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Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants Preview

The Falcons have to find a way to win on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Falcons have to find a way to win outdoors on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t won an outdoors road game since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on November 25, 2012.

That losing streak was extended with last Sunday’s 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

This Sunday, the Falcons (2-2) go on the road once again to face the New York Giants, a team that has won two games in a row.

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Falcons Allow 558 Yards of Offense in 41-28 Loss to Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive debut against the Falcons. (Ann Heisenfelt)

Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive debut against the Falcons. (Ann Heisenfelt)

On paper, the Atlanta Falcons defense looked to be in for another huge day following the blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Minnesota Vikings were starting a rookie quarterback and were without Adrian Peterson and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Heading into the game, Minnesota had one of the league’s worst offenses.

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Preseason Week 1: Falcons Get Rolled by Bengals

Steven Jackson didn't find much running room against the Bengals. (David Goldman)

Steven Jackson didn’t find much running room against the Bengals. (David Goldman)

In what seems to be a common theme in preseason for the current regime, the Atlanta Falcons were blown out 34-10 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the Georgia Dome.

Before I delve into the positives and negatives of the game, let’s address two points:

1) It’s only preseason. Last preseason, the Falcons went 1-3 and finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.

2) The Falcons rarely win in preseason. It’s the status quo.

Also of note: Julio Jones and Sean Weatherspoon both sat out. Jones is nursing a sore hamstring and Weatherspoon has a badly disclocated finger.

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Falcons Injury Report: Moore, White Questionable

The Atlanta Falcons Piedmont Healthcare Injury Report published on Friday lists four players as questionable for Sunday’s game versus the New York Giants: defenisve tackle Jonathan Babineaux (quadricep), wide receiver Harry Douglas (ribs), safety William Moore (hamstring), and wide receiver Roddy White (knee).

Tackle Sam Baker (hand), guard Justin Blalock (elbow), and cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) are listed as probable.

Babineaux and Douglas were limited in practice, but Moore and White were held out of practice for the week.

White has never missed a game in his eight-year career, so I’m not worried about him missing Sunday’s game. He understands what’s at stake with this game.

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A Rant About the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons

I understand the Atlanta Falcons are 11-2, have already won the NFC South, and are still in the driver’s seat for the top playoff seed.

I understand they’re a good, albeit flawed, team. But for this rant, I’m throwing perspective out the window.

As it stands, there are several areas of this team I’m worried about.

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Five Things We Can Take Away From Falcons Minicamp

This post is written with a caveat: anything coaches and players say about a minicamp session should be positive. Also, because I was unable to attend any of the public sessions, I’ve compiled these five points using articles from those who’ve actually attended the sessions.

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