FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons are sitting atop the NFC standings at 7-2 and they've won three straight games.
ATLANTA - AFC vs. NFC. First place vs. first place. Talented offense vs. bruising defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan isn't terribly concerned the Atlanta Falcons have developed a flair for crazy fourth quarters.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Let's see: Monday is a combination of Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday is a morphing of Thursday and some of Friday. And Wednesday is part Friday, part Saturday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - No one was more amused by Raheem Morris boasting that Tampa Bay is the best team in the NFC than Roddy White.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith doesn't know if Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson will be cleared to return to practice this week.
ATLANTA - Roddy White is one of the biggest cutups in the Atlanta Falcons locker room.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson has a concussion following his hit on Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson that knocked both players out of Sunday's game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Turner doesn't mind Atlanta being described as a blue-collar team, he actually thinks it fits the Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - In Thomas DeCoud's locker is a shiny gold belt, akin to something a heavyweight boxing champion might wear. The Atlanta Falcons pass it around each week to the defensive back who does the best job in a series of ball-catching drills.
The Atlanta Falcons are soaring after their overtime victory in New Orleans. With the Browns up next week, this is a good time to make strides, something their defense must do for Atlanta to be a true championship contender. The offense, especially NFC receiving leader Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez, looks dynamic.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Turner thinks the NFL caught a glimpse of a coming attraction in Atlanta.
NEW ORLEANS - The defending champion New Orleans Saints are finding themselves on the defensive about their normally high-flying offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan and the Falcons are on a roll, just in time for a much-anticipated visit to New Orleans.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan insists the Atlanta Falcons weren't thinking about the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints as they crushed the Arizona Cardinals.
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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