5 things every Falcons fans needs to know Friday



FLOWERY BRANCH — Here are five things you need to know Friday about the Falcons (6-5), who play at Tampa Bay (5-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green, center, flanked by current players Joey Mbu, left, and Vic Beasley Jr., reads to students at Parkside Elementary in Atlanta. MARLON A. WALKER/marlon.walker@ajc.com

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green, center, flanked by current players Joey Mbu, left, and Vic Beasley Jr., reads to students at Parkside Elementary in Atlanta. MARLON A. WALKER/marlon.walker@ajc.com

1. PRACTICE TODAY:  The Falcons have a morning practice that starts at 10:25 a.m. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will talk with the media after practice. He’ll probably have an update on wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring), while the Devin Hester (turf toe) and Matt Bryant (quad) decisions may go into the evening and could leak into Saturday. Hester is expecting to play.

2. THE REAL McCOY HOPES TO PLAY: Tampa Bay’s All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had left hand surgery and did not practice on Thursday. He leads the Bucs with seven sacks. McCoy hopes to play according to Roy Cummings on the Tampa Tribune.

3. DEVONTA FREEMAN’S BACK: Falcons running back Devonta Freeman appears set to carry the full load on Sunday against the Bucs. 

4. THE TOP 50 COUNTDOWN: Former Falcons quarterback Chris Chandler, the only QB to take the team to a Super Bowl, landed in the 22nd spot.

5. READING PROJECT:

MINNESOTA GAME COVERAGE — Vikings 20, Falcons 10

5 things we learned from the 20-10 loss to the Vikings

What the Falcons had to say after the loss

12 comments from Dan Quinn on the Falcons’ loss

Ryan goes into detail about his interceptions

Quarter-by-Quarter: How the Falcons lost 20-10 to the Vikings

White feels team got complacent after 5-0 start

Falcons rookie Coleman fumbles again

Falcons defense pulling its weight

Falcons fans jeer Ryan after his second interception

FROM THE FIRST MEETING — TAMPA BAY GAME COVERAGE — Bucs 23, Falcons 20 in OT

5 things we learned in the Falcons’ 23-20 loss to the Bucs

How the Falcons lost to the Bucs in OT

10 comments from Dan Quinn after the loss to the Bucs

Adams disagreed with overtime pass interference call

Matt Ryan’s miscues help to gift the Bucs’ 20 points

QUOTEBOARD: What the Falcons were saying after the 23-20 loss to the Bucs

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston bests his role model: ‘Mr. Ryan’

Falcons defense holds up, but forces no turnovers

Falcons rallied behind wide receiver Julio Jones

Bucs rookie linebacker Alexander dedicates win to


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