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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

GAME STORY: Jay Cutler’s aerial attack leads Bears over Falcons, 27-13

COLUMN: Mark Bradley — The 2-4 Falcons stand revealed as a house of cards

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]

REPORT CARD: Falcons’ offense is broken, defense is confused

  • 9:57 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons turned in an absolutely pitiful performance and appear headed for another losing season.

“Our young players, our old players have all contributed to this, and we have to get it fixed, and nothing is off the table in regards to what we have to do to be better,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

The Falcons dropped to 2-4 after they couldn’t move the ball against a middle-of-the-pack Chicago defense that was playing without its starting linebackers. There were no Wilbur Marshall or Fridge Perry sightings at the Dome.

The offense is fractured and the defense continued to hemorrhage yards as they [More]

Donate old phones to help victims of Domestic Violence today

  • 11:00 am Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Fans attending today’s game against the Chicago Bears can help Georgia’s domestic violence victims by donating their old wireless phones to Verizon’s Hopleline program at the Falcons Landing outside of the Georgia Dome starting at 2:25 p.m.

Verizon Wireless volunteers will be at the Hopeline Tent on Falcons Landing collecting used phones before the game.

This is the 11th consecutive year Verizon Wireless is teaming up with the Falcons’ to support victims of domestic violence.

All phones collected during the drive will be used to support Georgia-based DV organizations and survivors.

Through HopeLine, no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories [More]

Q&A: Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman

  • 5:40 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has the team off to a 2-3 record this season.

They lost to Buffalo, Green Bay and Carolina. They have victories, both on the road, over San Francisco and the New York Jets. The Falcons (2-3) host the Bears at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

He spoke with the Atlanta media via conference call on Wednesday.

Here’s what Trestman had to say:

Q: How did you all drop the game in Charlotte after building a 21-7 lead?

A: There are a lot of different ways to lose and we’ve moved on to Atlanta. [More]

Q&A: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

  • 4:49 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has the team off to a 2-3 record this season.

He’s completing 68.1 percent of his passes and has thrown 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

He spoke with the Atlanta media via conference call on Wednesday.

Here’s what Cutler had to say:

Q: How has the Chicago Bears’ offense been performing this season?

A: We’ve been a little bit up and down. We just have to play with a little more consistency. We’ve had a lot of turnovers and penalties. That really hurt us in the Carolina game.

Q: What was the turning point in the Carolina [More]

Cover 9@9: We have some football drama in the Branch

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 8th, 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. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. WHO’S ON THE HOT SEAT?: Although HBO’s Hard Knocks cameras have left, it appears that we have some real football drama in Flowery Branch.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnists Mark Bradley and Jeff Schultz have both  discussed the job security of head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in the wake of the team’s [More]

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