clear
Friday November 17th, 2017 6:20PM

Falcons only .500 at midpoint, say confidence unshaken

By The Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons players are guarded against letting four losses in their last five games rattle their confidence.

The Falcons (4-4) have fallen to .500, two games behind NFC South leader New Orleans.

Atlanta's offense shows little resemblance to the unit which led the league in scoring last season. The Falcons have scored no more than 17 points in any of their losses, even though quarterback Matt Ryan has most of the same weapons from last year's Super Bowl season.

At the midpoint of the season, Atlanta is trying to recapture last season's winning formula. Center Alex Mack said that's no reason to look for changes.

"I think the key is just to try to do what you do, trust in the process you have," Mack said Wednesday. "What we've been doing has been good. We just need to make a couple more plays. I don't think anything drastic needs to change."

The Falcons need a quick turnaround in the second half of the season if they hope to return to the playoffs. That sense of urgency could lead players to press.

It's a concern for coach Dan Quinn, who wants his players to avoid "white-knuckling" as they prepare for Sunday's visit from the Dallas Cowboys.

"Sometimes with more pressing, more white-knuckling, you lose the focus and that's what you really want to avoid getting into," Quinn said.

Atlanta's offense has done a better job moving the ball than scoring. Ryan is seventh with 2,157 yards passing but only tied for 16th with 11 scoring passes .

Quinn said the struggles, which continued in last week's 20-17 loss at Carolina , forced him to ask "is our process right in terms of getting all the preparations and details right."

Added Quinn: "If it is we've got to stick to that course and don't waver off of it. If it's not, then what part of your game can you improve on moving forward."

Quinn said he told players they "have got to have the conviction to stay on course and do better."

Safety Ricardo Allen says players aren't losing confidence.

"The tone was we know what we can do," Allen said of the message in Monday's team meeting. "We know as a team what we're capable of. Just go out there and do our job. Just give a little more, take it to another level.

"We have another whole half of the season. Get it rolling. Get the small things right."

Allen said he's seen no frustration or panic from Quinn.

"No, he never does," Allen said. "For him to stay so level-headed, that's what makes you want to keep fighting for him. You know that he really believes in us and he knows that we can get it done, and we will."

NOTES: PK Matt Bryant (right calf) did not practice Wednesday. With Bryant's status for Sunday's game still uncertain , the Falcons re-signed PK Mike Meyer to the practice squad. Meyer made three of four field goal attempts in the preseason. Meyer was released before the season and then was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 11 for one week when Bryant was slowed with a back injury but did not miss a game. ... QB Garrett Grayson was released from the practice squad. ... LB Duke Riley (knee) did not practice but is "getting closer" after missing two games, according to Quinn. ... WR Julio Jones (lower leg) also was held out.

___

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week
HealthCare.gov sign-ups top 600k in first week; nearly 8 in 10 are returning customers
10:12PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Despite Trump's scorn, early 'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k
Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to take down "Obamacare," more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.
10:10PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Senate GOP tax bill would delay biz cut, undo deductions
The Senate unveils its version of the Republicans' high-stakes tax overhaul with billions in tax cuts for people and corporations and repeal of the federal deduction for state and local taxes.
10:07PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
For Holcomb: US gets 3 medals in World Cup bobsled opener
The U.S. bobsled team, racing for the first time in two decades at a World Cup without Steven Holcomb in the program, has turned another page
7:03PM ( 3 hours ago )
Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson 1st to interview for manager
Rob Thomson is the first candidate to be interviewed to replace the New York Yankees manager
6:12PM ( 4 hours ago )
Doctor: Hernandez's brain was severely damaged by disease
A researcher says former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior
5:25PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Sports
NFL expects Goodell contract extension to be finalized soon
The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
4:13PM ( 6 hours ago )
Colts release Vontae Davis after publicly airing complaints
The Indianapolis Colts have released two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis
2:44PM ( 7 hours ago )
APNewsBreak: Most reported concussions occur on pass plays
APNewsBreak: A video review of 459 reported concussions sustained during the past two seasons has found far more such injuries have occurred on passing plays
10:35AM ( 11 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Gas prices decreasing in Georgia
The average gas price in Georgia has decreased more than 30 cents over the past month.
7:50AM ( 3 weeks ago )
Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia reopens to traffic
A key section of interstate highway through Atlanta has partially reopened, six weeks after a highway bridge collapsed because of a large fire.
7:41PM ( 5 months ago )
Cagle promises 500,000 new jobs in Georgia governor campaign
Casey Cagle will launch his campaign for governor on Sunday with a pledge to add half a million new jobs in Georgia in four years if voters choose him to replace term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.
12:11PM ( 6 months ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
Cowboys' Elliott mum amid more legal limbo over 6-game ban
Ezekiel Elliott skipped his weekly media session because of more legal limbo in the star Dallas Cowboys running back's fight over the NFL's six-game suspension on alleged domestic violence
9:13PM ( 1 day ago )
AP source: Jones threatens Goodell deal after Elliott ban
An AP source says Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a dispute sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence
9:10PM ( 1 day ago )
Ramsey has remorse for not getting 'money's worth' vs Green
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has remorse for not getting 'money's worth' vs A.J. Green
7:25PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NFL
'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week
HealthCare.gov sign-ups top 600k in first week; nearly 8 in 10 are returning customers
10:12PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Despite Trump's scorn, early 'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k
Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to take down "Obamacare," more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.
10:10PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Senate GOP tax bill would delay biz cut, undo deductions
The Senate unveils its version of the Republicans' high-stakes tax overhaul with billions in tax cuts for people and corporations and repeal of the federal deduction for state and local taxes.
10:07PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Asian shares follow Wall Street lower on US tax cut delay
Asian shares sank Friday, following declines on Wall Street after a proposed delay to U.S. tax cut plan dented investor sentiment
10:07PM ( 17 minutes ago )
China, US sign more business deals during Trump visit
China and the United States have signed multibillion-dollar business deals during President Donald Trump's visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing's trade policies
10:03PM ( 21 minutes ago )