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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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Baker, Dent, Jackson Ruled Out For Jets Game

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore)

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons have ruled out three starters for Monday night’s game versus the New York Jets.

Left tackle Sam Baker (knee), middle linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle), and running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) will all miss the game.

Second-year player Lamar Holmes, who lost his starting right tackle spot to Jeremy Trueblood, will start at left tackle for Baker.

Omar Gaither, who was signed just three weeks ago, will fill in for Dent.

As has been the case since Jackson was injured in Week 2, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will look to fill the running back void.

Luckily, the Falcons have the bye week after Monday night’s game, so there’s a chance to get healthy for the rest of the season.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets Preview

Atlanta can ill-afford to drop to 1-4 heading into the bye week. (John Bazemore)

A win versus the New York Jets can build a little bit of momentum heading into the bye week.  (John Bazemore)

For the first time under the current regime, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves two games under .500.

Last week’s 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots put the Falcons on a two-game losing streak, which hasn’t happened since 2009.

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Falcons Fall Short in Comeback Attempt, Lose to Patriots 30-23

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Matt Ryan threw for a career-best 421 yards, Tony Gonzalez set a new career record with 149 yards, and yet it still wasn’t enough.

The Atlanta Falcons fell to the New England Patriots 30-23, and for the first time since 2007, are two games below .500 with a 1-3 record.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots Preview

The Falcons will need another big day from Osi Umenyiora. (Wilfredo Lee)

Another big day from Osi Umenyiora will help the Falcons immensely. (Wilfredo Lee)

The Atlanta Falcons have to learn how to finish games. In each of the three games this season, the Falcons have held a double-digit lead. In two of those games, including last week against the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons lost.

And thus, the team sits at 1-2, and is preparing to face a 3-0 New England Patriots team.

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Falcons Trading for Darrelle Revis Would be a Terrible Move

It would be a waste to trade multiple draft picks for a one-year rental. (Jim McIsaac)

It would be a waste to trade multiple draft picks for a one-year rental. (Jim McIsaac)

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly interested in New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Unquestionably, Revis is better than any player in the Falcons secondary. He’s a true shutdown corner, and the Falcons pass defense would improve dramatically.

However, the 27-year-old cornerback is coming off a torn ACL injury. There’s also the fact he’s going into the last year of his contract, and the Falcons would need to meet his financial demands of between $12 and $16 million per year to keep him for more than one year. Otherwise, the Falcons would be trading multiple high draft picks for a one-year rental, and that’s not a feasible option when the Falcons have needs to address in the draft.

Last week, the Falcons freed up cap space by releasing veterans John Abraham, Dunta Robinson, and Michael Turner.

However, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out via Twitter, that cap space will be used to take care of their own:

Revis on the Falcons would be awesome, and it would continue general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s streak of making a big move each year. But as it stands now, the Falcons are in no position to take the plunge for the best cornerback in the league.

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Falcons Release Three Big-Name Veterans

The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson, and running back Michael Turner.

The Falcons traded with the New York Jets for Abraham in 2006. He was originally selected by the Jets with the 13th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. The defensive end played seven seasons with Atlanta, and he notched 68.5 sacks. He had a career-high of 16.5 sacks in 2008. Last season, he had 10 sacks.

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Please, Falcons, Don’t Go On HBO’s Hard Knocks

The Falcons have been offered the spot for this year’s Hard Knocks, but they do not fit the mold of the series. At all.

Hard Knocks is an NFL reality sports documentary series that followed a select team throughout training camp. Ultimately, it gives insight as to how the NFL operates, mainly focusing on rookies and players on the fringe of making the team’s roster.

This will be the series’ seventh season. Previously featured were the Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), and most recently, the New York Jets (2010).

Those teams all had some sort of drama, whether it was the many stories that always revolve around Jerry Jones and America’s Team, Chad Ochocinco’s antics with the Bengals, or Rex Ryan’s many profanity-laden tirades with the Jets.

The Falcons are, for all intents and purposes, boring. And I mean really boring. They aren’t shrouded in any scandals; they do things by the book, and it all comes from their head coach, Mike Smith.

Smith is the epitome of boring; he says the right things and doesn’t make for a “juicy” interview.

Other than Roddy White, the Falcons shy away from controversy. Naturally, when you have guys like Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, and John Abraham in the locker room, the team’s going to be held in check. These veterans understand what it means to have class.

There’s no way the team would provide the “entertainment” the show usually provides. Of course, there’ll be a few quips from White, and Sean Weatherspoon will undoubtedly provide hilarious trash-talk, but that’s about it.

Lastly, the Falcons absolutely do not need the distraction the show brings.

Don’t do it, Falcons.

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