5 things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday

Taylor Gabriel scored two touchdowns to help the Falcons blow out the Cardinals 38-19 on Sunday. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports from the Georgia Dome.

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel scores a 35-yard touchdown against the Cardinals for a 17-10 lead during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel scores a 35-yard touchdown against the Cardinals for a 17-10 lead during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — While you were out at the gym trying to run off some of that Turkey, the Falcons (7-4) were working late Monday night to put together the game plan for the Kansas City Chiefs (8-3). The two teams play at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Tuesday:

 1. Injury report. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn suffered a knee injury against the Cardinals and there is an ESPN tweet/report, which cites unknown “sources” that he’ll be out for a month. Falcons coach Dan Quinn will give an official injury report from the team today or Wednesday. 

2. Power rankings. The power rankings are out. How high are the Falcons?

3. Defense has been hit by injuries. There’s nothing positive about the Falcons losing Desmond Trufant to season-ending surgery or the news that defensive end Adrian Clayborn reportedly also is set for a procedure. The defense has been vulnerable to big pass plays and now the Falcons will make their final push for the playoffs without their best cornerback and a key pass rusher.

4. NFL is soft, but headed in right direction. We talked to several former NFL and Falcons players including Buddy Curry, Bobby Butler, Jeff Bostic, Kevin Butler, Scott Woerner and Chuck Smith. They shared their views on the league from the slow pace of the games to the crack down on celebrations. 

5. Falcons and bestselling author Tim Green team up for Play60/Read 20 event. (I’d personally flip this to Play20/Read 60). The Falcons and the NFL have advocated 60 minutes of activity a day for kids across America to promote physical fitness. Now, the team is adding character building and education to that message. For the second year in a row, the Falcons are teaming up with NFL veteran and NY Times Bestselling author Tim Green for a PLAY60/READ20 event on Tuesday, November 29 at Lake Windward Elementary School in Alpharetta.

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GAME 10: Eagles 24, Falcons 15

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GAME NINE: Falcons 43, Buccaneers 28

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GAME SEVEN: Chargers 33, Falcons 30 in OT

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GAME SIX: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24

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Richard Sherman non-commital on pass interference non-call

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GAME FIVE: Falcons 23, Broncos 16

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Coleman amassed 163 yards to power the offense

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Kemal Ishmael moved to linebacker, led team in tackles

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GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33

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Old pro Freeney shows new trick with Falcons

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Alford battled; Collins to return

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GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32

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Keanu Neal makes strong debut for Falcons

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GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28

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Trufant’s heads-up play saves the day

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Matthews, Schraeder held Mack sack-less

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