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Video: NFL Films Breaks Down the Week Two Falcons vs Panthers Matchup

NFL Playbook previews the Week 2 game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Missing Practice Again with Knee Injury

As the Falcons and Panthers get set for a key week two game in the NFC South, the Birds might be a big man down in terms of their offense, as running back Devonta Freeman is out again for practice due to his knee injury.

Falcons vs Eagles NFL Week One Capsule

The 2018 season kicks off on Thursday, September 6 (8:20 PM ET, NBC) as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field in a rematch of the 2017 NFC Divisional Playoffs, which the Eagles won 15-10. The Falcons and Eagles meet for the 31st time in the regular season, with Philadelphia holding a 16-13-1 series advantage.

The Eagles, who won their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII, have won their past two home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and six of their past seven overall in Week 1. Philadelphia ranked third in the NFL averaging 28.6 points per game last season and were the only team to have three players with at least eight touchdown catches each – wide receivers ALSHON JEFFERY (nine) and NELSON AGHOLOR (eight) and tight end ZACH ERTZ (eight).

On the path to Super Bowl LII, the Eagles finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Philadelphia won the NFC East a season after finishing in last place with a 7-9 record in 2016, joining the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (AFC South) as teams to complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround in 2017. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons.

Atlanta advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season in 2017 and has won three of their past four season openers. Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 4,095 yards last season, his franchise-record seventh consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards, and tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Linebacker DEION JONES led Atlanta’s defense with 138 tackles, which tied for fourth in the NFL, and safety KEANU NEAL led all NFC safeties with 113 tackles in 2017.

The Tuesday Injury Report for the Falcons as They Get Set to Take on the Eagles

The Falcons are wrapping up their final practice as they get set for the opener of the 2018 season against the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Here’s the injury report for the team today:

It’s a good sign that only two players did not take part in the practice at all Tuesday.

Four Players Listed on the Falcons First Official Injury Report of 2018

The Falcons and Eagles are set for action in the first game of the season on Thursday night, and today the Falcons first official injury report was released with four players on it.

The Falcons released their first official injury report of the season Monday, ahead of Thursday night’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and four players were listed as either limited- or non-participants for practice.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver was designated as limited for practice. He has an ankle injury. The three players held out of practice were guard Ben Garland, who has a calf injury, long snapper Josh Harris, who has a hip injury, and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson who has a shoulder injury.

There was some good news on the Falcons’ injury report, however, as starting safety Ricardo Allen and starting linebacker Deion Jones were full participants on Monday, as well as rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun and wide receiver Marvin Hall.

Falcons Rookie WR Calvin Ridley Ranked 28th in Terms of Best 2nd WR Options in the NFL

Falcons rookie wide out Calvin Ridley is a player coming to the team with a lot of fan fare, but according to the national media, he’s got a long way to go to be successful in the NFL.

Website NumberFire.com says that Ridley is ranked 28th when it comes to ranking teams’ second wide outs in the NFL.

Here’s what they had to say about the rookie.

Calvin Ridley was the second wide receiver taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, where he will be the understudy to Julio Jones. For now, though, he will be competing with Mohamed Sanu for targets in the Falcons’ offense. While Ridley enters as one of the older rookie receivers we’ve seen, he will likely take his lumps on the depth chart before being given his chance to shine in a featured role. Mark Ridley as a mid-season “buy” candidate, for now.

Falcons WR Julio Jones Ends Holdout, Will Be at Camp Thursday

A Huge day for rookie WR Julio Jones

It was a short holdout in the end, but one that sent a message to the Falcons that star wide out Julio Jones wants to be a part of this franchise for a long time to come, and be well compensated for it.

Last night Jones ended his holdout from camp, and reports say he will be on the field today as training camp gets going for the Falcons, who last season got to the postseason before losing to the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Jones and the Falcons have been chatting about a new deal, now he’s done his part in showing up, it will be interesting to see if a deal gets wrapped up.

Video: Whose Side Are You On? The Falcons or WR Julio Jones?

SportsNation’s Cari Champion, LZ Granderson and Ryen Russillo discuss whether Atlanta Falcons and NFL Pro Bowl WR Julio Jones’ holdout and contract demands are fair.

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