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Q&A: Bucs coach Lovie Smith not looking forward to facing Devin Hester

  • 3:20 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is off to a 0-2 start with his new team.

The Falcons host the Bucs at 8:25 p.m. Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

Here’s what he had to say on Tuesday.

Q: Can you give us an update on Gerald McCoy’s injury situation?

A: He hurt his hand in the game. It’s not looking good for this week. That’s about all that we have.

Q: What do you attribute the 0-2 start to? Not being able to pull out close games?

A: That’s how we are looking at it. You have to crawl before you walk. [More]

VIDEO: D. Led – What to expect as Falcons try to rebound

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov preview Thursday night’s Falcons-Bucs game by talking about Atlanta’s offensive & defensive lines, plus the team’s injuries.

FALCONS DROP TO 1-1 AFTER BENGALS PREVAIL, 24-10

GAME STORY: Falcons manhandled by Bengals in 24-10 loss

 JEFF SCHULTZ: Falcons let everybody see their ugly side

Alford, Falcons get burned by big gamble

Falcons quoteboard from Bengals’ loss

Julio Jones returned after tweaking is foot

Two Bengals who have something to play for

Giovani Bernard set career marks for Bengals

Q&A with Lavonte David: There’s ‘Bad Blood’ between Bucs and Falcons

  • 12:53 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Tampa Bay linebacker Levonta David spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on a conference call on Tuesday.

Here’s what David, the only NFL player with eight-plus sacks and six-plus interceptions over the past two seasons, had to say about facing the Falcons at 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

Q: What impresses you about the Falcons?

A: They have a stable of running backs in the backfield led by Steven Jackson. Matt Ryan is the cornerstone of the team. He’s a great leader to have. We always have to be on top of things when we face the Atlanta Falcons. [More]

Falcons need to use Antone Smith like Eagles use Darren Sproles

  • 9:45 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The NFL is copycat league and the Falcons needs to steal a few pages out of the Eagles playbook and use Antone Smith and/or Devonta Freeman like the Eagles are using Darren Sproles.

The former New Orleans Saint was a terror in space last night against the Colts. He had 11 touches for 178 yards. He had four rushes for 26 yards and caught seven passes for 152 yards.

He powered the Eagles to a 30-27 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, Sproles did get some lovely blocking on those screens.

If the Falcons can make those blocks, Antone Smith [More]

Prized-rookie Jake Matthews expects to play against Tampa Bay

  • 8:24 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews (left ankle sprain) said he’s expecting to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

He was a limited participant in practice on Monday. Falcons coach Mike Smith said he expects Matthews to fully participate in practice on Tuesday.

“It went well,” Matthews said. “It was nice to go out there and do some stuff with the guys. It’s something that is going to take time and a lot more healing, but I was excited to get out there. It’s getting better every day. I’m a little excited for [More]

REPORT CARD: Ryan had one of his worst games

  • 7:05 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CINCINNATI — Falcons coach Mike Smith was correct this week when he concluded that his team was beat in all phases of the game, including coaching.

The Bengals, with their average quarterback, mauled the Falcons with a ferocious running game and an unrelenting defense.

It was like the old days in Cincinnati back in 1988 when running back James Brooks (981 yards, 8 TDs) provided the lightning and Ickey Woods (1,066 yards, 15 TDs) the thunder.

Giovani Bernard handled the lightning and Jeremy Hill, the former LSU standout, was the thunder back as the Bengals grinded their way to 170 yard on 45 [More]

VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons mauled by Bengals

  • 12:44 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CINCINNATI — Here are some Falcon notes:

–WR Julio Jones finished with a game-high seven receptions for 88 yards with one touchdown. In 11 career games against AFC opponents, Jones has recorded 61 receptions, 949 yards, and seven touchdowns, while averaging 15.5 yards per catch.

–WR Roddy White caught five passes for 42 yards, improving his franchise record streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 114. He has pulled down at least five receptions in seven straight games dating back to last season.

–QB Matt Ryan and White have combined for 530 completions which is the most between any quarterback [More]

Roddy White believes NFL, Goodell botched the Rice investigation

  • 12:00 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to twitter to encourage NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to admit he “messed up” the Ray Rice domestic violence investigation.

White, who goes by @RoddyWhiteTV, later deleted his tweets.

Rodger should just come out and say we messed up and drop the ball on this one but he won’t to much pride and it’s a lot of that in the nfl

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 10, 2014

I must say the nfl does have ridiculous resources I remember coming out in the 05 draft they knew everything about my family history scary

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) [More]

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]

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