Saints out to protect NFC South lead vs. Falcons

The New Orleans Saints hold sole possession of first place in the NFC South. But that can change quickly — even as soon as Sunday when they visit the second-place Atlanta Falcons. The Saints (5-5) and the Falcons (4-6), who are tied with Tampa Bay, are both coming off bye weeks, which gave them an opportunity to evaluate themselves heading into the stretch run. New Orleans coach Dennis Allen said the Saints have been “a

Kyler Murray expected to return as Cardinals host Falcons

Following a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Atlanta Falcons hit the road looking to snap a two-game losing streak against an Arizona Cardinals team that may welcome back star quarterback Kyler Murray on Sunday. Atlanta (4-5) benched Desmond Ridder in favor of Tyler Heinicke prior to the game against Minnesota but lost for the third time in four games behind the late-game heroics of Joshua Dobbs, who was acquired five days earlier at

Vikings, Falcons face off with new faces at quarterback

After losing their team leader to injury, the Minnesota Vikings will turn to a rookie quarterback when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota (4-4) faces its first game since Kirk Cousins went down late in last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Cousins quickly was diagnosed with a torn right Achilles tendon, ending his season. Jaren Hall, a rookie fifth-round pick out of BYU, stepped in for Cousins and completed 3

Falcons aim to curtail mistakes vs. sub-.500 Titans

Two teams going in opposite directions collide Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons invade Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans. Desmond Ridder had three red zone fumbles in a thrilling 16-13 road win over Tampa Bay last Sunday, but Atlanta (4-3) has won two of its last three games and is sitting atop the NFC South. Meanwhile, the Titans (2-4) are coming off a bye week after losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens,

Falcons’ Desmond Ridder starting to find stride with Commanders up next

Desmond Ridder will look to build off his best passing performance of the season when the Atlanta Falcons host the struggling Washington Commanders on Sunday. Nearly one week after reporters asked Atlanta coach Arthur Smith if he would move in a different direction with his QB1, Ridder connected with 10 different receivers and passed for a career-high 329 yards in the Falcons’ 21-19 comeback win over the Houston Texans last Sunday. The second-year pro completed

C.J. Stroud, Texans try to keep it rolling at Falcons

Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Sunday when the red-hot Houston Texans visit the struggling Atlanta Falcons. After an 0-2 start, Houston (2-2) has won two straight games behind a suddenly potent offense led by rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. In last week’s impressive 30-6 win over Pittsburgh, Stroud passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He also set an NFL rookie record by not throwing an interception in his first 151 pass