Category Archives: AFC

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

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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.

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 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

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

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Falcons Podcast Episode 13 featuring Falcons fan Adam Jones

Why, hello there, Falcons faithful! It’s podcast time!

Mike and Cory return for another great edition of the Rise Up Reader Podcast. This week, they’re joined by Adam Jones, a Falcons fan and Rise Up Reader who also was a former football coach in Georgia. Adam helps the guys break down the Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game and a few topics of note in the headlines.  Continue reading

Falcons Film Room: Rookie DE Takk McKinley’s Debut

Atlanta Falcons rookie DE Takk McKinley made his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, letting his immediate presence be known. Continue reading

Five Takeaways from the Falcons’ Second Preseason Game Against Pittsburgh

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons’ second preseason game was like a game of Who’s Line is It Anyway – it was a cataclysm of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Wait a second that’s not right. Well, I mean, it kind of is when you think about it.

In a trip to the Steel City, the Falcons’ starters throttled the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starters (well, the ones not including the team’s three best players, Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, who are all very good), and the Steelers’ reserves throttled the Falcons’ reserves. All in all, it was just some dumb preseason game in a city known for putting French fries on sandwiches (which tastes good, for what it’s worth). Continue reading

Five Takeaways from Falcons’ First 2017 Preseason Game Against Miami

By Cory Woodroof

The Atlanta Falcons blew a lead to an NFC East team Thursday night, but thankfully, this loss won’t make you feel hollow on the inside.

The Falcons lost 23-20 to the Miami Dolphin in the most meaningless game on the NFL calendar – the first preseason game. Matt Ryan had a touchdown pass to RB Devonta Freeman to cap the first team offense’s night, and the first-team defense showed their fast, physical play against a Matt Moore-led Miami offense. The two teams will meet again in October at the new stadium, when Jay Cutler is likely under center. Continue reading