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Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will have the spotlight to themselves after the Orioles were knocked out of the ALCS by the Royals on Wednesday.

Fresh off throwing five touchdown passes, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is making sure his team does everything they can to prepare the right way after blowing out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.

Flacco said the biggest challenge the team will face after an easy win is "coming in here and reminding yourself and everybody to put the work in. I think that comes naturally for us, it's something we're good at doing, once you get out there on Sunday everything takes care of itself."

Concerning Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Flacco said: "We were in the same class. As long as you're still talking about us, we're somewhat relevant, so I guess that's a good thing.  It's nice to see that we are still relevant."

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh knows the Falcons will be hungry for a win after losing three in a row.

"Atlanta's good. They're going to be on turf, so they're going to be fast," Harbaugh said. "They've got big, fast receivers. They've got fast running backs, and they got a quarterback that drives the whole thing. That's an explosive football team, and we've got to be ready for them."

The Ravens will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are 0-3 on the road this season.

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Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota will be sending out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for his first career start after veteran Matt Cassel was injured last weekend and ruled out for the remainder of the season.

"It's a lifelong dream to play and start in this league," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said of Bridgewater making his first start.  "It's a really special day; it's one that you'll never forget.  I think Teddy will do a great job."

Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that facing a rookie quarterback will be tough for his defense.

"We've got a challenge in my mind with an athletic quarterback to be able to keep him in the pocket," Smith said after Monday's practice.

"He is very athletic. ... He was able to make some plays with his feet. That's another dynamic. ... I think you'll see they want to put the ball in his hands and give him some run-pass options. That's one of his strengths, the ability to extend plays, and he did a great job as a college quarterback extending plays. We'll have to do some different things in preparing for him, in regards to pass rush and pass-rush lanes."

Atlanta is averaging 34.3 points per game this season and Ryan went 21 of 24 and threw three touchdowns in their 56-14 rout of the Rams last Thursday.

"They've got a lot of weapons," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said.  "We're going to have to do a great job of being in the right place.  We have to make sure we're in the right position of coverage all day."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes. Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.                                                    

Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.

"It's tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor," Hester said. "I'm kind of emotional right now."Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) - Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) - Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) - 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Matt Bryant's 52 yard field goal 1:43 into overtime clinched the Atlanta Falcons 37-34 victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints had the ball first in overtime, but receiver Marques Colston fumbled the ball, allowing the Falcons the chance to win on a field goal. Before overtime, it was the Matt Ryan show: the Falcons quarterback threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the win. "He's played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well." Julio Jones was on the receiving end of many of Ryan's passes. After missing most of last season with a broken foot, Jones returned to the field catching seven balls for 116 yards. Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) - New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) - Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) - Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) - Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) - OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) - Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) - New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) - OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) - Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) - Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) - Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) - Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) - New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) - Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) - Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) - San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) - Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) - San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

New York Yankees 10 (61-54) - Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59) 

Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) - San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51)

Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) - Washington Nationals 6 (62-52)

Houston Astros 4 (48-68) - Texas Rangers 3 (45-70)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) - Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70)

Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) - Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63)

Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) - Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62)

Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) - Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1)

Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) - Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1)

Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1)

New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1) 

Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) - Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1)

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Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White.

White's new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons.

"I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,'' White told ESPN.com. "Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don't want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I'm going to be here for the next four years.''

The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth.

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Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with the loss of a defensive starter before training camp has even started as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The team had been holding out Weatherspoon from organized team activities as he recovered from a knee injury. He apparently was running with the medical staff when he suffered the injury.

"We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon," coach Mike Smith said in a statement. "Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery."

Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he's entering the final year of his contract with the team, leaving his future in Atlanta up in the air.

The 26-year-old Weatherspoon has played just 16 games in one season in his four NFL seasons.

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Panthers Sign S Thomas Decoud to Two-Year Deal

Panthers Sign S Thomas Decoud to Two-Year DealKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- The Carolina Panthers signed safety Thomas DeCoud to a two-year contract on Thursday. DeCoud, 29, played his previous six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, making the Pro Bowl in 2012. "Thomas provides a vete...

Falcons Sign Lowery and Wilson

Falcons Sign Lowery and WilsonLeon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson on Tuesday. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Lowery was originally selected by the New York Jets out of San Jose State in the fourth ro...

Falcons Sign Returner Devin Hester

Falcons Sign Returner Devin HesterAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After eight years with the Chicago Bears, returner Devin Hester has agreed on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Even at age 32, Hester remains one of the best return threats in the entire NFL and cou...

Brent Grimes Agrees To Four-Year Contract With Miami Dolphins

Brent Grimes Agrees To Four-Year Contract With Miami DolphinsNFL Shield(MIAMI) -- The Miami Dolphins agreed to a four-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes on Monday.  The deal is worth $32 million, which includes $16 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN. “I am thrille...

Falcons Have Faith in 2014

Falcons Have Faith in 2014David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- After finishing 4-12 this past season, the Atlanta Falcons are hoping for better results in 2014. Falcons' owner Arthur Blank addressed the state of the team on Monday and said he believes the team c...

Panthers Hold Off Falcons, 21-20, Clinch NFC South

Panthers Hold Off Falcons, 21-20, Clinch NFC SouthStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Panthers (12-4) defense delivered on the road and the team clinched the NFC South title with a 21-20 win over the Falcons (4-12) on Sunday. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tossed two touchdown passes and gave...

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/23/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/23/13Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: San Francisco 49ers 34 (11-4) - Atlanta Falcons 24 (4-11) NBA: Indiana Pacers 103 (22-5) - Brooklyn Nets 86 (9-18)  Charlotte Bobcats 111 (14-15) - Milwaukee Bucks 110 (6-22) - Overtime Detroit Pistons 115 (14...

Niners End Their Stay at Candlestick Park With a Win

Niners End Their Stay at Candlestick Park With a WinThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- NaVorro Bowman made sure the San Francisco 49ers' final regular-season game at Candlestick Park was a win. Bowman's pick-six with 1:10 remaining sealed the 49ers' 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons Mo...

Tony Gonzalez Looking Forward to Final Monday Night Game

Tony Gonzalez Looking Forward to Final Monday Night GameMike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just two games remain in Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez' NFL career. Gonzalez and the Falcons will play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night in the last game ever at Candlestick Park. The 17-year veteran, deci...

Packers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, Defeat Falcons 22-21

Packers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, Defeat Falcons 22-21Elsa/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- Don't tell the Packers they're out of the playoff hunt. After trailing in the first half, Green Bay rallied to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 on Sunday. With the win, the Packers still remain in the mix for the ...

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13Chris Graythen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) --  In a battle that featured two teams heading in opposite directions this season, the New Orleans Saints came out on top. Drew Brees tossed a pair of first half touchdowns as the Saints edged the Atlanta Falc...
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