Good morning, Falcons fans. It’s NFL Sunday! How good does that feel? Of course, we will have to wait until tomorrow night to see the Atlanta Falcons in action, but there won’t be another Sunday in 2015 without football. Let’s get started with the Dirty Bird Daily.
Behind the facemask: Matt Ryan — Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com
"Jay Adams goes behind the facemask of Matt Ryan to get the low down on Philly cheesesteaks, how the QB deals with traffic and what fashion tips Matt has for the regular dude."
Hester, Reed ruled out of Falcons’ opener — D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com
"Return specialist Devin Hester has been ruled out of the Atlanta Falcons’ season opener Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles."
Quinn calls Eagles ‘terrific matchup’ for defense — Charles Odum of The Washington Post
"Few coaches would look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ no-huddle offense as a desirable opening test for a defense."
Arthur Blank wants Falcons to win now — Matthew Chambers of The Falcoholic
"The Falcons roster and coaching staff have had some turnover, but have not had the typical signs of a rebuilding franchise. No major cap hits. No rookie quarterback. It does not look like team owner Arthur Blank is expecting the team to spend a few years rebuilding."
NFL Week 1 odds: 5 best bets against the spread — Brad Rowland of FanSided
"Are the Eagles really six points better than the Falcons on a neutral field? Do you really want to fade Matt Ryan in a building where he has enjoyed incredible success throughout his career? Do you trust Sam Bradford in what will be a hostile environment on Monday night?"