4:56 AM EST, Sun December 16, 2018
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Where the Atlanta Falcons stand heading into Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals

Where the Atlanta Falcons stand heading into Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals and Falcons are both laughably bad, but the Falcons are healthy and should be favored to win this one. Roster Moves Nothing this week. The Falcons are standing pat because they have a pretty good idea of how they want to divvy up snaps the rest of the way, with no one out there that’s really worth adding unless more injuries pile up. That’s the depressing reality of this moment in Falconsdom, but at least they’re not out there chasing veterans when it’s not warranted and can focus on developmental opportunities for players who deserve them. Health Austin Hooper is...
12 hours ago
A few Falcons can still push their way up the NFL leaderboards with three games to go

A few Falcons can still push their way up the NFL leaderboards with three games to go

Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and...Robert Alford are among those who can go The Falcons don’t have much to celebrate right now, but they do have some players making a little history the rest of the way, and I thought some of you might appreciate taking a closer look at that. So, um, here’s your history in the making. Matt Ryan With a great three game stretch, Ryan has an outside chance to jump up to 11th in the all-time passing yardage leaderboard, just behind Hall of Famer Warren Moon and just ahead of Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. If he’s merely mediocre, he should still make it to...
13 hours ago
Falcons’ Brother of the Week vs. Packers

Falcons’ Brother of the Week vs. Packers

For the Brotherhood! Hey Falcoholics, it’s me, Evan Birchfield. This new segment known as “Brother of the Week” will highlight an Atlanta Falcons player who did a lot for the team in a game, but won’t receive headlines for it. For example, players like Julio Jones won’t typically make the article as they always get headlines. Without further ado, the Brother of the Week for Week 14 is RB Ito Smith. In defeat, it’s usually difficult to find the positives, but Ito has flashed in the few chances he has gotten this season. Last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, RB Tevin...
15 hours ago
The Falcoholic’s Falcons Fan Spotlight: Get to know Richard Parker

The Falcoholic’s Falcons Fan Spotlight: Get to know Richard Parker

Let’s hear from the fans! Greetings Falcoholics. I’m back with another Fan Spotlight to highlight a fellow Falcons fan for the week. This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Richard Parker. How did you become an Atlanta Falcons fan? Growing up in Augusta, GA I became a fan of the team. I especially remember the ‘high-stepping’ Deion Sanders. What’s your favorite Atlanta Falcons’ moment? It’s difficult to just pick one, so I’ll give you two. First off, watching Morten Anderson kick a game-winning 38-yard field goal in the 1998 NFC Championship against the Minnesota Vikings. It was...
16 hours ago
Crossfire: Should the 2018 Falcons win out or lose out?

Crossfire: Should the 2018 Falcons win out or lose out?

Our writers debate on our latest crossfire podcast Jeanna Thomas takes on Eric Robinson in this week’s Falcoholic Crossfire podcast. The spirited debate covers 6 total topics, including the one already mentioned. Listen to the podcast and vote for your winner below! The topics covered: Should the 2018 Falcons win out or lose out the remaining 3 games? Over/under - the 2019 Falcons will win 9 games Will Julio Jones play into his mid-30s or retire early? Will Tevin Coleman be an Atlanta Falcon in 2019? Who is more likely to be fired, Steve Sarkisian or Marquand Manuel? Will Damontae Kazee...
18 hours ago
Falcons vs. Cardinals: One reason to worry, one reason to feel confident

Falcons vs. Cardinals: One reason to worry, one reason to feel confident

This game could get ugly through the air. What, me worry about the Falcons losing to the Cardinals? In a big picture sense, I’m not even sweating. In the sense that I am going to have to spend three-plus hours of my Sunday watching and writing about the game, I’m quite concerned. If we’re operating under the assumption that the Falcons want to win this game—and from top to bottom, I don’t doubt that they do—there are ample reasons to feel confident about this game and a few reasons to be concerned. Let’s dive in to those now, as is our custom. Feel confident about stopping...
20 hours ago
Falcons fans’ pettiest rooting interests guide and picks for NFL Week 15 games

Falcons fans’ pettiest rooting interests guide and picks for NFL Week 15 games

Don’t let the Falcons being terrible distract you from rooting against the Saints. This season is miserable, but it’s not over. If you’re petty, like me, you can still find a few ways to enjoy yourself over the next three games. Even if you’re hate-watching at this point, it’s more fun when you feel like you’ve got a stake in these games. I’m here to help with this handy rooting interests guide. When I send the Google form to the guys for their picks each week, they have to add their names at the top of the document. I’ve taken to putting something to the extent of...
Dec 14, 2018
Per very scientific polling, the Falcons are the third-most disappointing team in the NFL this season

Per very scientific polling, the Falcons are the third-most disappointing team in the NFL this season

The Jaguars SB Nation decided to poll NFL fans on the most disappointing team in the league this year, and shockingly, the Falcons did not top the list. Instead, it was the Jaguars, then the Packers, then the Falcons. I’m sort of in awe, being mired in my own misery about the Falcons, but certainly both of those teams have legitimate cases for the crown, as it were. Which NFL team were you wrong about this season? pic.twitter.com/7JI0YZAnlU— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 14, 2018 The case for the Jaguars is fairly obvious. Re-upping Blake Bortles was a huge mistake that...
Dec 14, 2018
Former Falcons great Bill Fralic dead at 56

Former Falcons great Bill Fralic dead at 56

It’s too young for a good man and a ferocious blocker. With offensive linemen, invisibility is often an asset. If no one notices you outside of the folks who love a good film breakdown, it’s probably because you’re doing your job, and you’re doing it well. Bill Fralic was one of the exceptions to that rule. He stood out the same way a steamroller stands out at a kiddie pool, because of its size and power and extreme potential for harm. He inspired the term “pancake block” because of the way he, well, pancaked folks. Fralic went to four Pro Bowls as a Falcon, and while he’s...
Dec 14, 2018
What non-Shanny candidates are out there for Falcons’ offensive coordinator job?

What non-Shanny candidates are out there for Falcons’ offensive coordinator job?

Should a move be made, what would the options be outside the Shanny tree? With Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian no sure thing to stick around past the end of December, the team might be in the business for a new play caller. You have to think, after Sark, the team will maybe want to focus on a veteran mind to run the show, as opposed to someone rawer and more potential-laden like Sark was. We talked previously about the different folks from the Shanahan tree who could come to Atlanta and finish the job Kyle started a few years ago. What if Atlanta diverges away from that...
Dec 14, 2018
Falcons players to start in your fantasy lineup or sit on your bench in Week 15

Falcons players to start in your fantasy lineup or sit on your bench in Week 15

Arizona’s defense could pose some problems. Man, this season really sucks. Each week is accompanied by another loss — that’s five in a row, for those keeping count — and each loss just showcases how much players and fans alike have apparently surrendered on the season. Things got ugly in a hurry in Lambeau Field this past weekend. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the Falcons were beaten down physically and psychologically. The Packers got out to a 34-7 lead before Atlanta scored some garbage time points to make it look closer than it really was. Last week was hideous, but at least...
Dec 14, 2018
Former Falcons LB Brian Banks’ film gets a summer 2019 release date

Former Falcons LB Brian Banks’ film gets a summer 2019 release date

Here’s something overwhelmingly positive. As we all sulk through the remainder of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2018 season, let’s redirect our attention to Hollywood for a little Falcons-related movie news. The upcoming, self-titled Brian Banks biopic officially has a release date. You can look for the Tom Shadyac-helmed project, starring actor Aldis Hodge in the titular role of the former Falcons linebacker to hit theaters August 9, 2019, per Deadline Hollywood. The film follows Banks through the turmoil of his imprisonment after being falsely convicted of rape to his improbable comeback...
Dec 14, 2018
What is the Falcons’ cap situation heading into 2019?

What is the Falcons’ cap situation heading into 2019?

The Falcons are estimated to walk into the 2019 offseason with $26.49M, but how much space do they really have? We take a look at a mock offseason to find out just how much flexibility Atlanta has. With the Falcons’ 2018 season circling the drain, it’s time to look ahead to the 2019 offseason. There’s been plenty of buzz about the very real possibility of Atlanta netting a top-5 pick in next year’s draft, but what about the Falcons’ cap situation heading into 2019? On the surface, it looks like the team could be in relatively good shape financially, but how much money are we...
Dec 14, 2018
Cardinals vs. Falcons: How the game will be won or lost

Cardinals vs. Falcons: How the game will be won or lost

Can the Falcons capitalize on what appears to be a favorable matchup? In a matchup between two of the bottom three teams in the NFC, most would consider this game to be rather meaningless. That isn’t the case for the home team. Losing four out of their last five games by double digits leaves the Falcons in complete shambles. The lack of intensity is evident, while self-inflicted miscues and penalties continue to transpire every week. It’s gotten to the point where the plethora of injuries are no longer a reasonable defense for their recent performances. Instead of testing defenses in...
Dec 14, 2018
Falcons vs. Cardinals: Channel, announcers, schedule, odds and more for Week 15

Falcons vs. Cardinals: Channel, announcers, schedule, odds and more for Week 15

The Falcons and Cardinals are trying to determine who is the worst team in the NFC. Two more days until we get to see the Falcons play the Cardinals. I’m sure you’re just chomping at the bit to watch it, right? I don’t have much to say about this game other than this: It is the most winnable game left by a wide margin, and the one that the Falcons seem most likely to pull out. Chances are decent Atlanta’s going to win one of their final three, at least, even if it runs contrary to the draft stock improvement we’re all gunning for at this point. It might as well be this one,...