FLOWERY BRANCH - They sound like idle words, even for a team with the NFL's best record.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' short-yardage woes in their first loss of the season stirred memories of similar struggles the last time they lost - in the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Todd McClure can tell this is becoming a special season for the Atlanta Falcons, just from all the extra time he's spending on the phone.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons could be closer to full strength on defense the next time they take the field.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson never questioned Atlanta's offseason trade for Asante Samuel.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons' defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right ankle injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't like to discuss his accomplishments for more than a couple of minutes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The more Atlanta keeps winning, the more coach Mike Smith keeps tinkering with ways to help the Falcons improve.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons, the NFL's last unbeaten team, were rested and closer to full strength on Monday in their return from their bye week.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Then there was one.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons gather in the meeting room at the beginning of each week, they can always count on coach Mike Smith jotting one thing on the board.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons players used their off day Tuesday to go back to school.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are in uncharted territory.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Standing in front of his locker, wearing an Atlanta Braves cap, Matt Ryan was back in full ice mode.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are an imperfect 4-0.
The Falcons' financially conservative approach to this year's free-agent signings may have been influenced by hopes of keeping star wide receiver Julio Jones from leaving next year.
Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.
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