5 things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday

October 23, 2016 Atlanta: The Falcons cheerleaders wear throw back uniforms and sport pink for breast cancer awareness while they perform during an NFL football game against the Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com October 23, 2016 Atlanta: in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

October 23, 2016 Atlanta: The Falcons cheerleaders wear throw back uniforms and sport pink for breast cancer awareness while they perform during an NFL football game against the Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com
October 23, 2016 Atlanta: in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons were out in the community spreading a lot of Thanksgiving cheer on their off day.

They’ll return to practice today

The Falcons (6-4) are set to face a desperate Arizona squad, which dropped to 4-5-1 after losing to Minnesota 30-24 on Sunday. The game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Wednesday:

1. Quinn on stretch run. AJC columnist Jeff Schultz spent some time with Falcons head coach Dan Quinn after his Monday chat with the other media darlings. Here’s what Schultz talked to Quinn about.

2. Punter signed. Punter Matt Wile, who played at Michigan, was signed to the 53-man roster by the Falcons on Tuesday. After the 2015 draft, Wile was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent. He was in camp with the Cowboys in 2015.

3. Cardinals have talent. Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney has the best scouting report on the Arizona Cardinals. Freeney played 11 games for the Cardinals last season and helped them reach the NFC Championship game. Freeney, who had eight sacks for the Cardinals last season, said don’t be fooled by the Cardinals’ record. 

 

4. VanGorder back to Georgia. Former Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who was fired by Notre Dame earlier this season, is back at Georgia as an aid to the coaching staff, breaking down film and providing input for game plans. He was the Falcons linebacker’s coach under Bobby Petrino in 2007. He was the defensive coordinator on Mike Smith’s staff from 2008 to 2011.

5. Pro Voting is under way. The Falcons should be well represented at the Pro Bowl this season. The fan voting in underway.

The Falcons face a desperate Cardinals team, so how must Atlanta approach week 12? The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov chat about the game plan for Sunday.

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GAME NINE: Falcons 43, Buccaneers 28

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GAME EIGHT: Falcons 33, Packers 32
 

GAME SEVEN: Chargers 33, Falcons 30 in OT

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6 penalties ‘unacceptable’ for Falcons offensive line

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Matt Ryan’s late-game interception leads to overtime loss

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GAME SIX: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24

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Matt Ryan’s turnovers were costly

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Seattle slows down Falcons’ running backs Freeman, Coleman

Ryan Schraeder, offensive line rebounds in second half

Julio Jones: ‘It was just a missed call’

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Richard Sherman non-commital on pass interference non-call

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GAME FIVE: Falcons 23, Broncos 16

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MARK BRADLEY: The Falcons rock a rookie in the Rockies

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Coleman amassed 163 yards to power the offense

Vic Beasley has breakout game with 3.5 sacks

Kemal Ishmael moved to linebacker, led team in tackles

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Photos: Falcons battle the Broncos

GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33

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Tweetcap: Falcons 48, Panthers 33

Old pro Freeney shows new trick with Falcons

Falcons’ rookie Neal holds on vs. Olsen

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What Dan Quinn had to say after the 48-33 win over the Panthers

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Alford battled; Collins to return

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GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32

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Falcons, Saints protest with unity circle before game

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What Dan Quinn had to say after the 45-32 win over the Saints

What Matt Ryan had to say after the 45-32 win over the Saints

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Keanu Neal makes strong debut for Falcons

Falcons’ Deion Jones runs for glory, not survival, in return home

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GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28

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Trufant’s heads-up play saves the day

Tight ends help to power offense

Weatherspoon plays strong in first start since 2013

Matthews, Schraeder held Mack sack-less

JEFF SCHULTZ: Falcons put on offensive show and win

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GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24

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No sacks for new-look Falcons pass rush

Julio Jones not worried about his ankle injury

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