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Atlanta - Washington series history: The Falcons have dominated in recent memory

Atlanta - Washington series history: The Falcons have dominated in recent memory

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Atlanta’s reeled off six straight wins, making their pre-streak record against Washington a hideous 15-4-1. The Falcons don’t have great records against many teams in the NFL all-time, an artifact of sustained losing from basically 1966-1991, when the Falcons started to come on a little bit and began to look like a respectable football team. Washington is no exception. Let’s start with recent history. The Falcons have won six straight dating back to 2006, with just one dominant win (that 38-14 shellacking last year that was so satisfying) and several...
14 hours ago
The Falcoholic Live: Ep80 - Preseason Week 2 Recap

The Falcoholic Live: Ep80 - Preseason Week 2 Recap

Join the crew of The Falcoholic Live at 8:10 PM ET as they break down the biggest winners and losers from the third preseason game and preview Thursday’s matchup against Washington. Watch the stream below or on YouTube beginning at 8:10 PM ET Fellow Falcoholics, welcome to Episode 80 of The Falcoholic Live! It’s now Week 3 of the 2019 NFL Preseason, which means we’re only two meaningless games away from real football. In the meantime, we’ll be breaking down the Falcons’ Preseason Week 2 loss to the New York Jets, including the biggest winners and losers from the game and the...
16 hours ago
Matty Ice Moments: A most valuable 2016 season

Matty Ice Moments: A most valuable 2016 season

Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via Matt Ryan took home the MVP award in a brilliant 2016 campaign. Last offseason, I wrote a series of Throwback Thursday articles looking back at some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta Falcons history. That series culminated with an article looking back at the time newly minted general manager Thomas Dimitroff drafted Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. Here’s how that specific article concluded: As you may or may not have noticed, there wasn’t a single one of these articles which was dedicated to any moment in the Matt Ryan era;...
19 hours ago
Falcons rookie guard Chris Lindstrom impresses with quick recovery

Falcons rookie guard Chris Lindstrom impresses with quick recovery

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Coach Quinn likes what he’s seen out of the first-round draft pick. After watching star QB Matt Ryan get battered like a cheap piñata in 2018, the Falcons knew they had to address the offensive line this year. While the selection of Chris Lindstrom surprised quite a few people, most analysts agree it was a smart move. Lindstrom was widely considered the best guard in the draft and someone who can come in and start immediately. That said, rookies will always have their rough spots — even the first rounders. That’s why recent comments from Dan Quinn are...
21 hours ago
Patience is key with Giorgio Tavecchio

Patience is key with Giorgio Tavecchio

Photo by Michael Reaves/ It’s hard to be patient with a position as vital—and volatile—as kicker. But it’s the right move for the Falcons heading into the final two preseason games. After Giorgio Tavecchio missed his first kick of the preseason, the clamoring for Falcons’ legend Matt Bryant to return to Atlanta had already begun. Sure, it was minimal and mostly joking, but it was there. Tavecchio has now missed three kicks during the 2019 preseason, and the cries for Bryant have only gotten louder. It’s not entirely surprising: Bryant was the franchise’s best kicker, is...
23 hours ago
The Falcons have been top 10 in yards per drive every year of the Matt Ryan era

The Falcons have been top 10 in yards per drive every year of the Matt Ryan era

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ It’s a testament to Ryan and this offense. Would it shock you to know that the Falcons were one of the most effective teams in term of spinning up yardage on a per-drive basis? Would it shock you even more to know that’s been true for the last, oh, ten-plus years? The answer to both those questions is probably no, but it’s worth a look at how the Falcons have not only been consistently dominant in terms of moving downfield in the Matt Ryan era, but how that dominance has shifted to become even more dominant as time has gone on. As you’ll see in the tweet...
Aug 21, 2019
Falcons practice notes and quotes for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

Falcons practice notes and quotes for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Here’s what you need to know from Tuesday’s practice. It was a Tuesday in Flowery Branch, but for the Falcons, it was “Fast Friday” in their game prep workflow. Fridays are often a shorter practice day, and that was the case on Tuesday. Now that training camp is complete, only the first 30 minutes of practice are open to the media, so there’s simply not much to report from watching guys go through warmup and some individual drills. But here are the key things you need to know from Tuesday’s practice. Aug. 20, 2019 notes Julio Jones, Foye...
Aug 20, 2019
Ra’Shede Hageman back, Ty Sambrailo out against Washington for Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman back, Ty Sambrailo out against Washington for Falcons

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ Dan Quinn updated reporters on a list of players who will and won’t play Thursday night. Wondering who might be suiting up for the Falcons on Thursday night against Washington? Fortunately, Dan Quinn was all too glad to provide a few answers today, with comments rounded up by ace Falcoholic beat reporter Jeanna Thomas. Let’s get to it. Who are the Falcons holding out? There’s a long list. The first name is Russell Gage, who appears to have avoided serious injury against the Jets but will be brought along slowly. Gage is expected to be one of the...
Aug 20, 2019
Julio Jones confirms agent is in town, says he ‘didn’t put a timeline’ on new Falcons contract

Julio Jones confirms agent is in town, says he ‘didn’t put a timeline’ on new Falcons contract

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Julio’s not worried about his new deal, but with his agent in town, we’re expecting news soon. If you’re worried about Julio Jones’ pending new deal with the Falcons getting done, don’t be. Jones spoke to reporters after practice on Tuesday and confirmed reports that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, is in town negotiating with the team. “My agent’s in town,” Jones said. “Like I said, it’s nothing for me to really report. Just front office business with my agent, Jimmy Sexton.” Jones isn’t upset about the timetable, either. “I didn’t put a...
Aug 20, 2019
Dan Quinn throws support behind struggling kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

Dan Quinn throws support behind struggling kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The team does not seem ready to add any competition at kicker. Yet. Tampa Bay unceremoniously got rid of Matt Bryant in 2008 when they expected the 33-year-old’s career to be wrapping up. They have yet to find a decent kicker despite spending a second-round selection on a kicker only a few years ago. The Falcons unceremoniously got rid of Bryant this offseason when they expected the 43 year-old’s career to be wrapping up. The Falcons also liked Giorgio Tavecchio, the team’s kicker through three games in 2018. He impressed with some great kicks, including two...
Aug 20, 2019
Falcons 53-man roster projection: Preseason Week 3 Edition

Falcons 53-man roster projection: Preseason Week 3 Edition

Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via The Falcons put together a nice performance on defense and a mediocre one on offense against the Jets during the second week of the 2019 preseason. How does this game affect our 53-man roster projection (plus practice squad)? The first three preseason games of the 2019 season have mercifully come to an end for the Falcons. Somehow, there are still two more to go—thanks, Hall of Fame game—but we trudge on all the same. There were some standout players and some performances we’d rather forget from the Jets’ game, so let’s take a look at...
Aug 20, 2019
Tyeler Davison, Allen Bailey give Falcons hope for RB-crushing interior DL

Tyeler Davison, Allen Bailey give Falcons hope for RB-crushing interior DL

Photo by Michael Reaves/ With Grady Jarrett and Deadrin Senat already in the fold, this defensive tackle group looks downright nasty. The Falcons weren’t good at a lot of things in 2018, but they identified their run defense as a major liability for a reason. They only held opposing offenses under 100 yards five times, allowed two 200 yard rushing games, and were embarrassed frequently. They wound up 25th in rushing yards allowed and 21st in touchdowns, as well as 28th in yards per attempt. Stopping the run isn’t—and shouldn’t be—the priority it once was, but it’s a key...
Aug 20, 2019
Are the Falcons going to give their starters real run again in Week 3?

Are the Falcons going to give their starters real run again in Week 3?

Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via It’s a question worth asking for its implications around injuries. Against the Jets last Thursday night, the Falcons did something I didn’t really expect. It wasn’t losing the game (which they are wont to do, having done so 11 straight times in preseason) and it wasn’t committing a costly turnover when they really couldn’t afford to. It was playing the starters, which the Falcons elected to do at length. Matt Ryan played 31 snaps, which accounted for most of the first half, and the defense was on the field for a long time. That was a...
Aug 19, 2019
Report: Julio Jones may receive new contract this week, but really this time

Report: Julio Jones may receive new contract this week, but really this time

Todd Kirkland/ Finally, it’s (possibly) happening! Jimmy Sexton, who has served as the longtime agent of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, is reportedly traveling to Atlanta to wrap up Julio’s new contract this week. Well, at least to try to. NFL league sources tell me Jimmy Sexton.. the agent for Falcons WR Julio Jones.. is headed to Atlanta to visit with Falcons and try to lock down a deal this week pic.twitter.com/JPUmLDpO05— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) August 19, 2019 The best wide receiver in the league, Julio Jones, has been all about business this offseason....
Aug 19, 2019
A reminder that preseason records don’t matter, but preseason performance might

A reminder that preseason records don’t matter, but preseason performance might

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Don’t focus on the record, but do focus on how the team is actually performing. As the Falcons roll into Thursday night to play and potentially lose to Washington, it’s an excellent time to take a deep breath and remember what really matters about preseason. This matters because the Falcons are on a pretty phenomenal run of preseason futility. If you count the Hall of Fame Game, the Falcons have dropped their last 11 straight, the kind of streak that would see Dan Quinn fired out of a cannon and into the sun if it happened ni the regular season. Faced...