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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Mike Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th95.6 (26th)280.0 (7th)
Defense31st128.0 (24th)280.8 (30th)

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Falcons swap out safeties
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Falcons signed safety Charles Godfrey and waived safety Sean Baker, the team announced.

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Falcons coach Mike Smith not worried about job security
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday he has no concerns about his job security after the Falcons blew a 21-point halftime lead Sunday against the Lions, extending their losing streak to five games and dropping them to 2-6 on the season.

"None whatsoever," Smith said Monday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We are going to do what we’ve done last the six-plus years and prepare each and every week like we know how to do it and I’m going to continue to do that until Mr. (Arthur) Blank tells me otherwise."

Blank, who is the team owner, expressed his frustration Sunday after the Falcons couldn't hold a three-touchdown lead against Detroit.

"You’re up 21-0," Blank told The Constitution following the game. "There’s no way you lose that game -- just no way. There’s nothing else I can say."

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Fantasy Analysis | 1414356334
Falcons start well, finish like usual
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Falcons defense actually looked good to start out Week 8 in London, shutting out the Lions through the first half. But it showed its true colors in the second half, allowing Detroit to come back from a 21-0 deficit with a game-winning field goal as time expired.

In all, the Falcons gave up 22 points on 385 yards, which was still good by their standards. Their lack of big-play ability on the defensive side of the ball came back to bite them again, though. They had no sacks and one interception.

Apart from Week 3 against Tampa Bay, when they ran up the score on a Thursday night, the Falcons DST hasn't offered much to get Fantasy owners excited. It's on bye in Week 9, but even with another matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 10, you'll probably want to leave it on waivers.

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Not enough reasons to buy Steven Jackson
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons running back Steven Jackson had his best rushing performance of the season Week 8 against the Lions in London, when he ran for ... all of 60 yards.

But wait, he also scored a touchdown, just his third of the season. And his 18 carries were also a season high.

So ... 3.3 yards per carry is all it takes to get us excited these days?

That's how far Jackson has fallen in Fantasy. Compared to just about every other game he's had this year, this one seems like something to celebrate, but if he hadn't scored that touchdown, you would have been as disappointed as ever. In standard CBSSports.com leagues, he would have had just six Fantasy points, and by only a yard at that. And he wasn't at all involved in the passing game.

That's part of the problem as well. The Falcons have four different running backs they like to use, and they're not even a run-first team. Their favorite way to use Jackson is when the scoreboard allows them to play ball control, which was the case in Week 8, when they led until the Lions' go-ahead field goal as time expired. But at 2-6, they're not often able to do that.

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Falcons K Matt Bryant not asked for much in London
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was not asked to do much in a Week 8 defeat to the Lions in London. Bryant did not have a field goal attempt and added three extra points in a 22-21 defeat. He has converted 8 of 10 field goal attempts this season.

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