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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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More than 50 artists contributed works to the new $1.5 billion arena—including the largest bird sculpture in the world.

Gábor Miklós Szőke, Rise Up, the world's largest freestanding bird sculpture, at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Courtesy of Gábor Miklós Szőke via Instagram.
Gábor Miklós Szőke, Rise Up, the world’s largest freestanding bird sculpture, at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Courtesy of Gábor Miklós Szőke via Instagram.

Stadium art is officially a thing. Joining ranks with the San Francisco 49ers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Miami Dolphins, the Atlanta Falcons are incorporating contemporary art into their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The arena, which opens August 26, will boast over 180 specially commissioned works, including pieces by Nari Ward, Hank Willis Thomas, and Steven and William Ladd.

The centerpiece of the collection is undoubtedly Gábor Miklós Szőke’s massive steel sculpture Rise Up, which the artist claims is the largest freestanding bird sculpture in the world. The massive falcon, perched atop a 13-foot-tall bronze football, is 41 feet high, with a wingspan of 70 feet. The over-73,000-pound artwork, which stands in front of the stadium, is nothing less than an engineering marvel, as tall as a four-story building.

“I have always liked to spark a reaction,” said Szőke in a statement, calling the commission “a special honor.” According to CNN, however, he almost missed the opportunity, as the initial email from the stadium group went to his spam folder.

Gábor Miklós Szőke bird statue at Groupama Arena Budapest. Courtesy of Groupama Arena Budapest/Marcell Katona via Wikimedia Commons.

Gábor Miklós Szőke bird statue at Groupama Arena Budapest. Courtesy of Groupama Arena Budapest/Marcell Katona via Wikimedia Commons.

The sculpture was built in Budapest and shipped to the US in four sections—it is made up of over 1,000 laser-cut individual pieces. It took more than 150 people over a year to construct, but for Szőke, the time and effort was well-worth the final result. “It looks a little like a transformer, ready and waiting to take flight,” he said.

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The first bold prediction of the 2017 season comes from the Miami Dolphins and their leading receiver Jarvis Landry.

Miami’s two-time Pro Bowler told a London crowd over the weekend that the Dolphins will sweep the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots this upcoming season. Landry followed up his comments in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s “Monday Morning Quarterback.”

“If you’re a competitor, that’s the way you should feel, and I don’t mind saying it,” Landry said. “It’s time for a change. I have all the respect in the world for the Patriots, and I respect Tom Brady tremendously. But they’re not our big brother anymore.”

Despite Miami going 10-6, New England swept the Dolphins in two games last season. The Patriots also have won the AFC East Division eight consecutive years and 14 of the past 16 seasons.

According ESPN Stats & Information, the Patriots are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t been swept by a divisional opponent in a single regular season since 2002 (current division format). Every other team has at least three such instances.

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As the fan base unleashes one collective eye roll, the Dolphins are at the NFL Combine vetting possible picks for the offensive line. An organization that spent three of its last six first-round on linemen and committed more money to that unit than all but five teams last season needs help up front.

Spending an early-round selection on a lineman might sound boring, and the very thought that the o-line remains unsettled despite the resources dedicated to that group lately is a bit jarring, but Miami is making a responsible move by reworking its line.

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Arian Foster signs deal with Miami

Arian Foster signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins on Monday, saying he is starting “a new chapter of my life.”

The deal is worth $1.5 million and includes incentives that could bring its total value to a maximum of $3.5 million, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Foster’s agent, Mike McCartney, announced the news Monday afternoon when he tweeted congratulations to the former Houston Texans star.

Foster, a four-time Pro Bowl running back, discussed why he joined the Dolphins later in the day on a conference call.

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