ATLANTA (AP) — Something has to give when the Atlanta Falcons’ porous defense faces the New York Giants’ sluggish offense on Monday night.
The Falcons rank last in third-down percentage, second-worst in scoring average and third-worst in average yards allowed. They’ve been hit hard by ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Pat Shurmur isn’t about to express sympathy for the Atlanta Falcons’ ever-growing list of key players on injured reserve.
The New York Giants’ coach has his own problems.
The Giants (1-5) will try to end their three-game losing streak when they face the Falcons (2-4) ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is going on injured reserve, another major setback for a team that already has lost several key players.
Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that Freeman’s groin injury was more serious than initially thought, forcing him to ...
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a former West Virginia football player has been charged in Georgia with aggravated child molestation.
Authorities say Justin Crawford was arrested after a 12-year-old girl told her mother Crawford had sex with her Saturday in his Columbus home.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Smith is out as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.
Riding a three-game losing streak and not showing any signs of being able to fix a porous unit that keeps undermining the team’s chances of winning, the ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons finally got the ball to bounce their way.
They hope that’s the start of more good fortune.
After a hugely disappointing start to season, the Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 34-29 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday,
Jackson bemoans missed opportunities in Bucs’ loss
ATLANTA (AP) — DeSean Jackson wasn’t looking forward to the film review of Tampa Bay’s third straight loss.
He already knew the missed scoring opportunities would be the most painful part of the Buccaneers’ 34-29 loss to the ...
ATLANTA (AP) — After Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston traded touchdown pass after touchdown pass, it came down to a few wacky flips near the goal line.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers nearly pulled off a miracle.
But, in the end, the Atlanta Falcons finally got a much-needed victory to bounce ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The injury plagued Atlanta Falcons will be without defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and running back Devonta Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jarrett is sitting out his second straight game with a sprained ankle, while Freeman is ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Calvin Ridley is going through quite an adjustment.
During his college days at Alabama, he hardly knew what it was like to lose.
“It was three games, right?” Ridley said Wednesday, pausing briefly to ponder whether his memory was correct. “Three games,” he ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Coach Dan Quinn has been here before with a three-game losing streak.
The Atlanta Falcons dropped three straight last year. They lost six in a row in Quinn’s first season in 2015.
“None of us expected to be here with this losing record,” Quinn said Monday. ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons kept stressing there was no need to panic during their sluggish start. That the small mistakes that kept costing them games would get cleaned up. That their banged-up roster would get healthy. That the team that began the season with Super Bowl expectations ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown insists he’s still in sync with Ben Roethlisberger even though their numbers together are down.
Roethlisberger and Brown are one of the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandems in NFL history, but the duo has struggled to find a rhythm through four ...
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate was driving to work Tuesday when he was behind a two-car accident on a freeway. He ended up spending about 45 minutes to help a woman and her young daughter.
“No one was stopping or getting out to see what was going on,” Tate recalled. “I just put it ...
Falcons catching no breaks with injuries on defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Takk McKinley says nobody feels sorry for the Atlanta Falcons’ injury-ravaged defense.
The second-year pass rusher makes a good point. Atlanta earned a playoff berth the past two years with a mostly healthy defense, but it’s a different story this ...
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons expect to have running back Devonta Freeman return for Sunday’s game at the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing three games with a sore right knee.
Coach Dan Quinn said Freeman, the team’s leading rusher each of the last three years, would have ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett in a move which could reflect a new injury concern with starter Grady Jarrett.
Jarrett left the final drive of the Falcons’ 37-36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with an ankle injury. Coach Dan Quinn ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are 1-3 and facing another tough challenge this week.
Coach Dan Quinn, in his fourth season, has been in this situation before and still led the Falcons to the playoffs.
“My guess is in December and January we’ll look back on these games ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals had no reason to panic when they trailed the Atlanta Falcons by five points with about four minutes remaining.
That was plenty of time for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his top targets, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are making a bad habit of collapsing in the final moments of games.
They were at it again in Sunday’s 37-36 loss to Cincinnati, allowing Andy Dalton to complete a 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds remaining.
“It’s like just taking ...
Dalton’s late TD pass to Green lifts Bengals over Falcons
ATLANTA (AP) — Watching from the Cincinnati sideline, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick couldn’t stop smiling as he watched Bengals receivers Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green shred the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary on the game-winning drive.
“They went crazy,” Kirkpatrick said. “Watching them do ...
Jaguars’ Smith says he has been involved in 2 errant calls
Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith says he has been involved in two errant calls the last two weeks.
Smith says the NFL notified the team that he shouldn’t have been flagged for leading with his helmet while tackling New England receiver Chris Hogan in Week 2. Then, officials missed a holding ...
Dalton, Bengals to test Falcons defense hit hard by injuries
ATLANTA (AP) — Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel described safety Ricardo Allen’s season-ending torn Achilles tendon as “another devastating blow” to the Atlanta Falcons’ defense.
Unfortunately for the Falcons (1-2), Manuel has made similar comments too often in the first month of the ...
Ridley’s breakout game gives Falcons another big-play threat
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Opposing coaches have a new reason to reconsider making Calvin Ridley the third priority in defensive plans against the Atlanta Falcons’ passing game.
The New Orleans Saints tried that approach last week, devoting extra defensive help to both Julio Jones and ...
Falcons place Allen on season-ending IR with torn Achilles
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed free safety Ricardo Allen on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.
Allen was carted off the field in last Sunday’s overtime loss to New Orleans, becoming the third defensive starter to go down for Atlanta. ...
Falcons dealing with another injury to their defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons lost yet another starter to a season-ending injury Monday.
Yet a team with Super Bowl aspirations is hoping that safety Ricardo Allen’s torn Achilles tendon won’t derail their season.
“We will not play the role of the victim with ...
Drew Brees’ TD run in OT lifts Saints past Falcons 43-37
ATLANTA (AP) — On the day he became the NFL’s career leader in completed passes, Drew Brees’ biggest plays came as a runner.
Brees’ 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open overtime that lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Another injury: Panthers send safety Da’Norris Searcy to IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers continue to struggle with injuries, placing starting safety Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve following his second concussion in five weeks.
Searcy was injured in the team’s 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Panthers (1-1) have not yet ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones says he’s “good” to play against New Orleans on Sunday despite missing his second day of practice with tightness in his calf.
Jones says his absence from practice on Thursday was “just precaution.” He says he “felt some ...
Dalton, Bengals look to stay unbeaten against Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Bengals have their offense revving in high gear.
Cincinnati has put up 34 points in back-to-back games to open the season, although quarterback Andy Dalton said they haven’t played a perfect game.
“We left some stuff out there,” Dalton said. “We can ...
Falcons wary of defending Saints’ ‘maestro’ Drew Brees
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons may be a step ahead of the New Orleans Saints in the search for balance on offense.
That’s not enough to make Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel rest easy. The Saints have Drew Brees, and the veteran quarterback’s guile is enough to make any ...
Julio Jones joins Falcons’ long list of injured players
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Wide receiver Julio Jones, held out of practice with a calf injury, has joined the Atlanta Falcons’ long list of injured players.
Falcons G Levitre (triceps) out for season, 3rd player down
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have lost offensive guard Andy Levitre to a season-ending triceps injury, the third player to go down with a major injury in the first two weeks of the season.
Falcons G Levitre (triceps) out for season, 3rd player down
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have lost offensive guard Andy Levitre to a season-ending triceps injury, the third starter to go down in the first two weeks of the season.
Levitre left Sunday’s victory over the Carolina Panthers with what was initially described as an elbow ...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons disputed a report that running back Devonta Freeman will be out for as long as three weeks with a knee injury.
Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Freeman is listed as day to day.
Freeman injured his right knee in a Week 1 loss to the ...
Titans sign receiver Nick Williams, waive 2 players
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have signed wide receiver Nick Williams and have waived receiver Cameron Batson and tight end Anthony Firkser.
Williams was with the Titans through the offseason and training camp. He has 22 games of NFL experience with 28 catches for 263 ...
Panthers coach Rivera won’t tolerate ‘lazy’ play on defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is still fuming about his team’s performance, saying he won’t tolerate laziness on defense following his team’s 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Carolina’s eighth-year head coach was upset after watching his normally stingy defense allow ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Carolina Panthers somehow found a way to have a last-gasp chance to beat the Atlanta Falcons after twice trailing by 14 points in the second half.
Welcome back to the NFC South. It shaping up to be another entertaining race.
Playing without injured running back ...
Panthers’ Moore has a day to remember _ both good and bad
ATLANTA (AP) — D.J. Moore had a day to remember.
Both good and bad.
Carolina’s first-round pick had the first catch — and touchdown — of his fledgling NFL career when he hauled in a 51-yard scoring pass from Cam Newton ...
Ryan shines with arm and legs, Falcons beat Panthers 31-24
ATLANTA (AP) — The quarterback took off running, only to find three defenders waiting for him at the goal line.
No problem. He simply ran right over them.
Nope, Matt Ryan.
Ryan threw a pair of scoring passes, which wasn’t all that unusual, and also ran for two ...
Falcons RB Freeman (knee) out for Sunday’s game vs Carolina
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be missing another key starter for Sunday’s game against Carolina.
Two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman was ruled out after missing the entire week of practice with a knee injury, another blow to a team that was already reeling ...
Panthers without 3 starting offensive linemen vs Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be without three starting offensive linemen when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera has ruled out three-time Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner this week because of a concussion. The team previously placed left tackle ...
Panthers, Falcons look to make early statement in NFC South
ATLANTA (AP) — One season after the NFC South sent three teams to the playoffs, the division may be just as deep.
The Atlanta Falcons know they can’t afford to fall too far behind in the division as they prepare to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Atlanta made the playoffs at 10-6 in ...
Falcons’ Devonta Freeman again held out of practice
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was held out of practice again, leaving his status uncertain for Sunday’s game against Carolina.
Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday he’ll know more about Freeman’s status on Friday.
Tevin Coleman would start if ...
Falcons jarred by season-opening loss, 2 major injuries
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons came into the season with such high expectations.
Then, a jarring dose of reality.
As if a carbon-copy loss in Week 1 wasn’t bad enough, two significant injuries on defense have left this team reeling as it prepares for Sunday’s home ...
Packers put Trevor Davis on IR, claim CB Burton off waivers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have placed receiver and return man Trevor Davis on injured reserve, and claimed cornerback Deante Burton off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.
Davis missed the season opener against ...
Falcons place Pro Bowl LB Deion Jones on IR with foot injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve on Tuesday, taking a second 2017 Pro Bowler from the defense in less than a week.
The move with Jones comes after coach Dan Quinn on Friday
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons’ offense went to great lengths during the offseason to improve in the red zone.
So much for that after Week 1.
The Falcons were held to 12 points in last week’s loss, scoring just one touchdown in five trips inside the Philadelphia ...