NFL rushing leader Devonta Freeman has morphed into such a critical cog in Atlanta's offense that when he doesn't get the ball in crucial situations, someone has some explaining to do.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Atlanta Falcons just keep finding ways to pull out victories, no matter how ugly.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Atlanta coach Dan Quinn would have been much happier if his Falcons didn't endure a long weekend following their first loss this season.
Dan Quinn couldn't remember the last time he had everyone on his active roster available for a game this late in the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The pass rush is a missing link in the Atlanta Falcons' otherwise strong start.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Quarterback Matt Ryan knows that turnovers are the quickest way for games fall apart for the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
Julio Jones opened the week on the practice field instead of the trainer's room on Monday.
Following his first loss as Falcons coach, Dan Quinn's simple lesson was "it's about the ball."
ATHENS - Missouri and Georgia, who have combined to win the last four SEC East titles, know the loser of Saturday night's game will be all but eliminated from this year's race.
NEW ORLEANS - Proud veterans Drew Brees and Ben Watson summoned their best performances of the season and restored a bit of swagger to the recently reeling Saints.
NEW ORLEANS - For the first time in a decade, the Atlanta Falcons have an opportunity to relegate their longtime rivals in New Orleans to early-season irrelevance.
Devonta Freeman stops by his locker, but not for long.
Falcons center Mike Person, who left Sunday's win over Washington with a sprained ankle, is expected to miss Thursday night's game at New Orleans.
Roddy White felt the need to question his role in the Falcons' offense last week.
ATLANTA - With the game on the line, Robert Alford relied on lessons learned in his film study of Kirk Cousins' three-step drops.
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