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.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday he likes what he has seen of his team through offseason workouts.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan said Tuesday his focus is on his new teammates and a new season and he's not fretting about the status of his new contract.
BOSTON - NFL owners approved a $200 million loan Tuesday for the Atlanta Falcons to build a new stadium.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Cornerback Robert Alford was too good for the Falcons to pass up in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night, even though Atlanta also selected a cornerback in the first round.
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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