Atlanta Falcons

Running back Bobby Rainey #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fumbles as inside linebacker Joplo Bartu #59 of the Atlanta Falcons defends during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Falcons Clobber Hapless Buccaneers 56-14

Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Julio Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14.

09/19/2014

Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons and George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals both attempt to catch a pass during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The play resulted in an incomplete pass. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Starters: Vincent Jackson, Matt Ryan And Julio Jones

Here’s a look at the key fantasy players on both sides, and our recommendation on whether you should start them or sit them in your fantasy lineup.

09/18/2014

Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football Breakdown: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 3’s Thursday night matchup features two NFC South teams that made headlines for all the wrong reasons last season.

09/17/2014

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CBS Sports’ Steve Tasker Weighs In On Falcons Vs Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football

When he was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1985, no-one expected Steve Tasker to last very long in the NFL. He may not have lasted more than one season in Houston, but the minute wide receiver and special teams ace last 12 more with the Buffalo Bills. He knows what it takes overcome adversity, but when it comes to this week’s game on Thursday Night Football, Tasker isn’t sure the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can overcome the strong Atlanta Falcons.

09/16/2014

Rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews #70 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during rookie minicamp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility on May 16, 2014 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Matthews Legacy Continues With Jake Playing For The Falcons

As a third-generation NFL player, as well as relatives playing both for college and professional teams in Atlanta, Jake Matthews seems like a perfect fit for the Falcons.

08/08/2014

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5 Players In The NFL Who Will Have A Bounce Back Season Offensively

Here is a list of five players who will have a bounce back season.

07/29/2014

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: (L-R) Kathaleen O'Connor and Eric Mabe from Middletown, New York show support for the New York Giants during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.

Top 5 Goofiest NFL Draft Moments

Will anything memorably goofy occur this year? We hope so, because a draft without silliness is nothing more than a boring roll call of kids eager to lug other people’s bags around for the next year.

05/08/2014

Action during the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

NFL Announces Dates For Three 2014 Regular-Season Games In London

The first game will be played in Week 4 on Sept. 28, with the Oakland Raiders facing the Miami Dolphins. A month later, in Week 8, the Atlanta Falcons will play the Detroit Lions on Oct. 26.

11/28/2013

Quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets throws a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Geno Smith Named AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Smith followed up a turnover-laden stinker in Week 4 with a gem at the Georgia Dome, going 16-of 20 for 199 yards and three scores.

10/09/2013

Action during the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

NFL To Hold 3 Regular-Season Games In London Next Year

The NFL will play three regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.

10/08/2013

Quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets throws a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Geno Ice! Rookie Stuns Atlanta, Comes Up Huge For ‘Fearless’ Jets

Jets guard Willie Colon said quarterback Geno Smith didn’t give any sort of “Disney pep talk” before leading Monday night’s game-winning drive. The rookie just went in and got the job done.

10/08/2013

Nick Folk reacts after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Atlanta Falcons on October 7, 2013. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Jets Make Critics Eat Crow — Myself Included

Last week, I pegged the Jets as not ready for prime time. Hence the crow, which I’ll gladly chow down if it means I’ve just witnessed the turning point in the maturity of Gang Green.

10/08/2013

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Geno Smith Ices The Atlanta Falcons On Monday Night Football

The Jets rookie quarterback shocks the world with an outstanding performance against the Atlanta Falcons.

10/08/2013

Geno Smith (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images), Matt Ryan  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Jets, Falcons Both ‘Desperate’ For A Win Monday Night

If the Falcons don’t start winning, they can forget about those Super Bowl hopes. Meanwhile, the Jets don’t want to slip below .500 — especially on national television.

10/07/2013

Santonio Holmes (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Jets Activate RB Goodson; WR Holmes, CB Milliner Out Vs. Atlanta

It will be the second straight game missed by Milliner, the No. 9 overall pick who was hurt during practice last week.

10/05/2013

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