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2-0, 1st in NFC South
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FPI projects Falcons at Lions one of week's best

In this week's only matchup of 2-0 teams, ESPN's Football Power Index projects the Falcons as slight favorites and the best team in the NFC.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons' injury report: Coach Dan Quinn already ruled out both Vic Beasley and Courtney Upshaw vs. Lions. Ryan Schraeder's status uncertain, so Falcons preparing Ty Sambrailo at right tackle.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan talks about facing a familiar face in Lions LB Paul Worrilow, who was the Falcons' leading tackler for three consecutive seasons.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Ryan Schraeder (concussion protocol) won't participate in practice today.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Desmond Trufant named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. The Falcons cornerback had a 15-yard fumble return for a TD and also had an interception to set up a touchdown in the Falcons' 34-23 win over the Packers. Trufant, a one-time Pro Bowler, back this season after missing the last half of 2016 following pectoral surgery.

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Falcons, Broncos surge in Power Rankings as Cowboys tumble (1:00)
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Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Let's be optimistic

The Falcons shook their 28-3 demons (for now). The Chiefs are living up to the Week 1 hype. Even the Jets have a reason to hope. Here's how our experts stack all 32 teams after two weeks.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn addresses the injuries to Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring), Courtney Upshaw (ankle), and Ryan Schraeder (concussion). He ruled out both Beasley and Upshaw for next Sunday's game at Detroit but went no further with a timeline.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

``Really a complete team in all three phases. I think we all know Stafford and the strength that he has. ... Defensively, very good tacklers.'' Dan Quinn said about the next opponents, the Detroit Lions.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

In replacing Vic Beasley (hamstring) rushing off the left edge, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said rookie first-round draft pick Takk McKinley will be up first, with Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby also lining up off the left edge vs. Detroit next Sunday. Quinn said no immediate roster moves to enhance the pass rush such as adding Dwight Freeney or promoting J'Terius Jones from the practice squad.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said top pass rusher Vic Beasley (hamstring) will be out this week vs Detroit. He didn't want to put a timeline on it. Courtney Upshaw (sprained ankle) also out this week. Ryan Schraeder in concussion protocol.

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Losing Beasley creates huge void

Among players with 1,000 snaps since the start of 2015, only Khalil Mack has accounted for a higher percentage of his team's sacks than Vic Beasley Jr. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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No sign of a hangover yet in Atlanta

The Falcons are just the fourth team this millennium to start 2-0 after losing the Super Bowl the previous season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. However, one of the other three teams failed to make the playoffs, while the remaining two each lost in the divisional round.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons first-round pick Takk McKinley on the possibility of having to rush off the left edge rather than right, with Vic Beasley (hamstring) expected to be sidelined a month: ``I did both in college and when I got here, it was mostly right. I'm pretty sure in practice I had a few reps on the left side. It's just getting back adjusted and getting ready to rush on both sides.''

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Source: Falcons' Beasley Jr. has hammy tear

Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. will be sidelined at least a month because of a hamstring tear, a source confirmed to ESPN. Beasley had a league-best 15.5 sacks last season.

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Strong start goes a long way

The road to the playoffs already looks much easier for the Broncos, Chiefs, Falcons, Panthers, Raiders, Ravens and Steelers. Since the postseason field expanded to 12 in 1990, 63 percent of teams to start 2-0 have made the playoffs.

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Can the Falcons get back to the Super Bowl? (1:54)

Team Stats

Passing Yards265.58th
Rushing Yards102.517th
Points For28.58th
Points Against20.015th

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