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 - Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton hopes to build a late-game resume similar to Falcons QB Matt Ryan's.
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The high-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers appear poised to provide a memorable send-off for the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - As with any rematch, there are certainly things that both teams learned about each other the first time around.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Dan Quinn got a shot at being a head coach because of his work molding one of the league's best defenses.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan is back in the playoffs after a four-year wait.
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