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NFL Preseason Week 1: Dolphins @ Falcons
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NFL Preseason Week 1: Miami Dolphins @ Atlanta Falcons Fri. Aug 12, 2011 7:30 p.m. EST

One of the most surprising teams in the NFL last season was without a doubt the Atlanta Falcons. There was no question that the Falcons were a talented young team with a potential Pro Bowl quarterback leading the way in the form of Matt Ryan, but the consensus was that Ryan and company needed a few more seasons to come into their own and contend with the best of the best in the NFC Conference.

Despite being a young and inexperienced team, the Atlanta Falcons were playing like a veteran team with their eyes on the Super Bowl. Everyone kept waiting for this team to start to fall apart and show signs of their youth and inexperience, but it never happen and the Falcons made it into the playoffs with a legitimate shot of going the distance.

Unfortunately, even though they had a potent offense and a vastly improved defense, the Atlanta Falcons were no match for the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the playoffs as they lost in convincing fashion to Aaron Rodgers and company, 48-21.

This season Matt Ryan and company will be looking to make the next step in their journey towards becoming a Super Bowl title contender and will open their preseason against the Miami Dolphins. Even though the Dolphins aren’t exactly big threat to the Falcons, Miami does have a good defense that might test Matt Ryan’s potent offense.

One player to keep your eye on in this matchup is Atlanta Falcons’ rookie wide receiver Julio Jones. There is no question that perennial Pro Bowler Roddy White is the number one option in the offense, but the addition of Jones just makes this offense run by quarterback Matt Ryan that much more dynamic.

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