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.

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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 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!

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Falcons Feeling Good Vibes Heading Into Seattle

by Mike Lederle

We witnessed a near perfect start for the Falcons on their eight-game, second-half, regular-season quest in returning to form. The Zeke-less Cowboys came to town, but for the Falcons, it really didn’t matter who was the opponent. This was as close to a “must win” game you could have at this point in the season. Continue reading

Statistically Comparing the 2016 and 2017 Atlanta Falcons

by Evan Birchfield

We are now at the midpoint of the 2017 NFL season, with our Atlanta Falcons sitting at 4-4. Going into this season, many had doubts as to the level of success that our offense would have under the newly hired Offensive Coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. I don’t think many expected this season to go as it has, but nonetheless, here we are. Continue reading

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

Five Possible 2017 Trade Targets for the Atlanta Falcons

With the NFL trade deadline charging full-steam ahead and the Atlanta Falcons still very much a playoff contender, it’d make sense that the team would at least kick around the can on potential NFL trades before next week’s deadline. Continue reading

Five Logical Fixes for Lagging Falcons Offense

If you haven’t heard, the Atlanta Falcons offense is, by some awful turn of chance, not doing so well right now.

They’ve been on the decline each and every week since their Packers victory (which feels like eons ago), and now they’ve been reduced to a shell of their former selves, with OC Steve Sarkisian taking the brunt of the criticism for stunting a once-historic offense. Continue reading