Ryan Leads Falcons to Two Big 4th Quarter Drives as Atlanta Tops Chicago 23-17

It took the 2017 Falcons to look like the 2016 Falcons, but Matt Ryan played like an MVP in the fourth quarter, doing enough to lead two scoring drives to help Atlanta to a 23-17 win over a gritty Chicago Bears team.

Ryan threw an 88-yard touchdown to Austin Hooper and also led another drive which eventually lead to a Matt Bryant field goal, helping the Falcons get the six-point win.

The MVP from a season ago threw for 321 yards, but overall there has to be some concern about an offense that really took awhile to get going on a day when they wanted to put their Super Bowl hangover away once and for all.

“We won the game and at the end of the day that’s why we prepare all week,” Ryan said. “Can we play better? Absolutely. Are we going to try to work on that? Absolutely. But we’ll take a win every day.”

The pass to Hooper that was so wild in the fact how wide open the tight end was, it was stunning that he was sitting in the middle of the field open waiting for Ryan’s pass to get there.

“I feel like I lived a lifetime in my head when the ball was in the air. I’m not even kidding. I think I blacked out for part of it,” Hooper said.

New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has his work cut out for him in making the Falcons offense a more well oiled machine on a weekly basis, for this week they were good enough to get past a Bears team that likely will be in the rear in the NFC North.

“We knew (the running game) would be a challenge, they’re stout and they’re square,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said of the Bears defense.

“We didn’t anticipate that much of a challenge, we thought we’d get it going eventually. Today, we didn’t have the space we thought we’d have.”

Hopefully that space will come more in next week’s home opener in front of a National TV audience against the Packers.

Falcons vs Bears NFL Week One Inactives

The Falcons have declared OT Austin Pasztor, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, RB Brian Hill, LB Jordan Tripp, WR Nick Williams, OG Sean Harlow, S Sharrod Neasman inactive for Week 1.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Ruled Out for Saturday’s Preseason Game

Falcons coach Dan Quinn ruled out running back Devonta Freeman for Saturday’s exhibition against the Arizona Cardinals as Freeman goes through the final stages of the concussion protocol, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Freeman, who was injured in practice, didn’t travel for this past Sunday’s exhibition at Pittsburgh after playing in the first exhibition at Miami. He ran sprints on a side field during Tuesday’s practice.

“He’s doing well,” Quinn said about Freeman. “He’s going to visit with the independent part of the protocol come up here soon. He won’t play in this ball game. He won’t practice today. He’s back to full-speed running. But it’s soon that he’ll be back participating full speed in practice. But you won’t see him suited up for this weekend.”

NFC South Podcast: Episode 1 The Shortest Review

The Atlanta Falcons understand that they can’t have a down year. Several teams have bad seasons after losing in the Super Bowl. This NFC South squad seems ready to make another run. Matt Ryan is ready for another MVP season and Julio Jones wants to prove he’s the best receiver in the game.

The Falcons did lose their preseason game to the Miami Dolphins. Jalen Collins is struggling to find his way. The backup defense must be prepared for the improving offenses of the NFC South.

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Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman in Concussion Protocol; Won’t Play vs Steelers

The Falcons are set to take on the Steelers in the second week of preseason this upcoming week, and will do so without the services of running back Devonta Freeman, who Monday was placed in the league’s concussion protocol on Monday.

Coach Dan Quinn said that Freeman was held out of practice as well on Monday.

Freeman started practice on Sunday, but left about an hour and 20 minutes in the practice. He walked off the field under his own power with a member of the training staff alongside.

“I didn’t think he was going to come back,” Quinn said after practice on Sunday. “He had some heat stuff that he dealt with from the first practice and again (Sunday.)”

Freeman received fluids after going inside.

Happy Birthday ‘Primetime’ Deion Sanders!

It’s hard to believe but today ‘Primetime’ Deion Sanders, one of the all-time greats, turns 50!

Sanders is a Hall of Famer (inducted in 2011) and while he didn’t finish his career with the Falcons, he will always be remembered for starting his career there and having some unreal highlights while a member of the team.

To you ‘Primetime’ – Happy Birthday!

How Are You Getting To The Game This Season?

Only a few weeks remain before the NFL teams begin their formal preseason workouts for the 2017-18 regular season. And fans of the Atlanta Falcons can quit gnashing their teeth over last year’s Super Bowl loss and look forward to seeing the team perform even better this coming year. Even though they only had six draft picks, the team clearly went all out in an attempt to strengthen its already recognized defense. There is even some talk about them shifting from last year’s 3-4 defense back to the traditional 4-3 defense, with their number 1 draft pick being a defensive end from UCLA.

When the season begins, many Falcon fans who currently use public transportation or charter bus services as their means to get about the city might want to try taking advantage of the Zipcar car sharing service as their way to go and see the game. Relying upon the car sharing services makes it possible for a fan to pick up his fellow game attendees, stock up on supplies and get to the stadium with time for some serious tailgating if you so desire. Or just get to your seats early and set up to enjoy the action.  

Rather than ride charter buses or public transit, use a family car, or rent a car you can use one from the car sharing service – already fueled, maintained and prepared for the purpose.  By taking advantage of the car sharing service you don’t have to worry about vehicle insurance, upkeep and maintenance.  And you help reduce the costs you will ordinarily be paying for having your personal vehicle parked at your home consuming space and fuel when not in use. Using a Groupon promo code can get you a $25 free driving credit.    

The only worry you have when you use Zipcar is the likelihood of your passengers discovering how convenient and comfortable the service is.  So tell them in advance that you have a strict limit on the number of persons you are willing to take to and from the ballpark.  And see to it that you have one dedicated driver, in case the events at the game get too exciting for one to stand it! 

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