Category Archives: NFL

Making Sense of the Tiebreaker Scenarios for the Atlanta Falcons

by Matt Karoly

Atlanta Falcons fans were treated to a relaxing weekend off this past Sunday, as the team had a mini-bye following their 20-17 win over the Saints on Thursday. However, that didn’t mean there wasn’t a reason to tune in to Sunday’s slate of games.

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With the Falcons firmly entrenched in the NFC playoff picture, Dirty Bird Nation became fans of other teams, including even a division rival, for just one day in the hopes of making Atlanta’s path to the postseason as clear as possible. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned and as a result, the NFC is as crowded as it ever has been.

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Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Outlook: Week 14 vs. Saints

by Evan Birchfield

Welcome back, Rise Up Readers! It is I, the self-proclaimed Fantasy Guru, Evan. Hopefully you all won last week, and now you’re coming to me for advice in your fantasy playoff matchup? Maybe you just enjoy my articles? Whatever reason, I’m happy to see you’ve returned for the Week 14 outlook.

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Falcons must rebound quickly with first-place Saints up next

by Mike Lederle

Facing the Vikings, I felt like the Falcons had to be close to perfect to come out with the victory. Coming in short handed defensively minus Desmond Trufant and Brian Poole would make for a tough afternoon, right? Seemingly the easy answer is yes, but the Falcons defense held its own for the majority of the afternoon. Continue reading

Falcons Podcast Episode 28: Saints Pt. 1 Preview

Hello, Atlanta Falcons fans near and far!

Mike and Cory coming at you with the first-ever recording of the Rise Up Reader Podcast where both hosts are in the room!

The guys are here to break down the season’s first matchup with the newly-fearsome New Orleans Saints. Continue reading

Julio Jones

Falcons, Julio Jones, reintroduce themselves to the rest of the NFL

by Mike Lederle

My name is Julio! Or Beast, or G.O.A.T., or Jet—whatever you prefer. For those fans that forgot, Julio reminded them exactly who is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Other fanbases like to think their wide receiver is better, but it’s “fake news”, as they say.

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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

After Falcons’ Seattle Win, the Buc Stops Here

By Mike Lederle

The Atlanta Falcons were able to put a stop to the Seahawks and Russell Wilson’s undefeated streak on Monday Night Football with a 34-31 road victory this week.

Seattle’s Legend of Boom light had a tough time containing a Falcons offense that continues to get better week to week, and the Falcons defense continued to be opportunistic with a key Desmond Trufant interception, as well as a Takk McKinley sack/fumble that results in an Adrian Clayborn scoop-up touchdown. Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Outlook: 2017 Week 11

by Evan Birchfield

Greeting’s fellow Rise Up Readers, it is I, Evan Birchfield here with a Falcons fantasy football outlook for Week 11. As a new contributor to Rise Up Reader, I will let you know I’m very much into Fantasy Football, and I’d be happy to help you out with your fantasy decisions.

I’m going to try and limit the advice to Falcons related players only. If you’d like some fantasy advice on other players around the league, you can reach me on Twitter at @EvanBirchfield. With that being said, let’s figure out who to start (and not to start) against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night. (Predications based on PPR-league scoring.)

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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.

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