Monthly Archives: October 2013

Falcons Lose to Cardinals 27-13

The Falcons had no answer for Andre Ellington. (Jennifer Stewart)

The Falcons had no answer for rookie Andre Ellington. (Jennifer Stewart)

With the 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, any playoff hopes for the Atlanta Falcons look several million miles away.

The score wasn’t nearly indicative as to how one-sided this game really was.

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Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals Preview

Jacquizz Rodgers caught two touchdown passes last week. (Daniel Shirey)

Jacquizz Rodgers caught two touchdown passes last week. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons look to notch their first road win as they head out west to face the Arizona Cardinals.

The Falcons (2-4)  rode Harry Douglas, who had to step into the role as the top target with Julio Jones being out for the season and Roddy White nursing ankle and hamstring injuries, and Matt Ryan to victory last week over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Falcons Sign LB Thomas Howard

Due to injuries, Thomas Howard could have a role in the Falcons defense. (John Grieshop)

Due to injuries, Thomas Howard could have a role in the Falcons defense. (John Grieshop)

The Atlanta Falcons made a couple of moves on Tuesday, signing veteran linebacker Thomas Howard and releasing linebacker Jamar Chaney.

He was selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He spent the first five years of his career in Oakland before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. He played one full season with the Bengals before missing all of last season with a knee injury.

For his career, Howard has compiled 492 tackles, six sacks, seven interceptions, and six forced fumbles.

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Douglas, Ryan Keep Bucs Winless

Harry Douglas had a career day as the number one option. (Curtis Compton)

Harry Douglas had a career day as the number one option. (Curtis Compton)

The Atlanta Falcons’ 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended a three-game skid, including two consecutive home losses.

The Falcons had to lean heavily on Matt Ryan, and with wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White ailing, it was up to Harry Douglas to take on the role as the number one option in the passing game.

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Falcons Waive Safety Shann Schillinger

Shann Schillinger's release can only mean the Falcons are making a move soon. (Kevin C. Cox)

Shann Schillinger’s release can only mean the Falcons are making a move soon. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons have waived safety Shann Schillinger.

Schillinger was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was primarily a special teamer, recording 13 tackles in 36 games.

His release opens up a roster spot for the Falcons. Expect a move to fill that roster spot soon.

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Roddy White to Miss First NFL Game; Baker, Jackson Ruled Out

Roddy White's streak of 133 consecutive games will end this Sunday. (Daniel Shirey)

Roddy White’s streak of 133 consecutive games will end this Sunday. (Daniel Shirey)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his NFL career as he was ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

White’s streak of 133 consecutive games is third in franchise history behind centers Todd McClure (144) and Jeff Van Note (155).

The receiver was hampered by a high ankle sprain suffered in preseason but still managed to start despite being limited. White also injured his hamstring in Week 5’s loss to the New York Jets.

Running back Steven Jackson is still dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2 versus the St. Louis Rams.

Left tackle Sam Baker won’t dress for Sunday’s game, either. Both he and tight end Chase Coffman, who was ruled out as well, are suffering from knee injuries.

Expect Matt Ryan to lean heavily on Tony Gonzalez in Sunday’s game.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

The Falcons can't afford to let Mike Glennon carve them up as Geno Smith did. (Daniel Shirey)

The Falcons can’t afford to let Mike Glennon carve them up as Geno Smith did. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons, last season’s reigning NFC South champions, have struggled mightily this season. As have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have yet to win a game.

Coming off their bye week, the Falcons look to right the ship beginning with a win against the Buccaneers.

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Jones Officially Out for Year; Falcons Sign WR Robiskie

Brian Robiskie is a depth signing at best. (Tom Dahlin)

Brian Robiskie is a depth signing at best. (Tom Dahlin)

The Atlanta Falcons have officially announced wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the season.

Jones received a second opinion on his right foot Wednesday, and the initial diagnosis was confirmed. The wide receiver will undergo season-ending surgery on October 13.

It cannot be overstated how big of a blow Jones being out is to the Falcons’ offense.

With the open roster spot, Atlanta went out and signed Brian Robiskie, son of assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, Terry Robiskie.

Of course, Robiskie won’t fill Jones’ shoes, but he’ll provide a little depth.

He appeared in six games with the Detroit Lions last season, catching just four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Robiskie was selected in the second round (36th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent two and a half seasons there before being cut in 2011. For his career, Robiskie has totaled 43 receptions for 485 yards and four touchdowns.

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Falcons Lose 30-28 to Jets, Drop Third Straight

The Falcons had immense trouble keeping the New York Jets' front seven at bay. (Jason Braverman)

Matt Ryan lost back-to-back home games for the first time in his career. (Jason Braverman)

For the first time since the tumultuous 2007 season, the Atlanta Falcons have lost three straight games.

Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets was the Falcons’ second consecutive loss at home. It was the first time in Matt Ryan’s career he’s lost back-to-back home games.

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Julio Jones Likely Out for Season

Losing Julio Jones is another tremendous blow the Falcons. (John Bazemore)

Losing Julio Jones is another tremendous blow to the already banged-up Falcons. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons fear wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the season with a foot injury following Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets.

Wednesday, Jones will get a second opinion, but he is likely out for the remainder of the season.

NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington noted Jones walking out of the x-ray room with a limp last night:

It’s another heavy blow to a Falcons team that has already been decimated by injuries.

What’s impressive is Jones made this catch after he had suffered the foot injury. He finished the day with eight receptions for 99 yards. On the season, he had 41 receptions for 580 yards and two touchdowns.

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