FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are five things you need to know Tuesday about the Falcons (6-5), who play at Tampa Bay (5-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
2. MATT RYAN RADIO SHOW: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has his radio show on 680 The Fan this morning at 11:30 a.m. He’ll try to keep it pretty boring and in the middle of the road. He’ll likely talk about how he can’t wait to get back to practice on Wednesday.
3. FLY WITH THE FALCONS: Some Falcons will work as customer service reps for Southwest Airlines at the Airport today. Players will assist employees by taking boarding passes and playing trivia at 11:30 a.m.
4. QUINN HAS RESPECT FOR RICHT: Falcons coach Dan Quinn, a former SEC defensive coordinator, took note of the Georgia coaching situation. Quinn was Florida’s defensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012 and was 0-2 against the Bulldogs. “I have a lot of respect for Mark in terms of the program that he runs,” Quinn said. “The toughness that they have. Yeah, I was glad to see he’ll go through the bowl. I have to see who they play. He’s certainly somebody who has my respect.”
5. FREEMAN SET TO RETURN: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been cleared from the concussion protocol by the independent doctors. He’s expected to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Dan Quinn, Matt Ryan & Roddy White all spoke after the Falcons’ 20-10 loss to the Vikings. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome.
MINNESOTA GAME COVERAGE — Vikings 20, Falcons 10
FROM THE FIRST MEETING — TAMPA BAY GAME COVERAGE — Bucs 23, Falcons 20 in OT