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Falcons Fantasy Outlook – Week 12

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I am back with another Falcons Fantasy outlook for Week 12. If you have any fantasy questions, or just want to talk Falcons’ football, you can find me at @EvanBirchfield on Twitter. 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

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

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Madden 18: Simulating the Falcons’ Season

By Michael Aprile

Every year, a new Madden game comes out. And every year, it’s fun to simulate the entire Madden season to see what kind of crazy things happen. This year, there was a lot of crazy.

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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

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Falcons Film Room: Rising Star Austin Hooper

By Michael Aprile

As incredible and historic as the Falcons’ 2016 offense was, it’s easy to forget that the team didn’t have a lethal weapon to utilize at tight end. After Jacob Tamme went down with a season-ending shoulder injury, the starting job fell into the lap of 2016 third-round pick, Austin Hooper.

Early in the season, OC Kyle Shanahan did a tremendous job of scheming Hooper open. But later in the year, we saw glimpses of Hooper winning in one-on-one coverage, capping off his impressive rookie year with a huge touchdown reception in the game that shall not be named. With Hooper in better shape and sharing better chemistry with Matt Ryan, it’s no surprise that many are expecting a breakout season from Hooper this year.

Film specialist Daniel Spencer took an in-depth look at some of Hooper’s biggest plays of the 2016 season, which you can watch below. What are you expecting from Hooper this year?

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Falcons Set Date with Destiny in Packers Rematch after Seahawks Win

By Cory Woodroof

You knew it was going to come down to this, right?

The Atlanta Falcons’ miracle season – the one neither me, you, Todd McClure or Freddie Falcon could’ve seen coming – heads towards the pantheon of playoff destiny, with Atlanta’s David about to square off against two of football’s towering Goliaths. Continue reading

Quinn’s Falcons Must Pave Their Own Path in Playoffs

By Cory Woodroof

You know how the next two weeks are going to go.

“You know how those Falcons always fold in the playoffs!”

“Matt Ryan? More like Matt Cryin’ ‘cuz he choked away another playoff game!”

“Wait, the Falcons are in the playoffs? Well, they’ll lose early, I bet.”

“Wait, Matt Ryan is an MVP candidate? What has he done?”

“What’s an Atlanta Falcon?”

Look, we’ve been here before, and we’ve had our share of disappointments regarding the p-word: playoffs. Continue reading

Falcons Must First Take Care of Division Business Before Making January Plans

By Cory Woodroof

Perhaps Bachmann-Turner Overdrive summed it up best when Falcon fandom thinks of the next two games for the Falcons.

The Canadian rock band slammed down the hard facts about their workday – they were going to take care of business before the fun began! They were even going to be working overtime. They got the job done, no matter the task (random: here’s the Christmas reimagining of that song).

So, the Falcons must channel their inner Bachman-Turner Overdrive if they’re going to be making post-New Year’s Day plans.

The team, over the last month, has been playing great football. After the bye, the team thrashed three-fourths of the NFC West and came within an Eric Berry interception of beating the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs (proof that you really, indeed, just can’t win them all). Two of those blowout victories came without otherworldly WR Julio Jones in tow (*rimshot*) because of injury …to, y’know, his toe. It’s Christmas season, folks. Just politely giggle.

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