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, Ga. - Entering his eighth NFL season, Roddy White believes this Atlanta Falcons team is the best he's seen.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When undrafted receiver Kevin Elliott arrived in Jacksonville, he had as much confidence as a seasoned veteran.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have made a habit of reaching the playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - John Abraham usually doesn't mind publicly critiquing his teammates on the Atlanta Falcons' defensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Brent Grimes tears off from one practice field to the next, leaping over a tackling pad that's about as tall as he is along the way.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Once again, Dominique Davis is the new quarterback in camp, marveling at the work of established starter Matt Ryan.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White doesn't shy away from the diva tendencies of many successful receivers.
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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