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.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan still won't criticize his NFL colleagues for leaving him off a list of the league network's top 100 players this summer.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham is free on bond Tuesday after being arrested on misdemeanor charges when authorities say he refused to leave an area taped off by police.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith is trying to level expectations for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta's offensive line is keeping Matt Ryan on his feet.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner apologized Wednesday to the team for his drunken driving arrest, saying he made "a bad decision" and was prepared to deal with the consequences.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith had plenty of concerns following his team's late-night victory over Denver.
ATLANTA - Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden better talk fast.
FLOWERY BRANCH - As a defensive coordinator and head coach, Mike Nolan has just one victory in seven tries against quarterback Peyton Manning.
By GEORGE HENRY
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Now that's more like it.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez's phone blew up as soon as the NFL schedule came out.
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.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
ATLANTA - A healthy Julio Jones made a big difference for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
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