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Mike and Cory are back to break down the Falcons’ first loss of 2017 (well, second, technically…).

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The ailing Atlanta Falcons laid a goose egg in their second home stand of 2017 against the resurgent Buffalo Bills, and Mike Aprile and Cory Woodroof of Rise Up Reader are here to talk about it.

The fourth installment of The Falcoholic Postgame Podcast deals with this unfortunate blot on the otherwise-promising first four games of the Falcons season. Mike and Cory discuss what went right, what went wrong and how indicative this is (or … hint, hint … isn’t) of the team’s future fortunes.

On the roster for today’s podcast:

  • How the team continued to fare on offense despite sustaining key injuries
  • How Tevin Coleman and Wes Schweitzer were positives on offense from the loss
  • Why the defense isn’t doing half bad (even on an off day)
  • How Ricardo Allen’s loss was felt in the secondary
  • Why it’s not time to worry about the 2017 season (yes, seriously, we had to go there)

You can listen through the SoundCloud player below:

For more, you can find The Falcoholic podcast on iTunes, the Google Play store and Stitcher. You can find an RSS feed here.

You can also follow Mike on Twitter at @RiseUpReader and Cory on Twitter at @CoryWoodroof47.

Programming note: Mike and Cory will be taking a bye week along with the Falcons — look for The Falcoholic Postgame Podcast to be back after the team takes on the Miami Dolphins.

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The Atlanta Falcons will look to make it out of their regular season dress rehearsal healthy.

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We’re only an hour away from kickoff for the third preseason game, which will pit the Falconsagainst the Arizona Cardinals. The starters should get plenty of run, there will be a glimpse of Julio Jones, and the defense will finally be tested by a living, breathing starting quarterback. For one half, at least, it should be a fun game.

If you’ll be watching it along with us, be sure to check out the key info below, and then check out our Twitter tracker. Let’s hope for a healthy, productive Falcons team when all is said and done, as we do for every preseason game.

Falcons vs. Cardinals 2017 preseason info

Time: Saturday, August 26, 7 p.m. EST

Channel: CW69

Announcers: Justin Kutcher/Coy Wire

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

OddsThe Falcons are 4 point favorites

Prediction: Falcons win, 31-20

Opposition: Revenge of the Birds

Twitter: @TheFalcoholic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheFalcoholic

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A sampling of the photos and observations from the brand new stadium.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium is officially open for business, with Falcons fans filing in to watch a preseason game against the Cardinals, enjoy some Chick-fil-A, and of course marvel at the team’s gorgeous new home.

In case you can’t be there yourself—like most of us here at The Falcoholic—here’s what your fellow Falcons fans (and members of the media) are seeing, hearing, and doing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Atlanta Falcons are suddenly a team in the spotlight. It would be fair to say that over the course of my ten years running The Falcoholic, we as fans have spent much more time complaining about how the national media was overlooking us than complaining about how much attention our favorite team is getting. That’s changed pretty quickly.

The upside of that change is that we’re suddenly hearing nice things about our team, getting more in-depth stats and pieces than we might have gotten in years past, and we get the occasional celebration of what it means to be a fan of this franchise. For the latest and greatest example of that phenomenon, I point you to this NFL.com piece from Adam Rank.

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Atlanta’s six man draft class is settled, and the common thread seems to be that the team selected high-upside players at positions of need, as we’ve previously noted.

There is another thread that binds these players together though, as the astute Aaron Freeman noted.

You’ll recall that Falcoholic draft guru Charles McDonald predicted the Falcons would prioritize the three cone drill and the broad jump for their draft class, particularly on defense, and he was proven prophetic. The team prizes the broad jump because it shows a player’s ability to explode through contact, something that every player in every unit needs to be able to do for Dan Quinn’s Falcons. The fact that this class hews along those same lines speaks volumes as to how important it is for Atlanta.

As you take a look at the incoming crop of undrafted free agents, it will be worth taking a closer look at their broad jumps to see which players best fit the athletic profile this team loves. A couple of them may wind up being on the 2017 Atlanta Falcons roster.

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