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 Friday:
1. Reeves a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee. Dan Reeves, the only coach to take the Falcons to the Super Bowl, made the list of 94 modern-era nominees as a coach candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reeves, who also coached with the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, posted a 190-165-2 record and coached in three Super Bowls. Former Falcons Morten Andersen, Mike Kenn, Chris Hinton and Clay Matthews are also modern-era nominees for the class of 2017. Former University of Georgia players Hines Ward and Terrell Davis are also nominees.
2. Sims’s World Tour. Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims traveled the globe looking to get a shot at professional football before signing with the team down the highway just a bit from his hometown of Gainesville.
3. Growing pains. Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campball struggled in his NFL debut. Maybe there would have been no penalty for pass interference if Campbell had turned his head and looked for the ball. At least Campbell was in position when Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston lofted it down the right sideline to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
4. Bucs showed Freeney much respect. Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney played 25 of the 64 defensive snaps (39 percent) against Tampa Bay. That’s a little more than the Falcons would like to play the 36-year-old veteran each week. But when he was in the game, the Bucs had a back help the tackle and he faced some double-teams.
5. Practice. The Falcons will have a walk-through today before leaving for Oakland.
FINANCIAL CORNER: AJC columnist Jeff Schultz predicted that the Falcons would beat Tampa Bay and cover the three point spread last week. He clearly was unimpressed with the outing and is picking the Raiders to win, but advises you to take the 5 1/2 points.
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