Archive for November, 2011

Video: This year’s Green Bay?

CineSport’s Noah Coslov asks the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter about the Falcons slowing the Vikings’ pass rush, and how the team can get on a roll in December.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Julio Jones not sure if he’s playing vs. Vikings

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011.      Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110812 Atlanta – Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the Tennessee game after injuring his hamstring against the Saints, gave us an update on his status via his Twitter account.

Here’s the tweet:

RT @juliojones_11: I don’t know if I’ll be playing this weekend but I’m working everyday so keep praying for me

“The guys that didn’t play in the game have already all worked with our athletic performance staff (Monday) morning,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Rewind: Falcons hold on for key rebound victory

Falcons running back Michael Turner bowls over Tennessee Titans Michael Griffin as he bulls his way through the Titans for a long first down run during 2nd quarter action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back Michael Turner bowls over Tennessee Titans Michael Griffin as he bulls his way through the Titans for a long first down run during 2nd quarter action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

The game that was

 

The Falcons had a chance to rout the Titans, but four drives stalled inside the 20-yard line and two late touchdowns by Tennessee kept things close. Bouncing back from a tough loss to New Orleans, the Falcons held on for a 23-17 victory.

What we learned

1. The no-huddle offense is potent. The Falcons opened the game in their no-huddle offense. After driving 56 yards in five plays, they elected to stay in attack mode. They used Michael Turner as a single running back with wide receivers RoddyWhite, Harry Douglas and Eric Weems, and tight end Tony Gonzalez. With quarterback Matt Ryan calling the plays at the line of scrimmage, they got their blocking assignments correct and dictated some of Tennessee’s pass defenses.

2. Running back Michael Turner is a …

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Roddy White turns in his best game of the season

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White gets past Titans Michael Griffin in the end zone but can't hold on to the pass from Matt Ryan during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White gets past Titans Michael Griffin in the end zone but can't hold on to the pass from Matt Ryan during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

By Chris Vivlamore

 

Roddy White knew things might go his way.

He made the most of them. White caught a season-high 147 yards on seven receptions in Sunday’s 23-17 victory over the Titans.

“I felt that way,” White said of his chances. “You just go through practice really hard and get yourself ready to go Sunday. We did a good job getting me the ball and making some plays.

“Coach said we were going to go out and kind of [out] tempo these guys. Get in and out of the huddle and try to full-court press those guys so we could go out there and get the looks we wanted, execute and throw the ball downfield.”

White was targeted by quarterback Matt Ryan 14 times. It was only his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. He had 140 yards on nine catches against the Buccaneers on Sept. 25. This …

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Video: Falcons bounce back against Titans

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC breaks down the Falcons 23-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Q&A: Smith says team showed maturity in win over Titans

A different week and a different result as Falcons head coach Mike Smith applaudes his team for picking up the first down on a 4th down and 1 attempt against the Titans during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

A different week and a different result as Falcons head coach Mike Smith applaudes his team for picking up the first down on a 4th down and 1 attempt against the Titans during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith was pleased with the victory over Tennessee, but  not with the red zone offense (2 of 6) or the third down defense (8 or 14).  

Here’s what Smith had to say after the Falcons’ 23-17 victory over the Titans on Sunday: 

OPENING STATEMENT: Obviously, we came into this ball game looking to get back on track. That was our number one objective and we got that accomplished. We made it a little bit harder than it needed to be. We have a number of things to address and get fixed. Whether [if] you win by a large amount or you win by one, you always have things that you have to get fixed. It’s a learning process for our team. This team bounced back and they showed their resiliency of a very mature football team.

ON MICHAEL TURNER’S …

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Falcons rebound with 23-17 victory over Titans

Falcons running back Michael Turner bowls over Tennessee Titans Michael Griffin as he bulls his way through the Titans for a long first down run during 2nd quarter action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back Michael Turner bowls over Tennessee Titans Michael Griffin as he bulls his way through the Titans for a long first down run during 2nd quarter action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons went exclusively with their no-huddle offense most of the game against Tennessee, a departure from how they’ve operated all season.

The move didn’t fix their red-zone woes or eliminate penalties, but it allowed them to build a 17-point lead and hold on for a 23-17 victory over the Titans on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons (6-4) picked up half a game on the idle New Orleans Saints (7-3).

“We came into this ballgame looking to get back on track,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “That was our No. 1 objective, and we got that accomplished.”

The Falcons were coming off a tough 26-23 loss to New Orleans in overtime last week after a controversial call by Smith to go for it on a fourth-and-1 play from the Falcons’ 29-year-old failed.

Under Smith, the Falcons are …

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Julio Jones inactive today vs. Titans

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011.      Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110812 Atlanta – Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will not be running through the fire today at the Georgia Dome.

He was de-activated by the Falcons for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

The other inactives are: safety William Moore, cornerback Darrin Walls, center Brett Romberg, left tackle Sam Baker, defensive tackle Carlton Powell and defensive end Cliff Matthews. 

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Video: Playboy playmate Pilar Lastra’s NFL fantasy tips

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Injury report: Moore declared out for Titans’ game

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, left, and safety William Moore, right, tackle Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, left, and safety William Moore, right, tackle Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton fully participated in practice and was listed as probable for the game with the Titans on Friday’s injury report.

Lofton, the Falcons leading tackler, was limited by an ankle injury on Thursday.

Safety William Moore (quadriceps) was declared out of Sunday’s game, while wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) was listed as questionable despite not practicing all week. Tackle Sam Baker (back) was limited in practice and listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Harry Douglas (thigh), defensive end Ray Edwards (knee), cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), running back Antone Smith (knee) and running back Jason Snelling (hamstring) all fully participated in practice and were listed as …

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