FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith's plan for getting the most out of John Abraham at first caught the veteran defensive end by surprise.
ATLANTA - Matt Ryan has enjoyed such a strong start to his rookie season, he's drawing comparisons from his coach to one of the league's top quarterbacks, Drew Brees.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta coach Mike Smith says Falcons rookie left tackle Sam Baker is expected back this season after having lower back surgery last week.
ATLANTA - Don't blame the Atlanta Falcons for taking advantage of their bottom-feeding opportunities in the first half of the season.
OAKLAND, Calif. - With Michael Vick in prison and Bobby Petrino fleeing town early, the Atlanta Falcons dealt with more than their fair share of troubles last season.
OAKLAND, Calif. - DeAngelo Hall is quickly becoming an old pro at handling off-field turmoil in the NFL.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons can only hope nose tackle Grady Jackson and strong safety Lawyer Milloy are eligible to play at Oakland this weekend.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Sam Baker will have surgery on his lower back on Thursday, leaving his status for the rest of the season uncertain.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Wayne Gandy is back for a second stint with the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons put their 24-hour rule into effect Monday, which meant no more fretting about that loss in Philadelphia. Besides, they've got other things to worry about.
Besides, they've got other things to worry about.
PHILADELPHIA - Matt Ryan would love to stick around Philadelphia to catch a World Series game Sunday, but he's got a job to do.
PHILADELPHIA - Brian Westbrook's name popped up more in the Eagles' injuries reports lately than the postgame stat sheet.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It took Jamaal Anderson, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick last year, 22 games to get his first career sack for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Jason Elam never misses a chance to watch Tiger Woods.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' mix of rookies and holdovers were not expected to have success on offense in 2008.
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