Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons will be fine. Thanks for asking

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The Atlanta Falcons find themselves 1-2 after a hard fought loss versus division rival the New Orleans Saints. The thing we all need to remember is that this loss happened in overtime which means the Falcons lost a shootout and they just couldn’t finish the deal. Matt Ryan finished with 5 TD’s and 0 INT’s and broke the record for most touchdowns versus the Saints, previously held by 49er’s great Joe Montana.

When it comes to the defense the Falcons will find a way to bring some pressure as the team gels together. Defensive end Takk McKinley hopes to return after missing last weeks game with a groin injury and his return would certainly bolster the pass rush. Vic Beasley registered is first sack when he sacked Drew Brees forcing a 3-and-out. Duke Riley had the best game of his career versus the Saints so that is something to keep an eye on.

Against the Cincinnati Bengals the Atlanta Falcons can right the ship by getting a much needed win. If the Falcons can keep running their high octane offense they should find no problems with beating the Bengals. The question will remain though can the defense step up? After losing Deion Jones, Keanu Neal, and now most recently Ricardo Allen, the Falcons need their younger players to show up.

My prediction is that the Atlanta Falcons offense becomes too much too handle against the Cincinnati Bengals and they come away with a win. The defense will play a much better game versus a subpar QB in comparison to Drew Brees in Andy Dalton. Don’t forget that this game is where the Atlanta Falcons will be wearing their 90’s throwbacks. Make sure to show up wearing your throwback gear and let the NFL know that we are here to stay.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

Falcons place Safety Ricardo Allen on IR; Sign LB Bruce Carter and S Sharrod Neasman

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The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they are placing Safety Ricardo Allen on injured reserve. Allen tore his Achilles in overtime when the Falcons took on the Saints in Week 3, losing 43-37.  Linebacker Richard “Dewey” Jarvis was waived to create an extra roster spot.

Bruce Carter was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Carter has played for the Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Jets in his career. In his seven seasons he has recorded 306 tackles, 20 pass defenses, five sacks, five interceptions and one touchdown.

Sharrod Neasman was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Falcons in 2016. Neasman played in 17 games as the backup strong safety and recorded 1 tackle and 1 forced fumble. After the season concluded he was not re-signed by the Falcons and was signed by the Saints who later waived him.

The Falcons hope Carter and Neasman can fill the void left by Deion Jones and Keanu Neal after both players were put on injured reserve after Week 1. Deion Jones is eligible to return from injury in Week 8 but it will be a long road ahead.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

 

BREAKING: Pro Bowl LB Deion Jones put on IR; Out for 8 weeks

After losing safety Keanu Neal the Atlanta Falcons have announced that Deion Jones will also be put on injured reserve.

“We are bummed for Deion, but we do expect to get him back at some point this season. He represents all that we are looking for in a Falcon player, and while he will not be on the field for us right now, he will continue to have a presence in our building.” – Dan Quinn

It will be up to Duke Riley to fill his shoes until he heals up. Dan Quinn employs and a next man up philosophy so either produce or sit down. We at ATLSportsHQ will be praying for a speedy recovery for Deion Jones.

Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature

2018 Falcons Player Preview: Keanu Neal

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You don’t want to come face to face with him.

“Here comes the boom” resonates in your head when you see Keanu make a tackle. He’s been doing it since his rookie year, and in his 3rd year, he’s looking to make more of an impact. Quinn emphasizes fast and physical, and Keanu is just that on defense.

Keanu played almost everywhere on defense last season. You saw him in the box, in coverage, even as a linebacker. He had an impact in every one of those positions and made big plays on top of it. Neal was his best when it came to stopping the run, which is why Quinn had him in the box and as a linebacker at times.

One thing Keanu may be the best at on defense is making open field tackles. When you see him in a 1-on-1 situation, don’t expect him to miss the tackle. And don’t expect him to lay a soft hit either.

With the new helmet rule, Keanu may have to adjust his game a little this season, but he will still be effective. There were many times last year he demonstrated tackling with his shoulder, and that’s what he’ll have to do this year.

Expect Keanu to be the player who he’s always been for the Falcons, and help get the defense to even greater heights.

Malik Brown| @_MalikATL

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