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.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Mike Smith and his staff are trying to correct the problems that plagued Atlanta's offense in the Falcons' season opener.