ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are offering an extra $8 million to purchase a church property that sits at the site of a proposed $1 billion, retractable roof stadium that the NFL team wants to build, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, there was no time for a leisurely transition to the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have some of the most dynamic offensive players in the league.
NEW ORLEANS - Just like last season, Matt Ryan had the Atlanta Falcons achingly close to a late go-ahead touchdown against New Orleans at the Superdome. Once again, they could not finish the deal.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White isn't promising he'll be 100 percent for the Falcons' opener at the Saints on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan knows that being a quarterback comes with certain responsibilities.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith isn't terribly concerned that his offensive line and secondary had some big leaks in a preseason loss at Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Beating a team that played in the NFC championship game is nice in the preseason. Winning when both the Titans and Atlanta Falcons played their starters into the second half makes it even better.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans certainly are getting tested this preseason by one playoff team after another. And now they get to play Atlanta, a team that just missed a trip to the Super Bowl.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson is even more excited about the potential of the Atlanta Falcons' offense now that tight end Tony Gonzalez is back at practice. Jackson signed a three-year, free-agent contract as the NFL's active leading rusher in March for a myriad of reasons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - While the Atlanta Falcons hustled their way through a drill Tuesday, Tony Gonzalez grabbed a clipboard from an assistant coach, a bit perplexed about what was going on.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith was in a good mood after practice Saturday because his starting offense rolled Thursday night a 27-23 preseason loss at Baltimore, and it figures to get better Sunday with the return of Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Sean Weatherspoon returned to Atlanta Falcons practice on Monday after sitting out a week because of a left finger injury.
ATLANTA - A jubilant Brian Banks described his preseason debut with the Atlanta Falcons as "better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on."
FLOWERY BRANCH - The matchup to watch in tonight's Falcons-Bengals preseason opener will be Atlanta right tackle Lamar Holmes against Cincinnati defensive end Robert Geathers.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant expects to be exhausted by the end of Atlanta's NFC South showdown Sunday at New Orleans.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan says he and the Atlanta Falcons face no added pressure with everything on the line this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Another Falcons practice without Julio Jones was followed by another vote of confidence from coach Mike Smith that the star wide receiver will make it back from his hip injury this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It's possible 5-8 never looked so good.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the "intention" is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday night's loss at Green Bay.
FLOWERY BRANCH - An impressive win over Arizona's strong defense was a confidence-booster for running back Steven Jackson and the Falcons' offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - At 5-7 and sporting the NFL's most leaky defense, the Atlanta Falcons look like a mismatch against Green Bay star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Desmond Trufant knows the Atlanta Falcons' secondary faces a major challenge as Josh Gordon returns this week for Cleveland.
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