FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons (0-1) are set to face the Oakland Raiders (1-0) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at the O.CO (Oakland-Alameda County) Coliseum.
Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Thursday:
1. 2 Billion dollar operation. Eighteen NFL teams are more valuable than the Falcons, according to Forbes magazine. The Falcons are 19th of 32 teams, with a value of $2.13 billion. That is lower than the NFL average of $2.34 billion. Owner Arthur Blank paid $545 million for the Falcons in 2002.
2. No-huddle blues continues. Everyone knows that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan runs the no-huddle offense better than most quarterbacks in the league. However, the Falcons have not plans to use the no-huddle more. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he likes for his offense to play at a fast tempo occasionally as a change-of-pace during a drive. However, Quinn said he doesn’t believe his personnel is equipped for using a no-huddle attack extensively. “We don’t see it as a featured way where, every play, we are no huddle,” Quinn said Wednesday. “We wouldn’t be able to play in a style that would best suit our guys. That said, we do like going in and out of that speed. That stresses the defense a lot. We did that some last week and it’s something we’d like to be able to do (in the future).”
3. Matchup corner. The Falcons plan to have cornerback Desmond Trufant shadow Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper when they are in man-to-man coverage.
4. Hageman mum on arrest. Falcons defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman was reluctant to discuss his arrest that resulted in three misdemeanor domestic violence related charges.
5. Beasley update. Quinn said that he’s not worried about Vic Beasley’s confidence after he didn’t record a tackle over 39 snaps against Tampa Bay.
As the Falcons prepare for the Raiders, the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov look at the issues facing the team and the biggest concerns this week in Oakland.
ATLANTA FALCONS OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART
WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 14 Eric Weems
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton
LG 67 Andy Levitre, 68 Mike Person
C 51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland
RG 65 Chris Chester, 71 Wes Schweitzer
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 76 Tom Compton
TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 81 Austin Hooper, 80 Levine Toilolo, 82 Joshua Perkins
WR 12 Mohamed Sanu, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 18 Taylor Gabriel
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco
DE 50 Brooks Reed, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 93 Dwight Freeney
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 90 Derrick Shelby
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 91 Courtney Upshaw
DE 94 Tyson Jackson, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman
LB 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 41 Philip Wheeler
LB 45 Deion Jones, 55 Paul Worrilow, 53 LaRoy Reynolds
LB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 56 Sean Weatherspoon
CB 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin
CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 34 Brian Poole
S 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie
S 36 Kemal Ishmael, 38 Dashon Goldson, 22 Keanu Neal
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 26 Tevin Coleman, 14 Eric Weems
PR 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24