FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is enjoying a strong recovery from his disappointing slow start to the season.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are doing pretty well on offense.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith worked two full-time jobs before joining his family for dinner on Thursday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - All the postgame comments from Tennessee's locker room were similar: Tackling Michael Turner is no easy task.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Everyone seems to be playing Monday Morning Quarterback with Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith says he's looking to find more help for Michael Turner in the Falcons' running game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Dunta Robinson's second year with Atlanta is much like his first.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith likes to call quarterback Matt Ryan "one tough Irishman."
By CHARLES ODUM
By CHARLES ODUM
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez refuses to boast about himself as he moves closer to becoming the NFL's No. 2 career leader in receptions.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Ray Edwards is finding his place in the Falcons' defense just in time for a visit to one of his favorite NFL settings.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner kept running the ball. Matt Ryan worked in some short passes. It wasn't exactly stretching the field, but it sure worked for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is supposed to be one of the NFL's rising stars at quarterback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith painstakingly went over every possession the Falcons had in their latest loss, pointing out each little mistake, each little miscue.
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater playing with calm and poise beyond his years. Jerick McKinnon running hard between the tackles. Anthony Barr coming up with a big sack in the fourth quarter.
FLOWERY BRANCH - These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan has received plenty of accolades for his mammoth passing numbers in the opening month of the season. Another came Wednesday, when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons' defense was handed a new challenge on Monday as players returned from their long weekend: How to contain Teddy Bridgewater.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester gets a text every morning from Deion Sanders, usually with some sort of inspirational message.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
ATLANTA - The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews has returned to practice after missing last week's loss at Cincinnati with a sprained left ankle.
FLOWERY BRANCH - One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.
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