5 things every Falcons fan needs to know today

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 27: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s everything you need to know about the 3-0 Falcons, who face the Houston Texans (1-2) at 1  p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome, this morning:

  1. The team returns to practice after a day off. They’ll have a morning walk-through before coach Dan Quinn meets with the media at 12:05 p.m. The team will return to field for practice at 1:05 p.m. Quarterback Matt Ryan and defensive coordinator Richard Smith will also talk with the media today. Ryan during open locker room and Smith after practice. The Falcons signed tight end Mickey Shuler and released tackle Tyler Polumbus. Jake Long will slide up the depth chart to the No. 3 tackle spot.
  2. The Falcons are 3-0 and face a Houston Texans team that likes to get physical. Defensive end J.J. Watt, who had 20.5 sacks last season, sets the tone for the Texans. The offensive linemen, who have turned in a solid three games, will be very popular today. Tackles Ryan Schraeder and Jake Matthews should bet plenty of media action.
  3. When the team takes the field, we’ll be looking for the walking wounded. Returner Devin Hester (turf toe), linebacker Brooks Reed (groin), linebacker Paul Worrilow (calf) and running back Tevin Coleman (fractured rib). Worrilow didn’t look healthy against the Cowboys and was a liability. He needs to heal.
  4. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones doesn’t talk until Thursday, but we’ll check in with him to see how his hamstring is doing. It looked just fine on his 45-yard touchdown run. There’s an interesting piece by Yahoo! Business Insider writer Scott Davis on how the Falcons have turned Jones into a force after he signed his $71 million contract extension.
  5. We started The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s NFL Power rankings on Tuesday and our Michael Cunningham has the Falcons ranked pretty high.

STORIES ON THE TEXANS

Texans cut kicker Randy Bullock, sign kicker Nick Novak

Arian Foster held a charity event on Tuesday and raised $125,000

Houston Chronicle

3-3 start should be Texans’ goal (B. Smith)

Texans’ retooled offensive line comes through (J. McClain)

Texans report: Novak among kickers undergoing tryout (A. Wilson)

Texans coach Bill O’Brien on Ryan Mallett: ‘I thought his mechanics were better’ (A. Wilson)

Texans expand fullback Jay Prosch’s role in win over Buccaneers (A. Wilson)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov discuss what’s led to Julio Jones’ big numbers, the Falcons’ first half struggles and the challenges ahead against the Texans on Sunday.

COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 39, Cowboys 28

Falcons 39, Cowboys 28 — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 39-28 win over the Cowboys

Mark Bradley’s short takes: Julio, Freeman and the defense

Devonta Freeman is catalyst for Falcons run game

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons had to say after beating Dallas

Julio Jones does it again: 12 catches, 164 yards and two touchdowns

Mark Bradley column: A dominant half shows what he Falcons could be

Offensive line cracked the run-game code

Ryan directed second-half fireworks show

Beasley help lead resurgence on defense

Where’s Falcons wide receiver Roddy White?


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