, and the defense is finally starting to come together. Though, they’re a bit nicked up right now on both sides of the ball, and a surprising 2-1 Buffalo Bills team is set to make the trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

So, before the early bye week, the team will close out the quarter mark of the season with a home stand against the stampede. How will they fare? Let’s take a look-see, shall we? Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 19: Bills Preview & Fan Chat with Josh Gremminger

Deep breaths, Atlanta Falcons fans! Deep breaths!

Mike and Cory return to the Rise Up Reader Podcast after the Falcons heart-stopping Week 3 win over the Detroit Lions to break down the Birds’ upcoming bout with the Buffalo Bills.  Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 18: Lions Preview with Mike Payton

Good day, Falcons fans!

Mike and Cory are once again front and center to deliver you your Rise Up Reader Podcast needs. This week, the guys are joined by Pride of Detroit’s Mike Payton to break down the upcoming Falcons game against the resurgent Detroit Lions.  Continue reading

Rise Up Reader Falcons/Packers Week Two Preview

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a closer-than-comfort win over the Chicago Bears to open up the season, and nothing follows up a heart-pounder like a Sunday Night Football visit from ole A-a-ron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who are seeking revenge after getting trounced by the Birds in the NFC Championship. Continue reading

Five Takeaways from the Falcons Week One Win over the Bears

By Cory Woodroof

*finishes hyperventilating*

Oh, hey, everyone, are you still alive?

After the hate-eternal gut punch of Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons got back at it in the Windy City against a stout Chicago Bears squad. The team didn’t bring the fireworks on offense like we got accustomed to seeing last season, but they did more than enough to secure a win, though it was the defense who sealed the deal. Continue reading

‘Twas the Night Before Football – A 2017 Atlanta Falcons Poem

 By Cory Woodroof

‘Twas the night before football, when all through the land.

Not a Falcon was being fast or physical; not even Coach Dan.

Dirty Bird hopes were up high, there joy to a twee,

Surely this would be the season they’d stop the joking about 28-3. Continue reading

Dr. StrangeBird, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Live with 28-3

By Cory Woodroof

There’s no use in trying to talk about it, trying to make sense with it, trying to come to peace with it, trying to banish it away like an otherworldly monster terrorizing your small town.

The Atlanta Falcons, yes, our guys, blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the most hated sports franchise of all time, in front of everybody, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. Continue reading

Rise Up Reader Falcons/Bears Week One Preview

By Cory Woodroof

On Sunday, the Falcons will begin their march back up the Super Bowl hill in the Windy City against the Chicago Bears, a team looking to prove they’re more than their shaky roster and warm-seated coaching staff, for their season opener Sunday. Continue reading