At the Falcons' complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., an outpost about 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta with the oversized condos and the oversized beds for the players right on campus. The Falcons had a walkthrough this morning on a quiet Sunday, then followed up with a spirited practice (
In the Falcons' cafeteria, which always serves food with a southern touch, I had the roasted chicken breast with a peach glaze and chunks of Georgia peaches atop the chicken. Tossed salad (romaine) with light ranch, and a G2. Now that's a lunch of champions right there. No bad peaches either -- fresh and delicious. Grade: A-minus.
Six of the first seven games will match Matt Ryan against fellow first-round quarterbacks: Peyton Manning (home, Week 2), Philip Rivers (away, Week 3), Cam Newton (home, Week 4), Robert Griffin III (away, Week 5), Carson Palmer (home, Week 6) and Mike Vick (away, Week 8, after a Week 7 bye). And the final six games come against franchise quarterbacks too. What does it mean? Falcons fans, be glad GM Thomas Dimitroff upgraded the secondary with Samuel.