(12/14/14) The Falcons were on a nice roll defensively before visiting the Packers, one of the league's most prolific offensive teams, in Week 14, but unfortunately, they couldn't get back on track Week 15 against the Steelers. They allowed 27 points on 398 yards, recording just one sack with zero takeaways.
That gives the Falcons a total of two sacks and zero takeaways in their last two games. They had seven and 11 in their previous four.
You'd only want to use the Falcons DST when it has a favorable matchup, and that certainly isn't the case Week 16 at New Orleans. The Falcons allowed 34 points on 472 yards to the Saints in Week 1.
Falcons S William Moore deemed questionable for Week 15
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/14) Falcons strong safety William Moore was officially designated as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, per the team's official website. Moore was unable to practice all week due to a foot injury. He has registered 22 combined tackles and two forced fumbles this season. Moore will likely test his injury leading up to kickoff.
Moore suffered the injury Week 14 against Green Bay. He has registered 22 combined tackles and two forced fumbles this season. It appears as if his status won't be determined until Sunday prior to kickoff.
Falcons DST no help against Packers
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/9/14) The Falcons DST, which had been on a nice run recently in standard CBSSports.com leagues, averaging 10.8 Fantasy points with favorable matchups against Arizona, Cleveland, Carolina and Tampa Bay the last four weeks, came back down to earth against a prolific Packers offense Week 14 at Green Bay. The Falcons allowed 43 points on 502 yards, recording one sack with zero takeaways.
It was the first time the Falcons allowed more than 40 points in a game since Week 4 at Minnesota. The Vikings were also the only other team to put up more than 500 yards against the Falcons.
Though the Falcons DST has shown it can make the most of a favorable matchup, it's still one of the weaker units in Fantasy and figures to be exposed again Week 15 against Pittsburgh.
Falcons coach Mike Smith: Paul Soliai will practice Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/14) Falcons coach Mike Smith told reporters Monday he expected to have defensive tackle Paul Soliai back at practice Thursday, leading up to Sunday's game against the Packers in Week 14, reports the team's official website. Soliai missed Week 13 against Arizona due to a death in the family.
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The Falcons are hoping that a swap to the 3-4 scheme and a beefed-up defensive front will translate into more defensive success in 2014. Atlanta added defensive linemen Tyson Jackson, Paul Soliai and rookie Ra'Shede Hageman to its three-man front and brought in safeties Dwight Lowery and rookie Dezmen Southward to help support a secondary that struggled last season. Last year the Falcons gave up over 2,100 rush yards along with 31 passing touchdowns while racking up just 32 sacks and 10 interceptions. Questions about where their pass rush will come from still persist but this should be an improved unit, particularly with Devin Hester assigned to return kicks and punts. Still, the Falcons begin the year with the Saints and Bengals, so that early-season schedule makes them a little nerve-racking. When they play the Bucs, Vikings and Giants in Weeks 3 through 5 then they could be considered a better option. So don't draft the Falcons DST -- look for them off waivers.