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8-8, 2nd in NFC South

Can anyone dethrone the Panthers?

In the first 12 years of the NFC South's existence, the division didn't have a single repeat winner. Suddenly, Carolina has taken the crown three years straight. Dan Graziano assesses whether any team can stem the tide.


Could Julio Jones become JJ2K?

Atlanta's do-it-all wideout posted the second-highest receiving yardage total (1,871) in history last season. Dan Graziano explores whether Jones could eclipse 2,000 yards in 2016.

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Alex Mack got his money's worth

The former Brown used his leverage well in free agency, getting a deal with the Falcons that triggers third-year guarantees in May 2017. Not bad for a 30-year-old center. Player-friendly contracts (Insider)


Do teams fear Brandin Cooks?

New Orleans' first-round pick from 2014 has emerged as Drew Brees' top target. But that doesn't necessarily mean NFC South rivals see Cooks as a top threat. Dan Graziano breaks it down.

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Jacob Tamme is a bargain in Atlanta

He's no star, but Tamme quietly caught 59 passes for the Falcons a year ago. He'll count just $2.6 million against the salary cap in 2016. Friendly contracts (Insider)

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Atlanta among most tortured cities

The Braves delivered Atlanta's only major professional sports title in 1995, nearly 30 years after pro sports arrived in the city. By Bill Barnwell's measurement, only four cities suffered more miserable streaks that ended with a championship. Sports Misery Index

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Dan Quinn excelled at hammer in college

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was a productive player for the Salisbury football team, but not as decorated as he was in track. As a two-sport athlete, Quinn set a school record in the hammer throw (168 feet, 0.8 inches) that stood until 2012. Ranking all 32 NFL coaches as players

Officials confident in Atlanta's stadium progress (2:40)
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Falcons CEO: $200M in stadium changes ordered

The Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium should still be on track to open on June 1, 2017, despite $200 million in changes being ordered, team president and CEO Rich McKay says.


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Inside look at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, expected to be completed next summer.


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AMB CEO Steve Cannon talks about what the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will mean to Atlanta.

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Tour of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium today as the Falcons' next home continues to be under construction.

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Desmond Trufant needs more help

A relatively anonymous Atlanta defense fails to show the brilliance of Trufant, who is far and away the unit's best player. Without stars around him, the Falcons land near the bottom of Bill Barnwell's list. Ranking defensive triplets


Ryan set up for big year

Is Matt Ryan an elite QB and if not, will he ever reach such status? His number of red zone interceptions and fumbles say no, but the Falcons feel differently. Dan Graziano breaks it down.


When will the Saints' window close?

The Sean Payton-Drew Brees combo has only won three NFC South titles in 10 tries, but with both, the Saints are always in the mix. But how long will this era last? Dan Graziano discusses.

Team Stats

Passing Yards273.76th
Rushing Yards100.718th
Points For21.2Tied-21st
Points Against21.614th

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