Falcons vs Saints NFL Week 3 Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Dan Quinn: 0-2 Sean Payton: 14-4
LAST WEEK W 35-28 at Oakland L 16-13 at New York Giants
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Saints 20 at Falcons 17. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 323 yards & TD. Saints K Kai Forbath converts GW 30-yard FG as time expires.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/15/15: Saints 31, Falcons 21. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 312 yards & TD. Saints TE Benjamin Watson has 10 receptions for 127 yards & TD.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Brady Poppinga (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Atl), 81 (NO). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Atl), 225 (NO).


PASSING Matt Ryan: 53-73-730 (2L)-5 (T2L)-1-121.4 (1L) Drew Brees: 57-86-686-5 (T2L)-0-109.9
RUSHING Devonta Freeman: 28-113-4.0-0 Mark Ingram: 21-88-4.2-0
RECEIVING Jacob Tamme (TE): 11-126-11.5-1 Willie Snead: 14 (T3L)-226 (2L)-16.1-2
OFFENSE 451.0 (1L) 397.5
DEFENSE 412.5 451.5
SACKS Vic Beasley: 1 Cameron Jordan, Michael Mauti: 1
INTs Desmond Trufant: 1
PUNTING Matt Bosher: 40.6 Thomas Morstead: 53.1 (3L)
KICKING Matt Bryant: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/5 FG Will Lutz (R): 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/7 FG)


SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has 61,589 career pass yards & surpassed HOFer DAN MARINO (61,361) for 3rd-most all-time. Aims for 5th in row vs. Atl with 300+ pass yards. Has 300+ pass yards & 3+ TDs in 4 of past 5 on Monday night…RB MARK INGRAM had 2 rush TDs in last home meeting…WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for 7th in row at home with TD catch. Averaging 123.5 rec. yards per game in past 4 at home. WR WILLIE SNEAD leads team with 226 rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards or TD…DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 sacks & FF in past 2 meetings. Had sack last week. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON led team with 13 tackles in Week 2. Has 10+ tackles in both games in 2016. LB MICHAEL MAUTI had sack & FF vs. NYG. S KENNY VACCARO recorded 9 tackles & FF last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN passed for 334 yards & 2 TDs for 103.2 rating in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. NO with 100+ rating. Threw for 396 yards & 3 TDs last week…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 100 yards & TD with 8 receptions for 56 yards & TD in last meeting at NO. RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD in Week 2.…WR JULIO JONES had 9 catches for 149 yards in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 meetings. Has 499 rec. yards (166.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 on Monday night. WR JUSTIN HARDY had TD catch last week. WR ERIC WEEMS had 73-yard PR in Week 2. TE JACOB TAMME had 75 rec. yards & TD in Week 2…DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had sack in last meeting at NO. LB VIC BEASLEY had sack last week. S DASHON GOLDSON had 35-yard INT-TD in last game vs. NO (11/15/15 with Was). S KEMAL ISHMAEL led team with 15 tackles in Week 2.

Falcons Outlast Raiders 35-28 To Improve to 1-1

Atlanta Falcons v Oakland Raiders

Justin Hardy caught a deflected 8-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28 on Sunday.

Matt Ryan threw three TD passes, but got a little lucky on the go-ahead one in the fourth quarter. His third-down throw to Tevin Coleman was broken up, but the ball bounced high in the air and Hardy caught it in the end zone to put Atlanta (1-1) up 28-21.

The Raiders (1-1) appeared to have tied the game on the next drive when Amari Cooper caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

But officials ruled Cooper went out of bounds voluntarily before making the catch, although the Raiders contended he was pushed by Desmond Trufant.

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio then decided to go for it on fourth-and-2, but Jalen Richard was stopped on a 1-yard gain.

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Falcons Fall Flat in Opener; Fall to Bucs at Home 31-24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons

Dirk Koetter got a game ball after his debut as an NFL head coach.

Jameis Winston made it all possible.

The second-year quarterback bounced back from an early interception to throw four touchdowns passes, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-24 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons in a season-opening matchup between NFC South rivals.

“Good guys win,” quipped Koetter , still dripping with Gatorade after a victory splashing. “Let’s do it 15 more times this year.”

That might be far-fetched, but at least the Bucs can boast of a winning record for the first time since the 2012 season, when they started 6-4.

Winston presented his new coach with the game ball.

“It was very important that we made him feel the moment was special, not only for him but for us,” the quarterback said.

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Buccaneers at Falcons NFL Week One Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Dirk Koetter: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-2
LAST GAME 12/06/15: Falcons 19 at Buccaneers 23. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston passes for 227 yards with TD & adds rush TD. Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushes for 95 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/01/15: Buccaneers 23, Falcons 20 (OT). Tampa Bay K Connor Barth kicks GW 31-yard FG in OT. Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has pass TD & rush TD.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Holly Sonders (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (TB), 84 (Atl). XM: 387 (TB), 227 (Atl).

2015 STATS

PASSING Jameis Winston: 312-535-4042-22-15-84.2 Matt Ryan: 407-614-4591-21-16-89.0
RUSHING Doug Martin: 288-1402 (2L)-4.9-6 Devonta Freeman: 264-1061-4.0-11 (T1L)
RECEIVING Mike Evans: 74-1206-16.3-3 Julio Jones: 136 (T1L)-1871 (1L)-13.8-8
OFFENSE 375.9 374.1
DEFENSE 340.4 347.6
SACKS Robert Ayers (NYG): 9.5 Dwight Freeney (Az.): 8
INTs Brent Grimes (Mia.): 4 Ricardo Allen: 3
PUNTING Bryan Anger (Jax.): 46.3 Matt Bosher: 47.2
KICKING Roberto Aguayo (R) (Pre.): 31 (7/8 PAT; 8/10 FG) Matt Bryant: 68 (26/26 PAT; 14/18 FG)


BUCCANEERS: DIRK KOETTER makes debut as TB head coach…QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 4,042 yards in 2015 & was 3rd rookie in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards. Became 1 of 3 rookies in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards (4,042), 20+ pass TDs (22) & 5+ rush TDs (6)…RB DOUG MARTIN ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,402 rush yards & was 4th in NFL with 1,673 scrimmage yards. Has 455 scrimmage yards (91 per game) & 4 TDs in 5 career games vs. Atl…WR MIKE EVANS had career-high 74 catches & 1,206 rec. yards last year. WR VINCENT JACKSON has 75+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 vs. Atl. Has 1,000+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5 seasons…LB LAVONTE DAVID had 3rd most tackles (147) in NFL last year. Has 9+ tackles in 5 of past 6 vs. Atl. Since 2013, is only NFL player with 400+ tackles (437), 10+ sacks (11) & 5+ INTs (8). DT GERALD MC COY had 8.5 sacks in 2015, 5th most among NFL DTs. Has 3 consecutive seasons with 8.5+ sacks. CB BRENT GRIMES makes debut with TB. Has 4+ INTs in 5 of past 7 seasons…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN had 4,591 pass yards last season, his 5th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Passed for 21 TDs in 2015, his 7th consecutive 20+ TD season. Franchise leader in career pass yards (32,757), comp. (2,915), TD passes (202), rating (90.9) & 300-yard pass games (35)…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN led NFL RBs with 14 TDs (11 rush, 3 rec.) last season. Ranked 5th in NFL with 1,634 scrimmage yards (1,056 rush, 578 rec.) in 2015…WR JULIO JONES tied for NFL lead with 136 catches last year, tied for 2nd most in season in NFL history. Became 3rd player in NFL history with 125+ receptions (136) and 1,700+ rec. yards (1,871) in season (MARVIN HARRISON, 2002 & ANTONIO BROWN, 2015)…DE DWIGHT FREENEY makes debut with Atl. Led Az. last season with 8 sacks. Ranks 4th in NFL since 2002 with 119.5 sacks. LB VIC BEASLEY had 5 sacks in 2015, tied for 5th most among NFL rookies. LB PAUL WORRILOW led team with 95 tackles last season. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 44 PD since entering NFL in 2013, 3rd most in NFL.

Aldrick Robinson Impressing Falcons Teammates With Explosiveness

Aldrick Robinson

Aldrick Robinson was drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but never really got a chance to show what he can do because the Redskins had quite a few talented players at the position and couldn’t give Robinson a lot of playing time. After becoming a free agent this year, Robinson decided to sign with the Atlanta Falcons, who have a need at the receiver position. Because of how unproven he is, Robinson’s signing won’t have a significant impact on the Falcons NFL betting odds, but it could if he has a big season.

Mohammed Sanu, one of Robinson’s new teammates, was very impressed with what he saw from the fifth year veteran during training camp, that’s why he wasn’t surprised to see Robinson make explosive plays during their preseason game against the Redskins.

Despite the big plays Robinson made in the game, we will still need to see a bigger sample size before we can tell if it was just him being excited to go up against his former team or if he has really progressed that much since he signed with the Falcons.

Sanu told reporters after the game that from what he has seen Robinson do during training camp, Robinson is going to have an impact this season because he is a phenomenal player. Sanu said Robinson was very tentative at first, but he has become increasingly aggressive when running routes, and has significantly improved his game.

Sanu added that Robinson’s has great hands and is so fast that his teammates call him “gas,” because he is just too fast.

Against the Redskins, Robinson had a 68-yard reception to set up a touchdown and a 47 yarder that set up a field goal, which also impressed quarterback Matt Ryan. During the offseason, the Falcons lost receiver Roddy White, who holds most franchise receiving records, and signed Sanu as a replacement. If Robinson continues playing well, he might take the second receiver job from Sanu, or become the team’s third receiver.

Fellow receiver Justin Hardy said Robinson is one of those players that show up to camp ready to perform. Hardy also said seeing Robinson blow past defenders twice for big gains gives the team another deep threat to compliment Julio Jones, which will cause a lot of matchup problems for defenses if he keeps it going during the regular season.

Jones told reporters he also feels Robinson can be a big play receiver for the Falcons this season. When Robinson was told what Jones said, he echoed the Pro Bowler’s sentiments.

Despite all the glowing reviews Robinson got from teammates after their game against the Redskins, it is still too early to know what type of impact he will have on the team until we see how he performs the rest of the preseason.

If Robinson performs well, he will have a spot on the team’s final roster and could even become a starter, but if he doesn’t, he could be cut and signed to the practice roster like he was with the Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens last season.

However, from what we have heard out of the Falcon’s camp so far, Robinson is all but assured a spot on the team.

Josh Norman Has Nothing But Respect For Julio Jones

Julio Jones

As members of the NFC South, Josh Norman and Julio Jones played against each other twice a year and had a healthy rivalry between each other. Now that Norman is with the Washington Redskins, the two won’t be seeing a lot of each other, bringing an end to one of the most interesting matchups in the NFL. After a midseason collapse last year, the Falcons are trying to make it back to the playoffs, but they likely won’t be making any Super Bowl betting predictions this season.

Unlike Norman’s rivalry with New York’s Odell Beckham Jr., which turned very ugly last season, Norman’s rivalry with Jones was a very respectful one. After the preseason game between the Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, Norman and Jones, who didn’t get any playing time during the game, huddled together at midfield after the game to catch up.

Norman told reporters that competition breeds greatness, and he has a lot of respect for Jones, whom he called a great receiver. Norman said he respects and admires Jones’ work ethic and his approach to the game. The defensive back said he had to let Jones know after the game and tell him to continue playing the game the right way.

Norman, who is known for his flamboyant style and his mouth, called himself the best cornerback in the NFL last season before a game against the Falcons. Using a reference from the movie Jerry Maguire, Norman said Jones “completes” him when it comes to the ultimate challenge.

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Falcons 38-0 in that game, and Jones finished with seven catches for 88 yards. In the second meeting of the season, the Falcons got revenge, defeating the Panthers 20-13, handing Carolina its first and only loss of the regular season. Jones finished that game with nine catches for a season high 178 yards.

During the 2014 season, Norman held Jones to 10 catches for 107 and no touchdowns in their two meetings.

The Redskins and Falcons aren’t scheduled to play each other this season, which means fans won’t get to watch what has been a very competitive matchup between two great players. However, since Norman will be playing in the NFC East this year, the fans will get to see a continuation of the bitter rivalry between Norman and Beckham.

During the meeting between the Panthers and Giants last year, the matchup between Beckham and Norman was very intense and physical. Norman seemed to have gotten inside Beckham’s head, causing the receiver to give in to his frustrations during the game. After the game, the bad blood between the two continued, and once Norman announced he had signed with the Redskins, NFL fans immediately penciled in the dates the two will meet on their calendars.

After a successful season in which they made the playoffs, the Redskins are hoping to make a deep playoff run this season, and would love nothing more than to prevent the Giants from making the playoffs, so expect things to get very physical when they play each other.

The war of words have already begun as Beckham recently told reporters that he made Norman relevant. Norman countered by telling Beckham that a catch made him relevant.

If you enjoy physical football, get your popcorn ready when the Giants and Redskins play this year.

Falcons Come to Terms with Veteran DE Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney

The Falcons thought enough of their visit with longtime Colts DE Dwight Freeney to ink him to a deal, one that was official after the veteran chose to come play for Atlanta over the Bengals.

“We didn’t bring him here to coach,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday morning. “We brought him in to rush.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler visited both teams in May, while holding out hope that the Cardinals would reciprocate his interest in a reunion.

Signed off the street in mid-October last season, Freeney was a revelation in Arizona, using his trademark spin move to rack up a team-leading eight sacks in just 11 games. That campaign brought his total numbers to 119.5 sacks in 194 games over 14 seasons.

Freeney is 36 years old and there’s no doubt he’s not the same player he was when he was sacking quarterbacks in Indy, but if he’s still got some juice left and can get to the QB on a somewhat consistent basis, there’s a use for him on the Falcons defense.

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Falcons Waive LB Torrey Green, Who is Under Investigation for Rape and Sexual-Assault Charges

Torrey Green

The Falcons did not wait around to make a move on Thursday concerning undrafted rookie linebacker from Utah State Torrey Green, as he is under investigation for rape and possible sexual-assault charges.

The Cache County attorney’s office in Utah is actively investigating Green, according to TMZ Sports.

“We don’t want anybody connected to the organization that has those kinds of accusations around them,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday. “The player was cut. We found out about it (Wednesday) night. The player was cut (Thursday) morning. The decision was made (Wednesday) night. The coach spoke to the team (Thursday) morning. They understand it. We understand, and we’ve moved on.”
“He needed to go and take care of his situation,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We needed to do the best thing for the organization.”

Dominique Price, Green’s agent, didn’t want to comment on the situation when reached by phone. He was awaiting a call from Dimitroff.

Smart move by the Falcons to not wait around any longer with Green to see how the situation would play out, and instead decided to just cut their losses with the LB now and move on.

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