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.
ATLANTA - Atlanta officials have reached a $19.5 million preliminary deal to buy the property of one of two churches needed to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White knows better than most how the Atlanta Falcons' expectations have changed.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Ask Osi Umenyiora about playing in Atlanta and the Falcons' new defensive end smiles instantly.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez had to wait until his final season to strike a perfect training camp balance for both him and the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Now that he's wearing a $100 million smile, quarterback Matt Ryan is ready to get back to work for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford aren't having an easy time learning how to play cornerback in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson is still trying to feel his way through his first offseason with the Atlanta Falcons.
ATLANTA (AP) - Personal seat license sales for the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium have surpassed expectations set by the firm handling the process for the team.
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