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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Mike Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th98.1 (24th)289.6 (5th)
Defense30th137.7 (27th)274.4 (28th)

Next Game

Sun, October 26, 9:30 AM EDT
Wembley Stadium
TV: FOX
Detroit Lions
at
Atlanta Falcons

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 37 - 34NO
Recap
Sun Sep 14
L 24 - 10at CIN
Recap
Thu Sep 18
W 56 - 14TB
Recap
Sun Sep 28
L 41 - 28at MIN
Recap
Sun Oct 5
L 30 - 20at NYG
Recap
Sun Oct 12
L 27 - 13CHI
Recap
Sun Oct 19
L 29 - 7at BAL
Recap
9:30 am EDT
Today
FOXDET
Preview
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
at TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
CLE
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
ARI
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 8
at GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
CAR

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Carolina3-3-11-0-0
New Orleans2-4-01-1-0
Atlanta2-5-02-0-0
Tampa Bay1-5-00-3-0
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Falcons in good shape as they prepare for Lions
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Falcons are fairly healthy heading into their Sunday game against Detroit. Only defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (foot) appears destined to sit despite his status as questionable. Also questionable is wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot).

The probables are left guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee). All three were limited in practice Friday.

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Report: Falcons WR Harry Douglas a game-time decision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A second straight day of practice for Falcons wideout Harry Douglas has him considered a game-time decision for Sunday against Detroit, per the team website. He has missed four consecutive games with a foot injury.

His inclusion Friday was a good sign in that it proved his foot responded well to the Thursday session. But Mike Smith emphasized that no decision has been made in regard to his status for Sunday.

"Harry's done very well," Smith said. "He will be a decision that we make as we get closer to the game, but he's been able to come out and participate in practice the past two days ... I like the progress he's made through the week."

Douglas has 12 catches for 121 yards and one touchdown in three games played this season.

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Might be time to sit Matt Ryan
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

After he lost his fourth starting offensive lineman for the season in what his third straight game with just one touchdown pass, I suggested Fantasy owners might consider sitting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for Week 8 against the Lions in London. Turns out Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard are completely on board with that, ranking him only 20th among quarterbacks.

Granted, the Saints' Drew Brees managed to find a way against them last week, but it doesn't change the fact that the Lions have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks by far. And most of the ones they've faced still had their offensive lines intact.

Part of Ryan's problem is that he just doesn't have time to throw the ball downfield, and that's not going to improve with his starting center now gone. The Lions, as you might expect from their ranking, have a terrific pass rush. They're tied for third with 21 sacks. They're also one of three teams that have recorded more interceptions than they've allowed touchdown passes.

Even if everything was hunky-dory for Ryan and he was coming off a stretch where he looked like Peyton Manning, he'd be a candidate to sit with such a tough matchup. As things currently stand for him and the Falcons, it's a no-brainer move.

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Falcons WR Harry Douglas back at practice, might play Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

After missing the last 10 practices, Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas finally returned to the practice field Thursday, coach Mike Smith announced. Smith added Douglas, who has missed the last four games, was limited in practice.

Smith hinted at a possibility of Douglas playing Week 8 against the Lions. Smith said the team will have to monitor Douglas' status over the next few days, per the team's official website.

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Julio Jones limited with ankle injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons wideout Julio Jones was limited in Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, reports ESPN.com. Atlanta is preparing to face the Lions on Sunday in London.

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