Falcons Routed 29-7 by Ravens

Mike Smith's time in Atlanta is coming to an end.  (Gail Burton)

Mike Smith’s tenure as head coach in Atlanta is coming to an end. (Gail Burton)

Matt Bryant’s 57-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter bounced off the crossbar with a doink as if to signify the end of the Atlanta Falcons’ 2014 season.

The Falcons extended their losing streak to four after coming up short 29-7 to the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta is now 2-5 with an 0-4 record on the road.

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Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens Preview

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson)

After losing a key home game to the Chicago Bears last week, the Atlanta Falcons – riding a three-game losing streak – hit the road again to take on the Baltimore Ravens.

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Falcons lose 27-13 to Bears in must-win home game

Julio Jones didn't have his best game. (John Bazemore)

Julio Jones didn’t have his best game. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons used to be seemingly unstoppable at home. There was an aura of invincibility whenever the Falcons were in the Georgia Dome hosting an opponent.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears Preview

Devin Hester status is questionable heading into Sunday's game against his former team.(Ann Heisenfelt)

Devin Hester status is questionable heading into Sunday’s game against his former team. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Atlanta Falcons already face a must-win game, and it’s only Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season.

The Falcons host the Chicago Bears in what will be their only game at home in the Georgia Dome until November 23. Atlanta plays a “home” game against the Detroit Lions in London in Week 8.

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The Current State of the 2-3 Atlanta Falcons

It's gut check time for the Falcons. (Seth Wenig)

It’s gut check time for the Falcons. (Seth Wenig)

We’re only entering Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season and while there is plenty of football left to be played, there are glaring issues with the Atlanta Falcons that prompt questions as to whether or not this team will advance to the postseason.

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Falcons Blow Double-Digit Lead in 30-20 Loss to Giants

Robert Alford didn't have his best game. (Seth Wenig)

Robert Alford didn’t exactly have his best game as a professional. (Seth Wenig)

The Atlanta Falcons had a 20-10 lead in the third quarter on the New York Giants.

But the Giants scored 20 unaswered points to take get the 30-20 victory.

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Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants Preview

The Falcons have to find a way to win on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Falcons have to find a way to win outdoors on the road. (Ann Heisenfelt)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t won an outdoors road game since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 on November 25, 2012.

That losing streak was extended with last Sunday’s 41-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

This Sunday, the Falcons (2-2) go on the road once again to face the New York Giants, a team that has won two games in a row.

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Falcons Lose Hawley, Holmes for Year; Moore Placed on Short-Term IR

Joe Hawley's absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy)

Joe Hawley’s absence will be felt. (Michael Conroy)

After losing Sam Baker in preseason, the Atlanta Falcons lose two more starting offensive linemen: center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes.

Additionally, William Moore was placed on short-term injured reserve.

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Falcons Allow 558 Yards of Offense in 41-28 Loss to Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive debut against the Falcons. (Ann Heisenfelt)

Teddy Bridgewater had an impressive debut against the Falcons. (Ann Heisenfelt)

On paper, the Atlanta Falcons defense looked to be in for another huge day following the blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Minnesota Vikings were starting a rookie quarterback and were without Adrian Peterson and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Heading into the game, Minnesota had one of the league’s worst offenses.

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Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Preview

The Falcons' high-flying offense should have success against the Vikings. (Scott Cunningham)

The Falcons’ high-flying offense should have success against the Vikings. (Scott Cunningham)

Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings will be the first of a seven-game stretch in which the Atlanta Falcons play just one game in the Georgia Dome.

How the Falcons (2-1) perform in the coming weeks will serve as a good indication of what type of team they are. It could also serve as good setup for the back half of the season, as they’ll be at home for four of the final six games.

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