The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta Falcons.
Falcons will have a busy offseason
The Falcons, who finished 7-10, will have a busy offseason as they try to remake the roster, retain their deserving free agents and build out the team around quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons had one of the worst point-differentials (minus 146 points) in the league and must fix their offensive and defensive lines. We take a look at their storylines to help you get set up for a busy offseason.
Falcons laid foundation in 7-10 season
After committing a rash of turnover, the Falcons loss 30-20 to the Saints in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcons coach Arthur Smith believes the team learned how to win close games and that they laid the foundation for some tough, physical and competitive football in the future. Also, Smith made it clear that Matt Ryan is in their plans and Ryan wants to return to the Falcons.
Saints march in needing a win to reach playoffs
(TIME CHANGE ALERT: Saints at Falcons will be a 4:25 p.m.) The Saints, with Taysom Hill at starting quarterback, need to beat the Falcons to keep their playoffs hopes alive. The Saints also need a loss from the 49ers to wrap up the seventh seed in the NFC. Falcons coach Arthur Smith wants to win the game and sweep the Saints for the season and spoil their playoff plans.
Falcons fall to Bills in the snow
The Atlanta Falcons put forth a major battle, but eventually went down 29-15 to the Buffalo Bills on a snowy day in Western New York. The Falcons led 15-14 at halftime, but could build a lead when they had the opportunity on the Buffalo 25-yard line. The offense sputtered and the defense could stop the run as the Bills pulled away with two sustained touchdown drives in the second half. The Falcons were officially eliminated from the playoffs.
Can the Falcons upset the Buffalo Bills?
With a chance to inch closer to the playoffs, the Falcons (7-8) are set to face the Buffalo Bills (9-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Falcons must figure out how to score against the top ranked overall defense in the league and how to control dual-threat quarterback Josh Allen and his Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Bills safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde lead the salty defensive unit.
Foye Oluokun saves the day for the Falcons
Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun intercepted a Tim Boyle pass in the final minute of the game to preserve the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons improved to 7-8 on the season and won their first game of the season at their home stadium. Also, Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts turned in a big game with by catching all six of his targets for 102 yards and broke Tony Gonzalez' franchise record for most yards by a tight end in a season.
Entertaining and funny
Bedletter does his best to bring us the latest falcons news. I like the cheesy production of this podcast. It sounds like he’s in the hallway coat closet. And he does his best to keep the noise down. But that rawness is what makes this fun. Keep up the great work.
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The best Falcons podcast!
D-Led does a great job of being fair and honest, while also looking at things from the Dirty Bird fans' point of view. He also has great nuggets from and about the opposition. The Bow Tie Chronicles is like my private pre-game show during the fall on Sunday mornings during my long run on the Silver Comet Trail. I look forward to it every week!
Great podcast, but...
Love the podcast overall. Always informative, however the audio quality is really poor at times. Listening to it in the car the volume tends to be all over the place, especially the player interviews.