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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Wednesday, Sept. 29

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Links of the Falcons variety? Yeah, we got those to start your Wednesday.

What we learned

What did we learn from Atlanta’s sloppy-yet-gritty road victory over New York? For starters, the defense appears capable of making stops in critical situations. It’s early, but that’s certainly an improvement from the last few seasons.

Youth movement

There was much consternation after the first two debacles to start the season, particularly focused on left guard Jalen Mayfield and punter Cameron Nizialek.

HC Arthur Smith elected to stick with both after their objectively terrible games — and he was rewarded in kind with solid performances against the Giants in Week 3.

Smith doesn’t appear afraid to cut it loose with the younger guys, and that could pay dividends moving forward.

Tips o’the cap & scratches o’the head

Sunday’s contest against the Giants was simultaneously infuriating and enlightening. This team was able to cobble together a road win in a game that they really had no business being in for the first three quarters.

With that, we roll out our hat tips & head-scratchers from Week 3.

Post-win roundtable

So how did The Falcoholic staff feel after Atlanta’s 17-14 win over New York? Check the roundtable discussion.

Presser notes & snap counts

The big takeaways from Arthur Smith’s Monday afternoon press conference, as well as the snap counts and notes from Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

Week 4 depth chart released

The Falcons released their initial depth chart ahead of Week 4’s game against Washington.