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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

Stone to start at center vs. Lions

  • 7:12 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Rookie James Stone will start for Falcons at center. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)

LONDON — Undrafted rookie James Stone will start at center for the Falcons against the Lions on Sunday, according to coach Mike Smith

Stone, 6-foot-3, 291 pounds, will become the third starting center this season. He follows Joe Hawley and Peter Konz, who both suffered season-ending knee injuries.

Hawley was injured against Minnesota on Sept. 28.Konz was injured in last week’s lost to the Baltimore Ravens and was placed on injured reserve.

Stone played 45 games at Tennessee and started 39 times. He was named to the Dave Rimington watch list last season.

For the second consecutive season, the Falcons have been ravaged by [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons must take Edwards’ advice: ‘Play to win the game’

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons from the Hometown Huddle to who blew that coverage against the Bears. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. THE 2002 NEW YORK JETS: The Falcons have to channel the spirit of the 2002 New York Jets in order to save their season.

This was the season that coach Herman Edwards gave his famous “You play to win the game” speech [More]

Watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones on drops: ‘I’m supposed to catch everything’

  • 12:26 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Julio Jones talks about his dropped passes against the Bears and how teams have made adjustments to defend him.

COVER 9@9: Secondary to have hands full with Steve Smith, Torrey Smith

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the causes of the Falcons’ three-game losing streak, and whether Atlanta can end the skid in Baltimore.

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons from the Hometown Huddle to who blew that coverage against the Bears. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. STOPPING THE SMITHS: The Falcons young secondary, which had a tough time with Chicago’s Brandon [More]

FILM REVIEW: Blown coverage on the 74-yard bomb

  • 3:23 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – After Falcons coach Mike Smith ripped the media for not knowing the coverage call on the 74-yard pass play, we decided to take a closer look at the play.

“Miscommunication, a mental error, missed leverage or missed tackle lead to explosive plays,” Smith said. “There is a design to every defensive call. Everybody has to be seeing it the same way.

“We were not as nearly as clean as we needed to be. I don’t want to talk about specific plays, nor will I talk about specific players. What you see on tape, unless you know what the play [More]

Playtime chart: Biermann’s snaps are decreasing

  • 11:03 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons running back Antone Smith’s playing time increased by five percent against the Bears.

He played 11 of 56 snaps (20 percent). He played 11 of 72 of the offensive snaps (15 percent) against the Giants.

Prince Shembo, who started the two previous games, didn’t play from scrimmage. Apparently, the Falcons thought Joplo Bartu was a better matchup against Chicago running back Matt Forte.

The Falcons have started to cut Kroy Biermann’s snaps. He played 42 of 73 snaps (58 percent) against the Bears. He played 68 percent against the Giants and 75 percent against the Vikings.

Justin Blalock returned after missing a game [More]

VIDEO: D. Led — Falcons beaten at bome by Bears

  • 10:23 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons’ offense struggled again as they fell to the Chicago Bears 27-13 on Sunday. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome.

NEXT UP: The Falcons (2-4) play the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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Cutler makes Falcons pay, especially on third down

Another big-play touchdown for Falcons RB Antone Smith

Falcons big-name offense misfires amid seven dropped passes

PHOTO GALLERY: Chicago Bears [More]

10 longest plays — Bears repeatedly gashed Falcons

  • 10:19 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Ten Longest Plays for Chicago Bears vs the Atlanta Falcons

Here’s the 10-longest plays chart for the Bears against the Falcons defense.

YARDS   — QT —  PLAY START  — PLAY DESCRIPTION

74 yards –   3rd QT –  2 down-10 yards-CHI 20 (6:14)  —       J.Cutler pass deep right to A.Jeffery to ATL 6 for 74 yards (K.Ishmael).

47 yards –   2 – 3-6-50 (7:04) (Shotgun) J.Cutler pass deep left to B.Marshall to ATL 3 for 47 yards (R.Alford).

26 yards – 2 –1-10-CHI 7 (4:06) E.Britton reported in as eligible. J.Cutler pass deep right to A.Jeffery pushed ob at CHI 33 for 26 yards [More]