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Falcons sign Joe Vellano

The Falcons are missing a couple of players in their defensive front seven because of injury, so they brought in a healthy body to flesh out the group ahead of Sunday’s game against the Lions. The team announced that they have signed defensive tackle Joe Vellano to their 53-man roster. Cornerback Deji Olatoye was waived [more]

NFL should be able to use flexible scheduling at any time

As the league looks for ways to make the presentation of its games more compelling on TV, the league needs to further embrace ways to present more compelling games. Currently, flexible schedule isn’t available until Week Five, and even then it can be used only twice before Week 10. Ideally, the league would have the [more]

Desmond Trufant named NFC defensive player of the week

Desmond Trufant missed the Falcons’ Super Bowl run last year because of a pectoral injury. He’s making up for lost time this season. The Falcons cornerback was named NFC defensive player of the week for a pair of game-changing plays against the Packers last week. Trufant picked off a pass which led to points before [more]

Falcons talk to Dwight Freeney, but no plans to bring him back right now

A report on Monday indicated Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley will miss about a month after hurting his hamstring in Sunday night’s win over the Packers, but coach Dan Quinn didn’t go that far while discussing Beasley’s condition. Quinn confirmed that Beasley won’t play against the Lions this week and that was enough to lead [more]

Cowboys-Broncos storm delay helps FOX cruise to ratings win

Lengthy weather delays during NFL games can be good for business, especially when they happen during a nationally-televised game that creeps into prime time. Via Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, Sunday’s Cowboys-Broncos game on FOX generated a 16.1 overnight rating, up 18.38 percent from last year’s 13.6 on CBS for a Colts-Broncos game. That’s still [more]

Vic Beasley expected to miss a month with hamstring injury

The Falcons moved to 2-0 with a win over the Packers on Sunday night, but it looks like their push for 3-0 and beyond will have to come without the help of linebacker Vic Beasley. Beasley left Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury and Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta reports that it has [more]

Packers “incredulous” about offensive pass interference penalty

With the Packers trailing the Falcons 17-7 and a minute left in the second quarter last night, Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for a 35-yard gain that appeared to have Green Bay rolling toward a score before halftime. Unfortunately, Packers tight end Martellus Bennett was flagged for offensive pass interference for a pick play. That [more]

Sunday Night wrap-up: Falcons putting up familiar offensive numbers

The 49ers are 0-2. The Falcons are still scoring points at a remarkable rate. There will possibly come a time when the Falcons miss former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — who helped them lead the league in scoring last year. That time was not Sunday night against Green Bay, when they cruised to a mostly [more]

Falcons add to lead just before halftime, up 24-7

Aaron Rodgers (or his receiver) made a mistake, and the Falcons made him pay. After picking off Rodgers, the Falcons came right back with another quick touchdown drive, and have a 24-7 lead heading into halftime. Replacement wideout Geronimo Allison seemed to pull up on his route, allowing Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant to make the [more]

Falcons rule Ryan Schraeder, Courtney Upshaw out

The Packers matched the Falcons’ opening touchdown. Now the Falcons are matching the Packers’ injury count. Right tackle Ryan Schraeder has been ruled out for the rest of the game after being taken in to be evaluated for a concussion. He’s been replaced by Ty Sambrailo, who was acquired in a trade with the Broncos [more]

Mike Daniels and Jordy Nelson questionable to return

The good news is the Packers were able to answer the Falcons early score. The bad news is they’re running out of guys. Already playing without both starting tackles, the Packers have two of their top players on the sidelines. Defensive tackle Mike Daniels (hamstring) and wide receiver Jordy Nelson (quadriceps) have left the game [more]

Falcons open their new building in an old way

The Falcons opened their new stadium with a flourish. After cutting the ribbon on the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons scored in an old way – quickly and efficiently. They took the opening kickoff and marched 86 yards in nine plays, with running back Devonta Freeman finishing from a yard out to take a [more]

Packers without both starting tackles tonight against Falcons

The Packers are going to be without both their starting tackles tonight. Both left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Bryan Bulaga are among the inactives for tonight’s game against the Falcons, along with backup tackle Jason Spriggs. That likely leaves Kyle Murphy (who started for Bulaga last week) and undrafted rookie Adam Pankey (who was promoted from [more]

Arthur Blank: Jerry Jones is not impeding the Goodell contract talks

In response to an ESPN report that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been impeding efforts to finalize the contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, the chairman of the NFL’s Compensation Committee says that this contention is erroneous. Falcons owner Arthur Blank tells Peter King of “The speculation is incorrect. He is not impeding it. [more]

Aaron Rodgers still has only one career pick-six

If the Nazair Jones defensive touchdown last week at Lambeau Field hadn’t been nullified by an illegal block, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would have DOUBLED his career output of interceptions returned for a touchdown. Yes, as Jason Wilde of points out, Rodgers has thrown only one pick-six in his entire career. One. Receiver Jordy [more]

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