CINCINNATI - Picked apart and run over. The Falcons defense had a horrid day in just about every way.
CINCINNATI - Aaron Rodgers. Tom Brady. Matthew Stafford. Andrew Luck. Philip Rivers. Joe Flacco. Ben Roethlisberger.
One week ago, Gabe Carimi was being groomed to be the Falcons' version of John Havlicek who could play backup roles across the offensive line.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson has been the feature running back for most of his 11-year NFL career.
Before the Atlanta Falcons decided to sign Devin Hester, they wanted to make sure he wasn't content just returning kickoffs and punts.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan has turned in plenty of impressive performances for the Atlanta Falcons.
ATLANTA - Say this about a rivalry: It's not much of one if both teams aren't winning on a regular basis.
Falcons receiver Julio Jones has waited 11 months to return from a broken right foot and regain his Pro Bowl form.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For Matt Ryan, there are none of those annoying questions about his playoff record.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars had few, if any, concerns at center for a dozen years.
Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Mike Johnson will miss another season after going down with a foot injury.
ATLANTA - The Falcons finally showed how they plan to replace Tony Gonzalez.
ATLANTA - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury, dealing their battered offensive line another devastating blow.
BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.
BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, the two best quarterbacks to come out of the 2008 draft, see more of each other on the dinner circuit than on the football field.
Nobody expected Julio Jones and Roddy White to be a weak link in the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.
The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.
ATLANTA - If there was ever a must-win game in October, this was it for the Atlanta Falcons.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester danced around the question, knowing that everyone wonders what he thinks - really thinks - about former teammate Jay Cutler.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Only two NFL running backs have more touchdowns than Atlanta's Antone Smith.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
The Atlanta Falcons have signed wide receiver Freddie Martino from their practice squad to the active roster.
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