Falcons escape black hole with week two win over upstart Raiders

By Cory Woodroof

Just like laying down in cold bed sheets or finding a $20 on the sidewalk, few things feel as good and natural as your favorite NFL team not starting its season with a 0-2 record.

The old adage states that if your team starts the season with a 0-2 record, then you had best head to the docks to wave your playoff hopes goodbye with your finest handkerchief as they sail to new lands.

Thankfully for the Atlanta Falcons, 0-2 isn’t the reality with a nasty stretch in the season starting next week in New Orleans. The Falcons impressed on both sides of the ball in its 35-28 road win over the up-and-coming Oakland Raiders – a trendy playoff pick and the widely-believed winner of this contest by the picking parties that be.

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Too little, too late for Falcons in Week 1 loss to Buccaneers

By Cory Woodroof

It’s just too little, too late. Words sung in 2006 by pop star JoJo, and uttered by Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the post-game press conference after the team’s 31-24 season-opening home loss to the Buccaneers.

After many penciled in a “W” in the win/loss column before this Bird bout, a few fears were realized by Falcons fans Sunday afternoon: the punching-bag Bucs might be legit for once, the rookies still have some learning to do, and the Falcons might not be the Lombardi team once again this season.

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Five Falcons Under the Most Pressure This Season

By Bobby Holloway III

With the regular season finally about to get underway, the Falcons have a few guys under the label of “prove it”. If the Falcons want to take a step toward shaking the stigma of underachievers and give the fanbase reasons to believe they are a legit contender in the NFL, then these five players need to live up to the team slogan and “Rise Up”. Some are draftees who haven’t performed up to expectations early in their career, some need to rebound from a bad season, and another has arrived via free agency with lofty expectations from both the organization and fanbase.

Let’s take a look at the five players facing the most pressure to perform this season.

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After two preseason games, how is the Falcons’ 53-man roster shaping up?

by Cory Woodroof (@CoryWoodroof47)

We’re two games into preseason, and the Atlanta Falcons’ roster is beginning to take form. The majority of players have had solid camps, but inevitably, the roster will have to be trimmed down to 53 men. How does that final roster look as of right now? Let’s take a look.

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Five Things Learned from the Falcons Preseason Win Over the Browns

by Vince Phillips (@KentPhillipsV)

The Falcons’ offense looked a whole lot better than last week with a 24-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. The first team looked unstoppable on the first drive—whether passing or running, they were firing on all cylinders. It also looked as if Devonta Freeman picked up right where he left off last season with a dazzling 19-yard TD run in the first quarter. He still runs with anger and is shifty as can be.

The receiving corps looks like it could be very good this year, with the potential to be as good as they were when Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas were at their respective peaks. The development of Justin Hardy and the ability of Mohamed Sanu should take more pressure off of Jones, which helps get everyone open.

Overall, the team played well but had some hiccups to be learned from, and we learned a little bit more of what to expect from the team this season. Here are the five most prominent things learned from preseason Week 2.

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Five Falcons Rising After Preseason Week 1

by Michael Aprile (@RiseUpReader)

The Falcons defeated Washington 23-17 on Thursday, unofficially ushering in the 2016 season and putting an end to the slow, seemingly-endless drought that is the NFL offseason. Seeing the red and black back on TV signaled the start of some beautiful pastimes: hope that this is the Falcons’ magic year, scorching #hottaeks about the Birds’ inevitable doom, and pumpkin spice flavored everything.

The team played well as a whole, but there were some individual Dirty Birds that flew higher than others, and they deserve some recognition and praise. Without further adieu, here are five Falcons who are rising up after the first preseason game of the 2016 season.

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Falcons 2016 Preseason: Week One Recap, a 23-17 Win

by Cory Woodroof (@corywoodroof47)

They say the proof is in the pudding—well, perhaps not the pre-seasoned pudding.

The Atlanta Falcons started out the 2016 season with a back alley rough-and-tumble rumble against Washington Thursday night (S.E. Hinton would disapprove), etching its first taste of victory, 23-17. Though, the victory, like any pre-season victory, is fool’s gold when it comes to evaluating how the team will perform come September.

Remember, the team looked as sharp as a tack against Tennessee and the New York Jets during pre-season weeks one and two in 2015 before getting a shellacking in Miami during week three. Then, came the five-win stretch, and then…well, you remember the rest.

The exuberantly scrappy game was marred with whistle blows and yellow flags, with the penalty count for both teams exceeding twenty. Despite the rulebook mishaps, the Falcons flashed some highs and highlighted some dusty spots as the team gets into game shape.

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