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“All Gas, No Brakes.”

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Facons excel at coming up with new ways to motivate themselves under Dan Quinn, and one of the ways they’ve done so is multiple slogans, mantras, and inspirational sayings that help to rally the team together. Personally, I’m a fan of the latest one.

The “All Gas, No Brakes” slogan neatly wraps up Dan Quinn’s entire philosophy, but it actually originated with linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. The Falcons are a team that wants to fly around the field, never stop running, and maybe play right up to the whistle and juuuuust a little beyond. Ricardo Allen lends us some more context below.

Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen talks about the team’s latest slogan of “All Gas, No Brakes” going into Sunday… 

 coach Dan Quinn breaks down the “All Gas, No breaks” slogan the team has embraced. LB LaRoy Reynolds came up with it.

After a little bit of a sluggish effort against the Bears, especially on the offensive side of the ball, this particular motto is a good one to embrace against an aggressive, attacking Packers team. Green Bay put up 21 points in the NFC Conference Championship Game (against 44 points for Atlanta!) and just 17 points against the Seahawks in Week 1, so speedy, effective play on both sides of the ball could make this one easier than expected.

Just, you know, don’t drive like that.

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Potentially a huge year for Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham

With the NFL kicking off this Thursday night, you can feel the excitement in the air. From this week on there will be football on every Sunday until February. With that being said, the Arizona Cardinals play the Detroit Lions this Sunday in Detroit at 1pm EST.

There’s a lot to be excited about this season. Something that I’m excited for this year is to see how Jermaine Gresham performs. Gresham played in all 16 games last year and played well towards the end of the season. Specifically in a four game stretch last year in weeks 11 through 14.

I feel like there’s potential for him to have a somewhat bigger role this year than the previous two he’s been a Cardinal. Gresham has been in a sense underwhelming since coming to Arizona. It’s easy to just write him off as peaked and in a regression of his career, but Bruce and Kiem resigned him to a new contract for a reason.

Last year the Cardinals were looked at as Super Bowl contenders. We were heavily favored to win the NFC after retaining the same roster from 2015 and added pieces to be better in 2016. As you saw last year, that didn’t end up being the case.

The Cardinals started off slow at the start of the season and took themselves out of playoff contention by mid-season. It was around mid-season when something however did change, the offense began to get going in a more effective manner.

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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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As the 2017 NFL Season gets closer, more and more player performance lines come out in Vegas. What are some popular prop bets for the New England Patriots?

While the New England Patriots mantra has long been team first and individual accomplishments second, the actions suggest that there is at least some consideration given to how the players stat line looks. With that in mind, here are four props that are out there and which end of the scale to lean towards.

Patriots Total Regular Season Wins – Over/Under 12.5 Wins

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Patriots are not a sure thing to hit the over in this number. Normally when the numbers are released there are calls of disrespect from fans saying that the number is too low but in this case, the odds makers are right on the money. Over the past seven seasons, the Patriots have won 14, 13, 12, 12, 12, 12 & 14 games so the recent trends suggest this might be a season to take the under.

With a tough schedule against the AFC and NFC South there are plenty of opportunities for the team to drop games, particularly during the three-game stretch of road games in December. Working in favor of the under is the fact that 10 wins will be enough to take the division once again and 12 will be enough for a first-round bye. On the other hand, this is a team that appears to be coming in on a mission similar to their 2004 season where they became the last team to successfully defend their title. Realistically, based on the team that they have assembled and the coaching staff on hand, this should be one to take the over on.

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Palmer’s return, a swap of tackles, Smokey’s health among the subjects under microscope

Some of those in question heading into training camp (clockwise from top left): WR John Brown‘s health, QB Carson Palmer‘s bounceback, TJared Veldheer‘s flip and QB Blaine Gabbert‘s roster status.
The Cardinals head to training camp – their first practice is a week from Saturday – hoping their season can be a lot more like 2015 and not with the stumbles of 2016. The Cards are older than last season, and are filling in a handful of holes left by departed free agents. But (assuming health), there is still a feeling they can compete in the NFC. That doesn’t mean they don’t have questions to answer as they begin preparation for the season:

Can Carson Palmer find some of his 2015 magic?

The quarterback is close to the end of his career. How close, no one knows – not even Palmer. His 2016 season wasn’t what he wanted, and definitely a step back from how he played in 2015. But there were circumstances beyond Palmer that played major factors – pass protection and inconsistent receivers among them. Palmer now is coming off an offseason when he threw much less than previous offseasons, in an effort to save wear-and-tear on his arm. Now we’ll see if it makes an impact. He finished the season playing well, and his statistics when the Cards could protect him were noticeably better. As with most teams and their quarterbacks, Palmer is the linchpin.

The Green Bay Packers have seen their share of 2017 predictions with the season just a few months away. But the Packers have yet to see what Pro Football Focus thinks of the defending NFC North champions.

Until now.

PFF recently released its first set of 2017 projections and the Packers are projected to finish third in the NFC with a 10-6 record. The two teams that will finish better than the Packers in the NFC are the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons.

Here’s what PFF’s Nathan Jahnke had to say about the Packers.

Similar to the Cowboys, the Packers had an unsatisfactory end to the season with a blowout loss to the Falcons. They lost T.J. Lang, who was top five in pass-blocking efficiency for guards over the last two seasons, but replaced him with Jahri Evans, who was top 10. Year after year, they’ve been a division favorite who can make a run in the playoffs. Some of their key players are getting older, including two free agents over the age of 30, but this season should result in similar success.

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As the Patriots approached the 2016 postseason, much was made about the lack of offensive firepower they encountered during the regular season, (not-so-affectionately referred to as tomato cans).

The 2017 season is shaping up to be much different, thanks in part to the fact that the Patriots will square off against the AFC West and NFC South, where many teams boast a higher caliber of quarterback than the Patriots saw in 2016.

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