FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White is beginning to perform like an elite receiver again - just in time for a final visit to one of his favorite stadiums.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes his defense is finally starting to understand how to create takeaways.
ATLANTA - From Washington's first possession to the decisive play in the final minute, Atlanta's defense kept finding ways to get its hands on the ball.
ATLANTA - The Redskins, awash in chaos and controversy, may find comfort in the reminder they're not alone in their first-to-worst misery.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Nolan knows his second season as Falcons defensive coordinator has been a borderline disaster.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons are giving rookies bigger roles, especially on defense, down the stretch of a lost season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter isn't saying much about his recent interview with Boise State.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White says the Falcons' 10th loss was especially painful.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon took a knee to catch his breath after his lumbering 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons don't know if they'll be facing Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson says running the ball in the NFL requires patience and commitment.
LONDON - London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith knows the value of a strong finish, even in a dismal season such as this one.
TORONTO - Falcons safety William Moore looked into the crowd in Toronto and began wondering whether he was back home in Atlanta.
LONDON - The NFL has announced the dates of its three regular-season games in London next year, with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10 on Nov. 9.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
Corey Peters battled doubts about his future in the NFL after he tore his Achilles tendon late last season.
When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jake Matthews, they figured he would take over at left tackle someday.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' revamped offensive line took a major setback Sunday when left tackle Sam Baker was ruled out for the year after injuring his right knee in a preseason game.
HOUSTON - The Atlanta Falcons' focus this offseason was to improve an offensive line that was among the worst in the league last year.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.
HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.
The mandate came from the top of the Atlanta Falcons' chain of command when the offseason began.
Jake Matthews' first live NFL action gives Atlanta coach Mike Smith reason to think the No. 6 overall draft pick has potential to become an elite player.
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Miami's Ryan Tannehill showed how starting quarterbacks should handle preseason openers.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hope to find clarity in the competition to determine quarterback Matt Ryan's backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss the season with a left knee injury.
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