Tag Archives: Steve Sarkisian

Falcons First Takes: Desperation Mode Propels Falcons to Victory

by Matt Karoly

Things looked bleak for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. At one point, Atlanta’s offense had a string of three straight possessions that ended with a Matt Ryan interception.

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But that notwithstanding, the Falcons desperately eked out a 20-17 victory over the division-leading New Orleans Saints to keep their playoff hopes alive. The key word in all of that: desperately.

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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

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

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

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/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

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

On the Brink of a New Falcons Season: For Us, For Them, For 28-3

By Cory Woodroof

Flash-forward with me to February 2018.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Your friends are coming over for the big game, you’ve got the pre-shows on while vacuuming the living room. Pizzas will be arriving soon. Kickoff’s in a little bit.

Who’s playing?

Of course the Patriots. Bleh, forget those guys. They’re here every year. Went 13-3 in the regular season, Belichick never sounded happy about it, waltzed through the playoffs (well, the Steelers gave them a run for their money in the AFC Championship, but of course, Brady weapon number 145 came down with that one catch they won’t stop playing on ESPN).

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Rise Up Reader Falcons Early Offseason Review – Offense

By Cory Woodroof

Hello, Rise Up Readers, and a Happy May to you!

This week, we will be recapping the Falcons offseason thus far, breaking down the new acquisitions, a few burning questions and even an early projection for the final offensive roster spots (hint: Matt Ryan makes the roster).

We will focus more on incumbent player performances closer to training camp, but for now, we’ll spend a lot of time with our new Falcons, and a few familiar faces.

So, let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading