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Fact: Brian Hill can clap with his eyes closed

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Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Brian Hill has faded into the background since April’s draft. That has some fans writing him off. Meanwhile, it’s no secret, I’m a big fan of Hill. I believe he can and will adopt a prominent role in the offense once Tevin Coleman bolts in free agency. That means Hill has until the end of the 2018 season to get up to speed.

I had some bullish takes on Hill when I wrote about him in July. I still stand by said hot takes. And now is an ideal time to discuss Hill because he started practicing again this week. To be sure, Hill is technically listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. That doesn’t mean much, because he’s likely to be inactive no matter how his ankle feels. There’s just no need to rush his recovery.

For the Falcons, HIll is a long-term solution to a potential problem. Put differently, barring injury, the Falcons don’t need him … yet. If the Falcons did need him to play a meaningful role in 2017, he’d have the starting offensive line blocking for him, a luxury he wasn’t afforded during the preseason.

So what I’m saying is this: Hill’s best is yet to come. He suffered an unfortunate ankle injury in the preseason. He arguably didn’t make the most of his opportunities in preseason games, but his supporting case wasn’t ideal. He doesn’t need to redeem himself, but he will.

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THE Sunshine Coast Falcons have set up a grand final showdown with the PNG Hunters, after they smashed Redcliffe 40-14 at Dolphin Oval.

Scott Drinkwater scores a try for the Sunshine Coast Falcons against the Redcliffe Dolphins.Source:News Corp Australia

THE Sunshine Coast Falcons have set up a grand final showdown with the PNG Hunters, after they smashed Redcliffe 40-14 at Dolphin Oval.

In a stunning performance, Craig Ingebrigtsen’s side ran riot in the second half to secure their first Intrust Super Cup grand final appearance since 2009.

The Falcons scored four tries to one in the second stanza, with star halfback Ryley Jacks bagging a double.

Former Hunter Justin Olam also claimed two tries for himself, after he scored the first four-pointer of the game in the sixth minute.

The final score from the Sunshine Coast was one that few could have predicted, given Redcliffe’s form this year.

But Ingebrigtsen said his side executed perfectly to leave the Dolphins heartbroken.

“It’s a bit surreal,” he said.

Sunshine Coast Falcons players celebrate their win over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

Sunshine Coast Falcons players celebrate their win over the Redcliffe Dolphins.Source:News Corp Australia

“You start in the middle of November and you think of this as your goal, that you want to play in the grand final. Obviously only two teams go there so I’m really happy and proud of our group.

“We made sure we were clinical about what we did. The boys were outstanding on their execution.

“I can’t wait for next Sunday. I wish it was here now … we’re up for the challenge. Momentum is a wonderful thing.”

The Falcons have only won the competition once in the Queensland Cup-era, after they claimed the trophy in 2009

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The West Nest offers training and jobs to locals from the neighborhood in which the new stadium was built. It’s part of a larger job training and community investment program. Is it enough?

In The New Atlanta Falcons Stadium, One Restaurant Has A Mission Beyond Food
“I just typically want everybody to have a solid foundation but then be ready to go out and be an asset for whatever chef are going to be working with.” [Photo: courtesy Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation]

The Atlanta Falcons will kick off their first home game at the city’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 17. Regardless the outcome of the game, some residents working there already feel like they’ve pulled out a win.

That’s because The West Nest, a concession stand located on the stadium’s 300-level, will be staffed entirely by local chefs who have graduated or are currently receiving a free culinary education through Westside Works, a workforce development center that’s been created as part of team owner Arthur M. Blank’s efforts to ensure the impoverished Westside neighborhood, which flanks the stadium, gets some benefit from the new arena.

“Most of the stuff I’m learning you’d have to go to culinary school for, but this is a free education.” [Photo: courtesy Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation]

COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: FOR GOOD OR ILL

Blank, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot is doing that through contributions from his eponymous Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which helped launch the nonprofit Westside Works in June 2014. The concept is part of a package of revitalization ideas that Blank’s team committed to when inking the new stadium deal in early 2013.

The foundation, which promotes community building, had already spent $9 million on various green space and public health initiatives in the area in the decade before the deal was announced but sees the redevelopment deal as a chance to use the stadium itself as a tool for change. Still, that’s less than the public funding that’s been made available for the $1.5 billion showpiece. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the city will provide $200 million for construction through bonds being repaid through a new lodging tax, that may generate as much as $700 million to put toward stadium operations, maintenance, and debt service over the next 30 years.

To support the stadium deal, the Blank Foundation initially agreed to contribute $15 million to the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a sum that has since doubled to $30 million, according to an announcement put out the week before the home opener. The foundation has also spent several million more on other area transformation projects. All of this money is part of its plan to address systemic issues of poverty in the area by rebuilding community life there. In addition to the job training through Westside Works, there’s a new financial center to improve banking access and financial literacy, a new community center and youth leadership program, and increased law enforcement presence with police-designated housing.

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America proved to be the land of missed opportunity for the Premiership roadshow on Saturday night.

Saracens returned to winning ways with a flat victory over Newcastle as 6,271 – what seemed to be a generous official figure – turned out at the 18,500-seat stadium in Philadelphia.

The occasion itself will not live long in the memory of the Americans.

Saracens returned to winning ways in front of a generous official crowd figure of 6,271

With swathes of empty seats, the atmosphere was flat and there was no stars and stripes fanfare – in contrast to the 200-piece marching band at the college football on Friday night.

‘It’s integral to the success of this project that the game is sold out,’ said Dominic Hayes, Premiership Rugby’s commercial director, in June.

More could have been done to advertise the occasion around the city and the promoters will be back to their drawing board as they prepare the third instalment of this American series.

The second instalment of Premiership rugby will not live long in the memory of the Americans

The second instalment of Premiership rugby will not live long in the memory of the Americans

Local fans waited with anticipation to see Billy Vunipola, who has previously linked himself with a switch to the NFL, and the No 8 showed flashes of his power on a rusty return from injury.

Newcastle flanker Mark Wilson showed his England quality with early turnovers and lineout steals, but it was local boy Chris Wyles who opened the scoring for Saracens after seven minutes.

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The NFL is back, baby! The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons meet in Week 1 of the NFL season. Finding an NFL live stream can be difficult, but Decider is here to help! Here’s how you can locate a Fox Sports live stream.

The Bears are coming off of a disappointing 3-13 season, while the Atlanta Falcons look to return to the Super Bowl. Who will leave today’s game with a victory? Let’s find out!

If you’re looking to stream NFL games, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s where you can locate a Chicago Bears vs Atlanta Falcons live stream for free!

WHAT TIME DOES THE BEARS VS. FALCONS GAME START?

The Falcons and Bears matchup is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. Eastern kickoff. Keep reading to find out how you can locate an NFL live stream.

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HOW DO I LIVE STREAM THE ATLANTA FALCONS VS. CHICAGO BEARS GAME?

Looking for a Chicago Bears live stream? Today’s Falcons/Bears game will air on FOX. If you have a cable subscription, and (this is important) you are receiving the broadcast in your area, you’re all set: you can live stream Bears vs Falcons for free via the Fox Sports Go app, available on iTunesRokuAmazon Fire StickAndroid, and more. The FOX Sports Go app can be accessed on computers, tablets and connected TV devices.

If you’re a Verizon customer, you can also stream in-market NFL games airing on CBS, FOX, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, and Thursday Night Football on the NFL Mobile app, which is available to download for free via iTunes and Google Play. Read on to discover more ways to find a Atlanta Falcons live stream for free.

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The anticipated Week 1 of the NFL season finally has arrived. Here are the High five things to watch on this week’s schedule:

Hangover to watch

How the Falcons, who open the season Sunday in Chicago, react to their Super Bowl runner-up, having blown that 25-point lead to the Patriots, will be a compelling topic all season.

Will they rebound with a vengeance, determined to take what they believed was theirs a year ago? Or will they suffer from a hangover affect lingering from that loss?

The Falcons should take a hard look at their division opponents, the Panthers — who went 6-10 last season after going 15-1 in 2015, advancing to Super Bowl 50 only to lose to the Broncos.

Atlanta remains one of the most talented teams in the league, particularly on offense, where they’re led by quarterback Matt Ryan and a stable of terrific receivers, including Julio Jones. But, as many teams have learned the hard way, talent alone is not nearly enough to prosper in the NFL.

And, Ryan will play on now without his offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, who was hired as the 49ers head coach, replaced in Atlanta by Steve Sarkisian.

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Atlanta’s got 11 men to add to the squad, and they’ve only added two so far.

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Atlanta’s got a final(ish) roster to tinker with, and starting at noon today, they’ll be able to create a eleven person practice squad. The players there may or may not make a difference to these 2017 Falcons, but they’ll be able to learn and grow and hopefully contribute down the line.

It’s safe to assume we know one member of the 2017 practice squad, and that’s Alex Gray, who the team can stash for the year as part of an international player program. The second, per our sources, is safety Marcelis Branch. That leaves nine men to join the team in the next few days, and we’ll hope to know the full list soon.

Practice Squad

TE Alex Gray

FS Marcelis Branch

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The Falcons went up to the 4 p.m. deadline Saturday before cutting down to their 53-man roster.

Other than Ra’Shede Hageman getting suspended, there were few surprises, and the front office will now turn its attention to filling out their 11-member practice squad.

This is the initial group that will start out on the Falcons’ attempt to defend their NFC title and possibly return to the Super Bowl to avenge their historic loss in Super Bowl LI, when they collapsed after taking a 25-point lead against New England and lost 31-28 in overtime.

The Falcons open the regular season at the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Soldier Field.

“Man, do we love this group of guys,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I’m anxious to get started with them, for me as a coach on Monday.”

The Falcons waived safety Marcelis Branch, offensive tackle Daniel Brunskill, wide receiver Deante Burton, wide receiver Reggie Davis, guard/center Cornelius Edison, wide receiver Marvin Hall, defensive end J’Terius Jones, defensive end Chris Odom, tight end Josh Perkins, running back Jhurell Pressley, defensive lineman Taniela Tupou, defensive tackle Joe Vellano.

Defensive end Martin Ifedi, linebacker Josh Keyes and quarterback Matt Simms were waived injured. Simms must have been hurt in the final exhibition game.

The Falcons reached an injury settlement with tight end Darion Griswold, and they placed safety Quincy Mauger on injured reserve.

Hagemen went to the reserve/commissioner’s exempt list, apparently for his domestic-violence case from March 2016.

Cornerback Jalen Collins was placed on the reserve suspended list for 10 games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

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ATLANTA—The first thing you notice in Atlanta’s sparkling new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the halo, a six-story-high, 360-degree screen hanging hundreds of feet above midfield. It’s an architectural and artistic marvel, replays and stats and on-brand messaging visible from any angle. It’ll draw your eyes up there throughout a game, pulling your attention away from the field … which is a bit ironic, considering the entire ethos of this stadium is to pull you off your couch and get you inside.

The greatest rival of any NFL team these days isn’t in their own division. No, it’s in your living room, hanging on the wall. When you can set yourself up with a 60-inch HD television for about the same cost as a couple decent tickets to a single game, what’s the incentive to go to a stadium? When you can keep a close eye on half a dozen games at once, not just the one in front of you, why leave the sanctity of your own domain and bathroom?

It’s a riddle the Falcons are trying to crack Gordian Knot-style. Rather than make piecemeal improvements to an aging Georgia Dome, the Falcons blew it all up and built a brand-new palace that’s just like your living room—only much, much moreso. Twelve hundred beer taps! Two-dollar Cokes! Unlimited refills! Falcons Falcons FALCONS regalia everywhere!

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Via Yahoo Sports)

Yes, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has helped Atlanta unseat Dallas as the unofficial home of epic widescreen college football. And the arena puts Atlanta right in the front row of cities angling for a potential World Cup venue come 2026. It’ll host everything from two marquee college games this weekend to the national championship next year and the Final Four in 2020. But first and foremost, from its red-and-black color scheme to its gargantuan falcon statue out front, this is a shrine designed expressly for the most popular pro team in town.

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With a capacity of 71,000, and with nearly every seat already sold, the Falcons are already playing with house money. Every element of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, from the 100-foot-high vertical video board on the stadium’s east side to the section of seats aligned like the logo’s wings, sets up this stadium as something Atlanta has never held for very long: a true home-field advantage

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Besides Julio Jones, there may be no more explosive weapon on the Falcons offense than Taylor Gabriel. The fourth year receiver showed that the Browns made a colossal mistake when they cut him. His speed and dynamic cutting ability made him a nightmare for defensive coordinators last year. Barring any injuries, there’s no reason to think Gabriel can’t have another impressive season with the Falcons.

The Average

He hasn’t been in the league that long, so let’s take a look at what Gabriel did with the Falcons last year.

2016 – 13 games, 6 TDs

Our target number

This is tough, but we’re going to set the target number to 6.5 touchdowns.

Why he’ll go under

As good as Gabriel is, he’s not the kind of receiver that prospers in traffic. Many of his touchdowns came on “home run” plays that started outside of the red zone. Those types of touchdowns are hard to keep up at a consistent pace. Additionally, he’s arguably not even the 3rd receiver on the team (Julio, Sanu and Devonta are all ahead of him) so his opportunities will still be relatively limited.

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