Falcons trying to come to terms with dismal season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - These are strange times for the Atlanta Falcons. They are 2-8, have lost four in a row and are pretty well assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints (8-2). Players such as quarterback Matt Ryan have known nothing but success during their time in Atlanta.

Until this season. The Falcons have been thoroughly embarrassed during their current losing streak, getting outscored 135-61.

The latest low point came last Sunday, when they fell behind 38-6 to lowly Tampa Bay before losing 41-28. Coach Mike Smith is pondering more lineup changes after shaking things up against the Buccaneers.

He moved center Peter Konz to guard, then yanked him from the game. Also, rookie Zeke Motta took over for safety Thomas DeCoud.

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