ATLANTA (AP) — In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Atlanta Falcons are 5-7 and still in the hunt for the NFC South title.
The reality is they could be so much better if they weren’t 4-5 in one-possession games.
ATLANTA (AP) — The loss of star tight end Kyle Pitts for any extended period is going to be hard on the Atlanta Falcons.
Pitts, who went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Chicago Bears, isn’t just a threat in the passing game.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons are still under .500 and still in the thick of the NFC South race.
Younghoe Koo's 53-yard field goal gave Atlanta the lead with less than two minutes to play and the Falcons overcame another impressive game from Chicago's Justin Fields to beat the Bears 27-24 on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Arthur Smith quickly put an end to speculation that extra time between games for the Atlanta Falcons would provide an opportunity for the coach to make a change at quarterback.
ATLANTA (AP) — Two losses in five days have left Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith again fielding questions about quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Falcons are 4-6, falling out of a first-place tie in the weak NFC South.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons were one of the NFL’s feel-good stories the first month the season.
But any NFC South title aspirations might be starting to slip away from the Falcons after three losses in four games, including a disappointing 25-15 defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
The worst division in the NFL gets a prime-time matchup when the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons meet for the second time in less than two weeks on Thursday night.
Despite a losing record, the Falcons (4-5) are in the mix for first place with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) in the NFC South.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have remained consistent in their commitment to running the ball without becoming predictable.
Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley says that's why the surprising Falcons are leading the NFC South.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Bo Nix is fitting right in at Oregon with flashy plays and gaudy stats.
The transfer from Auburn is even getting some Heisman buzz with 31 touchdowns so far this season -- 20 via pass and 11 more on the ground.
ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota just wanted another chance to pull out a victory after he threw an interception on the first possession of overtime.
Three plays after C.J. Henderson returned the pick 54 yards, it still looked bleak for Atlanta as Carolina sent out kicker Eddy Piñeiro to try a winning 32-yard field goal.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are rebuilding.
The Carolina Panthers are in a major state of flux.
ATLANTA (AP) — For Marcus Mariota, the loss of confidence was the biggest blow.
He'd experienced so much success, from winning the Heisman Trophy to being the No.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota doesn’t spend much time dwelling on the past.
Yet this was a week the Atlanta Falcons quarterback couldn’t ignore.
Three years ago, at this very point in the NFL season, Mariota was benched by the Tennessee Titans.
ATLANTA (AP) — There may be no better opportunity for Marcus Mariota to prove he can be more than a bridge at quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons than in this week's matchup with San Francisco and its top-rated defense.
ATLANTA (2-2) at TAMPA BAY (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, FOX
BETTING LINE: Buccaneers by 9½, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
SEATTLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota and Geno Smith are living similar NFL lives these days.
Both have been cast off and discarded by other teams in the past. Both are currently with franchises in some mode of rebuild.
Call it a Comeback Sunday the NFL hasn’t seen in years.
The Dolphins and Cardinals made history by overcoming 20-point halftime deficits to win on the same day while the Jets rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final two minutes.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons have not found a way to win in two games filled with near-equal portions of encouragement and frustration.
The Falcons showed resiliency in trying to rally from a 28-3 deficit on Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Atlanta has only two players on its roster who played in the 2017 Super Bowl, when it squandered a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots and lost in overtime.
On Sunday, this young, new group of Falcons nearly made 28-3 mean something entirely different.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have named Drew Dalman as their starting center for Sunday's opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Dalman was listed as the starter in the team's depth chart released Tuesday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons hope they are a good match.
The Falcons needed a quarterback after cutting ties with the longtime face of the franchise, Matt Ryan.
Enter Mariota, who needed a place to jump-start a career that hasn't come close to meeting expectations since he was picked No.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-10)
New faces: QB Marcus Mariota, WR Drake London, CB Casey Hayward, WR Bryan Edwards, RB Damien Williams, OLB Lorenzo Carter, LB Rashaan Evans, OG Elijah Wilkinson, P Bradley Pinion, OL Germain Ifedi, QB Desmond Ridder, RB Tyler Allgeier.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (10-8)
NEW FACES: Coach Josh McDaniels, GM Dave Ziegler, WR Davante Adams, edge Chandler Jones, CB Rock Ya-Sin, DT Bilal Nichols, CB Anthony Averett, LB Jayon Brown, RB Brandon Bolden, DT Andrew Billings, WR Mack Hollins, WR Keelan Cole, S Duron Harmon, FB Jakob Johnson, DT Kyle Peko, CB Darius Phillips.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is feeling — and playing — like a starter again.
After leading Atlanta to scores on two of his three drives in the Falcons' 24-16 loss against mostly New York Jets backups Monday night, Mariota appears to have strengthened his hold on the quarterback job.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Joe Flacco and the rest of the New York Jets' starters might have to get comfortable on the sideline Monday night.
Coach Robert Saleh said Saturday he's unsure what the team's plan is for who'll see the field — and for how long — in the Jets' preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Desmond Ridder has heard stories from NFL training camps where four or five quarterbacks line up for snaps, adding pressure to make the most of every repetition.
There's no shortage of snaps for Ridder at the Atlanta Falcons' camp.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Coach Arthur Smith wants to see improvement from last year’s 7-10 record even though conventional wisdom says the Atlanta Falcons will backslide in 2022.
The Falcons began training camp Wednesday with a roster that has only a few positions settled.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have wrapped up the last of their nine-man draft class just ahead of training camp by agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract with quarterback Malik Willis.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Desmond Ridder has impressed himself — and coach Arthur Smith — with his ability to quickly absorb the Atlanta Falcons' playbook.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Feleipe Franks took full advantage of his 6-foot-6 frame to reach high for a touchdown pass from rookie Desmond Ridder on Thursday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed wide receiver Cameron Batson, who comes to the team with connections to coach Arthur Smith and quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Batson, 26, had 22 catches for 197 yards with two touchdowns in three seasons with Tennessee, including two with Smith as tight ends coach and offensive coordinator.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is saying all the right things about mentoring Atlanta Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder.
Mariota would prefer to perform that mentoring role as the Falcons starter.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — On a draft night the Atlanta Falcons focused on their defense, adding two edge rushers, the new name in the quarterback room stole the show.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took 42 selections Friday before a second quarterback was taken in the NFL draft. And it was a proven commodity in college, Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder.
A full 54 spots after Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh went 20th to the Steelers on Thursday night, Ridder was taken by Atlanta.
A dearth of premier passers in the upcoming NFL draft meant the quarterback carousel spun faster than ever this spring.
Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Marcus Mariota, Carson Wentz, Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Lock and Deshaun Watson all changed teams in 2022.
The Las Vegas Raiders signed quarterback Nick Mullens to be the backup to Derek Carr on Monday and brought back defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins for a fifth season with the team.
Mullens has made 17 starts for San Francisco and Cleveland since being signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota has already addressed the most immediate issue with his new team.
He'll wear No. 1 for the Atlanta Falcons, not his usual No. 8.
Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Pitts already had Mariota's preferred number.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts acquired quarterback Matt Ryan in a trade Monday with the Atlanta Falcons.
Indy will send a third-round pick, No. 82 overall, for the longtime Falcons star.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts may have found another short-term answer at quarterback by trading for Matt Ryan.
How much longer the soon-to-be 37-year-old, four-time Pro Bowler sticks around isn’t clear.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (10-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Casey Hayward, DT Johnathan Hankins, DT Quinton Jefferson, QB Marcus Mariota, WR Zay Jones, DT Solomon Thomas, RB Jalen Richard, DT Darius Philon, CB Brandon Facyson, LB K.J.
The Las Vegas Raiders placed backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on injured reserve Saturday after he hurt his quadriceps on his only snap in the season opener.
Mariota came on for one play in the first quarter for the Raiders in Monday night's 33-27 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With Derek Carr skipping Las Vegas' preseason opener and Marcus Mariota nursing a leg injury, third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman stepped on the field Saturday night against the Seattle Seahawks with a chip on his shoulder.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans benched Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill in mid-October after a 2-4 start...
The best of college football will be on display Saturday night in Baltimore.
Well, if you believe the Heisman Trophy represents the top player in the college game, then consider that five of the winners will be there when the Titans visit the Ravens...
NEW YORK (AP) — Born into a family of Cornhuskers and raised in the Buckeye state, Joe Burrow left his roots behind and became a Heisman Trophy winner at LSU...
Remember the Titans? You'd better do so.
The Tennessee Titans suddenly look like world beaters...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr has silenced the questions of his long-term viability as the starting quarterback for the Raiders by looking once again like the quarterback who was one of the top young passers in the league back in 2016...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are running out of time to address their offensive line woes with the preseason winding down.
The Titans, who will be without three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan for the first four games of the regular season, gave up seven sacks Sunday night in an 18-6 loss to Pittsburgh in their third exhibition game.