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.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As he prepares for his fifth season as starting quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan is grateful for all the rest he can get.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is having a tough time keeping his starting middle linebacker healthy.
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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