MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater got hurt before he could finish a fine first NFL start.
MINNEAPOLIS - A little more than six years ago, Matt Ryan made his NFL debut.
These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan has received plenty of accolades for his mammoth passing numbers in the opening month of the season. Another came Wednesday, when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the week.
The Falcons' defense was handed a new challenge on Monday as players returned from their long weekend: How to contain Teddy Bridgewater.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history.
ATLANTA - The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.
It looked like 2013 all over again for the Atlanta Falcons' offense last week.
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.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant expects to be exhausted by the end of Atlanta's NFC South showdown Sunday at New Orleans.
Quarterback Matt Ryan says he and the Atlanta Falcons face no added pressure with everything on the line this week.
Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work.
The Atlanta Falcons have placed starting cornerback Robert Alford on season-ending injured reserve with a broken wrist.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are headed for their second straight losing season.
ATLANTA - A loss is never a good thing.
Another Falcons practice without Julio Jones was followed by another vote of confidence from coach Mike Smith that the star wide receiver will make it back from his hip injury this week.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It's possible 5-8 never looked so good.
Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday the "intention" is for wide receiver Julio Jones to play this week against Pittsburgh after hurting his hip in Monday night's loss at Green Bay.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Another big first half helped the Green Bay Packers withstand a furious rally by the desperate Atlanta Falcons.
An impressive win over Arizona's strong defense was a confidence-booster for running back Steven Jackson and the Falcons' offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - At 5-7 and sporting the NFL's most leaky defense, the Atlanta Falcons look like a mismatch against Green Bay star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore says he has been fined $22,050 by the NFL for a crown-of-helmet hit on Arizona wide receiver Jaron Brown last week.
ATLANTA - The cost of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium has climbed to $1.4 billion.
The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500.