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Q&A: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is a big Matt Ryan fan

  • 2:42 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis is in his franchise-record 12th season as head coach of the Bengals.

He has led the Bengals to the postseason in four of the last five years, including three straight.

Here’s what Lewis had to say when talking to the Atlanta media on Wednesday.

Q: Could talk about how important it was to get that victory over Baltimore in your season-opener on Sunday?

A: I think that the key thing with us when we play for the Ravens is that the team that takes care of the ball the best has generally won the football, particularly in our [More]

Q&A: Bengals WR A.J. Green on facing the Falcons’ secondary

  • 1:07 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green, the former Georgia standout, helped the Bengals pull out a dramatic 23-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens with a 77-yard touchdown catch with 4:58 to play on Sunday.

He spoke with the Atlanta media during a conference call on Wednesday:

Q: Can you walk us through that game-winning touchdown catch you made against Baltimore?

A: It was just a double-go. Andy (Dalton) gave me a good ball. I got by (the defender). I juggled it a little bit, but I was able to contain it and go in for the score.

Q: How big of a [More]

COVER 9@9: NFL has had a domestic violence problem for decades

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – In the wake of the Ray Rice situation, it appears that the NFL is being forced to take domestic violence more seriously.

What took so long?

It has been a problem for the league as far back as the 1960s with Jim Brown’s incidents. Here’s an old column from Jon Saraceno, formerly of USA Today, on the matter back in 2002.

Brown may have been the greatest player of the modern era, but he had a lot of domestic violence issues.

What if there was TMZ back then? Twitter? Would have all of Brown’s incidents been presumably swept under the [More]

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Bengals game

  • 6:07 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their road game against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Falcons cornerback Robert McClain, after his big interception against the Saints, was listed as the No. 1 nickel back. Last week, Josh Wilson was listed as the No. 1 nickel back.

OFFENSE

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 62 James Stone

C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz

RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 76 Lamar Holmes, 68 Gabe Carimi

TE 80 Levine Toilolo, [More]

VIDEO: D. Led: Can Falcons’ defense expose Andy Dalton?

  • 12:06 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Playtime Percentage: Jackson chairman of RB committee

  • 9:40 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s the running back by committee snap-count breakdown:

Running back Steven Jackson played 32 of the 72 offensive snaps (44 percent), Jacquizz Rodgers played 28 snaps (39 percent), Devonta Freeman plays five snaps (seven percent) and Antone Smith played four snaps (six percent).

Here’s breakdown of how the snaps were distributed against the Saints. Wide receiver Eric Weems was the only player who didn’t see any action.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams

NAME               OFFENSE     SPECIAL TEAMS

J Blalock          100%   72           7   23%     G

J Asamoah     100%   72          7 23%       G

J Hawley         100%   72   [More]

REPORT CARD: Ryan carries the Falcons to victory

  • 8:00 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons rallied from a double-digit deficit (13-0 and 20-7) twice and won 37-34 when Matt Ryan tossed the team on his back and carried them to victory against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan was simply dazzling as he dodged defenders, slipped out of the side of the pocket and continued to find his receivers. He completed 31 of 43 passes (72.1 percent), while connecting with nine different receivers.

The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.

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VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons top Saints in opener

  • 10:53 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards, but Matt Bryant’s field goal on the final play of regulation lifted the Falcons over the Saints. The AJC’s D, Orlando Ledbetter reports.

Here are some other highlights from the victory:

–The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.

–Matt Ryan became the Falcons all-time leader in touchdown passes (156) while also setting the franchise record for total passing yards in a single game with 448. Ryan topped QB Chris Chandler’s [More]

Watch: Falcons WR Roddy White on Saints: ‘They’ve got to stop us’

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Roddy White said facing hated division rival New Orleans motivates the Falcons to be sharper in practice.

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