5 things we learned about the Falcons on Friday



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s what we learned on Friday about the Falcons (5-1), who play the Tennessee Titans (1-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Zach Mettenberger is set to start against the Falcons on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Zach Mettenberger is set to start against the Falcons on Sunday. (Associated Press)

  1.  Metternberger to start. Former Georgia and LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will start against the Falcons. He appeared in seven games last season, starting six. He completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions and had an 84.4 passer rating. He was 0-6 as a starter. Also, wide receiver Harry Douglas (ribs) is out for the Titans.
  2. Trying to be special. After having a punt blocked against the Saints, the Falcons special teams are hoping to rebound against the Titans. They will rally behind punter Matt Bosher, who leads the league with a 50.9 gross average. The have committed nine penalties on special teams, had a punt blocked and missed two field goals. Check out the story on the special teams. You know coordinator Keith Armstrong is hot!!!!
  3. Freestyle Friday. William Moore reported that Freestyle Fridays is on hiatus. He said he was working on writing some lyrics with hopes bringing back a Friday locker room show.
  4. Justin Durant update. He’s probable for the game and is expected to play. Coach Dan Quinn wanted to see if he had any problems with tackling with a brace on his left arm.
  5. Mike Person update. Center Mike Person is also listed as probable and is expected to play. He’s coming back from an ankle injury he suffered against Washington and caused him to miss the Saints’ game.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov preview Falcons-Titans by talking about the Falcons biggest question, the Titans QB situation and what Atlanta can fix this week.

How did the Falcons get to 5-1?

Here’s a look back at the game stories, news and notes from their loss to the Saints (31-21) and their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).

NEW ORLEANS GAME COVERAGE — Saints 31, Falcons 21

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 31-21 loss to the Saints

Saints hand Falcons their first loss — Quarter by Quarter

Matt Ryan: ‘It was a tough night’

5 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ loss

What the Falcons had to say after their 31-21 loss to the Saints

Why didn’t the Falcons feed Freeman? — Mike Check

Falcons flash some of their ugly past — Jeff Schultz column

Falcons-Saints by the numbers

Tweetcap: Falcons flop in New Orleans

WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT

Falcons pull out 25-19 victory over Redskins in OT — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 25-19 win over the Redskins

Alford’s 59-yard interception return saves the day

What the Falcons had to say after the 25-19 win

Ryan, offense struggle with turnovers

Mark Bradley column: The Frenetic Falcons: Five-and-oh-my!

Roddy White hears support from the crowd

15 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ victory

Roddy White: ‘I’ll be a Falcons for life’

Tweetcap: Falcons beat Redskins in OT

TEXANS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 48, Texans 21

How the Falcons hammered the Texans — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 48-21 win over the Texans

Devonta Freeman stars again for the Falcons

What the Falcons had to say after pummeling the Texans

9 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ victory

Jeff Schult’z column: Devonta Freeman, 7 TDs — who didn’t see that coming

Schraeder, Matthews keep Watt in check

Hankerson turns in a 100-yard receiving day (second of his career)

Houston’s J.J. Watt tips hat to the Falcons

Former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle honored during Texans game

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?

GIANTS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 24, Giants 20

Falcons 24, Giants 20 — Quarter by Quarter

5 things we learned from Falcons’ 24-20 win over the Giants

Mark Bradley column — Don’t stop believin’: Dan Quinn’s men are 2-0

A record day for Julio Jones: 13 receptions

Kroy Biermann: ‘We’re a ball-attacking team’

EAGLES GAME COVERAGE — FALCONS 26, EAGLES 24

5 things we learned from Falcons’ upset win over Eagles

Matt Ryan leads Falcons to 26-24 win over the Eagles

Jeff Schultz column: An impressive debut by Quinn’s new Falcons

 


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