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The Falcoholic 3 hours ago
Pro Football Focus: Alex Mack has been the league’s 4th best center this season

Pro Football Focus: Alex Mack has been the league’s 4th best center this season

Fact: Alex Mack invented baked brie Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack is an irreplaceable football player. Without him the offense just wouldn’t tick. We know that Matt Ryan plays his best football when he’s kept off his back, and Mack plays a huge role in keeping him upright. Mack isn’t only the best offensive lineman on his team. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s been the fourth best offensive lineman in the league this season: This year, Mack has yet to surrender a sack, and has just nine total pressures to his name over the season, while maintaining an impressive run...
The Falcoholic 4 hours ago
Did Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones squash their beef?

Did Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones squash their beef?

Fact: Arthur Blank’s Christmas stocking is made of alpaca fleece Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is the chairman of the NFL’s compensation committee. He’s in charge of the group of men that recently gave NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a five year contract extension worth a potential $200 million. Outspoken Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t thrilled about the contract extension and he loudly voiced his displeasure. The Falcons just happened to lay a 27-7 butt whooping on the Cowboys right when the debate about Goodell’s extension was heating up. So with the owners...
The Falcoholic 11 hours ago
The Falcons can’t afford to lose Matt Ryan

The Falcons can’t afford to lose Matt Ryan

He’s the most irreplaceable player on a roster loaded with them. The Falcons have a number of vital players on this football team, to put it mildly. It’s hard to envision the team surviving very long without Julio Jones, without Grady Jarrett, without Alex Mack, and so on. There are many great players who together conspire to keep the Falcons in games, and the talent level here is higher than it has been in many years. That said, when we were prompted to write about one player who the team can’t afford to lose, there was only one real answer. That player is Matt Ryan. For all the...
The Falcoholic 12 hours ago
The Falcons control the outcome of the NFC South

The Falcons control the outcome of the NFC South

Atlanta can secure the division crown with wins against their divisional opponents in the final weeks of the 2017 season. Remember the Week 9 loss to Carolina? The Falcons had recently snapped their three-game losing streak with a victory against the Jets, only to lose a hotly contested road match-up with the Panthers (that, honestly, they should have won if not for a dropped Julio TD). They were sitting at 4-4 with the Saints and the Panthers gaining ground in the division. Things were dire for Atlanta’s playoff hopes, and fans were wondering if the team would even be competitive down...
The Falcoholic 13 hours ago
Falcons legend Tommy Nobis dead at 74

Falcons legend Tommy Nobis dead at 74

The original Falcons legend has passed away. Tommy Nobis was the very first pick in Falcons history. Given the team’s fraught history, you would expect that pick to have not worked out, but Nobis grew into a legitimate legend. He finished his long career with favorable comparisons to Dick Butkus, an obvious spot in the Falcons’ Ring of Honor, and a lifetime of appreciation in NFL circles. It is borderline criminal that he is still not in the Hall of Fame after all these years. Unfortunately, Nobis died today at the age of 74. It’s both a shock—74 seems young, somehow—and a loss...
The Falcoholic 15 hours ago
A Closer Look: Deion Jones takes charge

A Closer Look: Deion Jones takes charge

The rising star delivered in a must-win situation. On a sloppy Thursday night, someone needed to emerge in a highly contested divisional battle. There is plenty of star power between the Falcons and Saints. Given his track record against New Orleans, Deion Jones seemed like a prime candidate to make a game-changing play. The second-year player picked off Drew Brees and took it ninety yards to the house last season. It crushed Brees’ dreams of a fourth quarter comeback. Jones followed up a great performance with six tackles and three passes defensed in the regular season finale. It seemed...
The Falcoholic 17 hours ago
Deion Jones wins Defensive Player of the Week for making Drew Brees consider retirement

Deion Jones wins Defensive Player of the Week for making Drew Brees consider retirement

Deion Jones was a one man wrecking crew against the New Orleans Saints. In his short career, Jones has always shown up against his hometown team, and Thursday night was no exception. Whenever I feel a little down, I think back to him icing out the game with a ridiculous interception on Drew Brees. It’s really the perfect pick me up. The NFL has taken notice, and given Jones defensive player of the week. NFC Players of the Week: Off: Jonathan Stewart/#Panthers, Def: Deion Jones/#Falcons, ST: Trevor Davis/#Packers— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) December 13, 2017 This is huge for two...
The Falcoholic 21 hours ago
Former Falcon and Hall of Fame special teamer Devin Hester retires

Former Falcon and Hall of Fame special teamer Devin Hester retires

He had a few great moments in Atlanta. In many, many ways, the signing of Devin Hester back in 2014 made no sense for the Falcons. They were a team fresh off a disappointing season trying to make a splash, but they signed a 32-year-old receiver and special teamer at a time when the NFL was busily trying to make returns less valuable. It looked at the time—and certainly looks with the advantage of hindsight—like a dumb move at the end of the increasingly desperate Mike Smith era. But yet for one glorious season, at least, the move worked out extremely well. That’s because a...
The Falcoholic Dec 13, 2017
Pro Football Focus: Deion Jones was the NFL’s highest rated linebacker in week 14

Pro Football Focus: Deion Jones was the NFL’s highest rated linebacker in week 14

Fact: Deion Jones has a pet crocodile named “Gator” The Atlanta Falcons defense is an up and coming unit full of talented players hand picked by head coach Dan Quinn. They’ve occasionally frustrated us with their inexperience, but overall, they play passionate, entertaining defense. Linebacker Deion Jones stands out as one of the best in that group. Since the Falcons drafted Debo last year, he’s played at an incredibly high level. (Remember, he just turned 23 in November.) His 85.9 PFF grade makes him the 9th highest rated linebacker in the league this season. That’s not bad....
The Falcoholic Dec 13, 2017
NFL power rankings: Atlanta Falcons get slight bump after thrilling victory over New Orleans Saints

NFL power rankings: Atlanta Falcons get slight bump after thrilling victory over New Orleans Saints

Fact: Mohamed Sanu is an accomplished breakdancer The Atlanta Falcons have a clear path to the playoffs and they’re focused on getting there. They may not be the most popular team in the league, and the trolls sure do love their “28-3” jokes. But despite all the speed bumps this team has navigated in 2017, they’re still in it. Today’s Tuesday - let’s break down the power rankings. ESPN: 10th (same) The Falcons' pass rush was dependent on Vic Beasley Jr. last year, but others are getting more involved, which has resulted in a sack rate up nearly two full percentage points from...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
Tevin Coleman, Andy Levitre sit out Tuesday’s Falcons practice

Tevin Coleman, Andy Levitre sit out Tuesday’s Falcons practice

The Falcons will have to wait and see with two of their better offensive players. The Falcons may have to face the Buccaneers without their speediest running back and starting left guard. Those aren’t fatal losses, perhaps, but we’d prefer that Tevin Coleman and Andy Levitre were on the field, even so. Unfortunately, we won’t know either way until very late in the week, and possibly gameday on Monday. That’s because Coleman is in the league’s concussion protocol, which will unfold at its own leisurely pace, and Levitre is nursing an injury that already kept him out a week ago...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
Observations from Falcons vs. Saints

Observations from Falcons vs. Saints

After re-watching the game, here are some in-depth observations from the Falcons 20-17 victory over the Saints. Whew, what a game. That Falcons-Saints TNF tilt was without a doubt one of the more bizarre performances we’ve witnessed this season. For a Thursday night game, the contest was actually very entertaining—especially if you were a Falcons fan, because nothing surpasses beating the New Orleans Saints on national television. Bask in it, my friends. The game was actually a back-and-forth affair that saw the Falcons try very, very hard to gift-wrap the Saints a win—and New Orleans...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
If you could steal one Buccaneer with Gerald McCoy sidelined, who are you taking?

If you could steal one Buccaneer with Gerald McCoy sidelined, who are you taking?

He would have been a logical choice, but now the picture is muddied. You’re gearing up for the stretch run when a shady man in a trenchcoat presents you with an intriguing possibility. He can arrange for one Buccaneers player to be smuggled out of the building and sneaked onto the Falcons roster, to play under the assumed name of “Notbuc Lardley.” You can only pick one player, though, and you know Gerald McCoy and his torn bicep won’t be one of them. Who are picking? I’m going with Mike Evans. Not only is he one of the best players on the team, but he’s one of the few receivers...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
The Falcons are six point favorites over the Buccaneers in Week 15

The Falcons are six point favorites over the Buccaneers in Week 15

We get that they’re on the road, but what? Look, it is not unfair to put the Falcons down as mere six point favorites against the Buccaneers. The Bucs will be at home with plenty of pride at stake and a desire for revenge, and in a divisional game, that’s enough to make things close or even potentially swing into upset territory. Once the real world comes crashing down on Falcons-Bucs, any number of things could happen. On paper, though? This isn’t even likely to be particularly competitive if both teams play at roughly the median level they’ve played at all year, and it got even...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
The Falcons defense is better than the Falcons offense, at least by one metric

The Falcons defense is better than the Falcons offense, at least by one metric

Heady times. Here’s something that was virtually never true during those heady years where Mike Smith helmed the Falcons, or even in the Dan Quinn era thus far: The defense is better than the offense. That’s not true across the board, and depending on your perspective, it might not be true at all. The defense, as good as it is, doesn’t yet have as much established talent as the offense. But in terms of total yards allowed/piled up, the D ranks better than the other side of the ball. Falcons are now 9th in the NFL in total offense and 8th in total defense through all games...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
Do the Atlanta Falcons have a kicker conundrum on the horizon?

Do the Atlanta Falcons have a kicker conundrum on the horizon?

Fact: Matt Bryant can unfry an egg Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is a damn fine football player. As NFL kickers go, he’s the bee’s knees. If Bryant could continue at his current pace into his 60s, I’m sure the team would have him. But at some point, all football players start to regress, right? That’s the conventional logic when we’re talking about normal football players. But again, Bryant isn’t normal. Bryant may be a 42 year old man, but he’s crushing the football in 2017. He’s knocked down 6 of 7 50+ yard attempts and 7 of 8 40+ yard attempts this season. Compare...
The Falcoholic Dec 12, 2017
Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is only as good as his scouts

Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is only as good as his scouts

Fact: Thomas Dimitroff makes a delicious hollandaise sauce Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff must have thick skin by now. He’s endured a lot during his decade-long tenure with this team: criticism, effusive praise, commentary about his choice of hair pomade. But don’t be fooled by his bike shorts, there’s a method to this man’s madness. He relies heavily on his merry team of scouts and they’ve done excellent work for him over the years. The Mothership’s Matthew Tabeek published a must-read series today. Seriously, you must read it. It includes an article about...
The Falcoholic Dec 11, 2017
Patriots - Dolphins Week 14 Monday Night Football open thread

Patriots - Dolphins Week 14 Monday Night Football open thread

An AFC game where you get to see a team you don’t like lose, either way. On one hand, watching the New England Patriots lose to the Miami Dolphins would feel pretty sweet for a Falcons fan, given that this team has been on the wrong end of two deeply unfortunate losses in less than a calendar thanks to the official team of Dunkin’ Donuts. On the other hand, the Falcons’ defining loss this season was probably to the Dolphins, a team that had absolutely no business beating Atlanta and did so anyways. If you reverse just that one single game, the Falcons are first in the NFC South...
The Falcoholic Dec 11, 2017
Gerald McCoy unlikely to play in next Monday night’s Falcons vs. Buccaneers game

Gerald McCoy unlikely to play in next Monday night’s Falcons vs. Buccaneers game

If you thought this matchup could not get any easier, you were wrong. The Atlanta Falcons are in the middle of a very long stretch between Thursday night and Monday night games, basically working as a mini-bye week. Next Monday, they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team currently struggling to do anything effectively. They are the 2014 Falcons in so many aspects. After beating up Tampa just a few weeks ago, the Falcons get another shot with Tampa likely missing their best defensive lineman. #Bucs DT Gerald McCoy believes he has torn his biceps, sources say, which would almost certainly...
The Falcoholic Dec 11, 2017
Mohamed Sanu has gone from controversial free agent to stellar receiver

Mohamed Sanu has gone from controversial free agent to stellar receiver

Considering the questions about his ability when he was signed, Sanu has more than delivered. Being a possession receiver next to Julio Jones is, in many ways, a thankless task. Julio is always going to soak up the attention, the fame, and the appreciation in a way you simply cannot. Even Roddy White, in the twilight of his career, faded into the background next to #11. It is therefore a credit to Mohamed Sanu, who joined the team in the 2016 offseason as a free agent, that he’s managed to become a fan favorite and a truly appreciated cog in this offense. He’s done so by being...

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