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    ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is likely to miss the next game against the New York Giants after straining his right hamstring making a 57-yard field goal. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that the Falcons are going to bring in another kicker by the time they return to practice this week. Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team at the end of the preseason, is among the candidates to fill in for at least one game. The 43-year-old Bryant is one of Atlanta's most reliable offensive weapons. He has made all nine of his field goal attempts this season, including three from at least 50 yards. His long kick Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helped clinch a 34-29 victory. But Bryant immediately grabbed his hamstring, hobbled off the field and headed straight to the locker room. The Falcons (2-4) face the New York Giants (1-5) next Monday night. ___ For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • ATHENS — College football games between relatively evenly matched teams can often come down to a handful of plays, with momentum playing a large role in the outcome. The LSU-Georgia game on Saturday in Tiger Stadium was no different, the Bayou Bengals prevailing 36-16 over the previously undefeated Bulldogs. Both teams had their strengths, but they had also shown their deficiencies leading up to a high-profile clash that drew the largest college football game rating last weekend. LSU did a better job of exposing the Bulldogs’ weaknesses than Georgia did the Tigers. Here are the three key moments that played a large role in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game 1. Georgia’s failed fake field goal Perhaps the biggest play of the game in hindsight, as Georgia had ran the ball nine straight times for 60 yards before two incomplete passes put the Bulldogs in position for a field goal attempt. Kirby Smart said the staff knew before the game they were going to run a fake if they saw an LSU alignment they felt they could take advantage of, and the Tigers presented that look on Georgia’s second drive. “They were like 15 of 17 (88 percent) with a look that it would work on,” Smart said, explaining why the Bulldogs passed on a 31-yard field goal attempt at the 3:28 mark of the opening quarter, down 3-0. “We wanted to be aggressive.” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Georgia’s fake field goal did indeed surprise him. “ It surprised me, 10 yards to go, it surprised me,” he said. “But we always have a guy for the fake. We have eyes. And when you’re playing for the field goal block, you have to have your eyes on your man, not on the field goal kicker. Tremendous discipline.” 2. LSU’s 47-yard run on third-and-1 Tiger Stadium erupted again on the final play of the first quarter on the ensuing drive after Georgia had lost its initial momentum with the fruitless fake field goal. The game within the game was LSU’s offensive line vs. the Georgia front seven, and this was the first short-yardage battle of the game, third-and-1 at the Tigers’ 46. RELATED: Kirby Smart challenges defense to ‘knuckle up’ at LSU The Bulldogs were not gap sound, and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 47 yards to the UGA 7 to set up a TD that made it 10-0. It was only the second run of longer than 20 yards Georgia had given up all season. The play gave the Tigers the confidence they needed to go for it on four other fourth-and-1 situations against the Bulldogs, all of which they converted in back-breaking fashion. “At the end of the day,” Smart said, “you don’t win the line of scrimmage in this league, you won’t win the football game.” Orgeron, meanwhile, said LSU was still smarting from its 27-19 loss at Florida the week before. The Tigers coach was intent to make amends after electing to kick a field goal from the Gators’ 15-yard line on a fourth-and-inches situation in the second quarter with that game tied at 7-7.. “We were throwing out the kitchen sink, man, everything we had, we did,” Orgeron said, asked about the decision to go for it on four fourth downs against Georgia. “All week, we talked about being aggressive. I was a little pissed at myself for not going for it against Florida down there fourth and half an inch.” Third-and-6 sack in fourth quarter Georgia trailed 19-9 when it took over at the LSU 38-yard line with 14:39 remaining, Mecole Hardman having broken loose on a 27-yard punt return after the Bulldogs’ defense turned the momentum by forcing LSU to go three-and-out. RELATED: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia football A jet sweep call for Hardman was stopped for no gain, and then Justin Fields was brought in to handoff to third-string tailback Brian Herrien for 4 yards, bringing up the third-and-6 at the 34. Georgia was still within Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal range when Jake Fromm took the snap, but the veteran QB failed to make a play — instead taking a 9-yard sack that took the Bulldogs out of field goal range. “Some of those you’ve got to escape and get rid of the ball, there’s a lot of pressures they run that are hard to pick up, and I was very concerned with that coming into the game,” Smart said. “But I didn’t think it was the protection as much as it was making decisions quicker, getting rid of the ball quicker, and at the end of the day, don’t be in third-and-long.”   LSU, its crowd still roaring from the sack, responded with a six-play, 86-yard drive to go up 26-9. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU         The post Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 803 (Oct. 15, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s handling his quarterbacks. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs Beginning of the show: Georgia lost Saturday vs. LSU and UGA quarterback Jake Fromm didn’t have a good game. This will increase calls from some fans to see more of the backup quarterback, freshman Justin Fields. There’s a debate to be had about whether Fromm or Fields is the right choice for UGA, but what isn’t debatable is that UGA coach Kirby Smart’s decision making about his quarterbacks is becoming more controversial. I’ll talk more about that subject on today’s show. 10-minute mark: I’ll share audio of Smart addressing the quarterback situation. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s Chip Towers joins the show. Some of the topics dicussed include… Chip’s thoughts on the quarterback situation Whether the Bulldogs were guilty of abandoning the running game Saturday The strange decision to fake a field goal — which backfired on UGA and seemingly generated momentum for LSU And where UGA goes next with Florida looming in two weeks 30-minute mark: I react to the top SEC games of the weekend — including Florida’s win against Vanderbilt, Auburn’s loss to Tennessee, Alabama’s potentially costly victory over Missouri and more. 35-minute mark: I’ll talk more about why Georgia’s running backs — including Elijah Holyfield — weren’t used more Saturday despite putting up impressive stats. End of show: I update the Gator Hater Countdown and thank DawgNation for making DawgNation Invasion a fun weekend. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Around the Dawg House will bring you daily updates from what people and publications are saying about Georgia,  from inside and outside of Athens. National Media comes down hard on Georgia, Kirby Smart after LSU loss As just about every Georgia fan knows by now, the Bulldogs got stomped out on the road by LSU, 36-16 on Saturday. And naturally some in the national media have asked a ton of questions with regards to Kirby Smart and the Georgia football offense. Paul Finebaum went on SportsCenter on Sunday morning to explain his thoughts on what Georgia must do to get back into the playoff picture. Georgia is now the No. 8 ranked team in the country. “It’s tempting but I’m not going to,” Finebaum said on if he was going to write off Georgia. “If they can get back together again, and they did this last year after just getting eviscerated by Auburn, and almost won the national championship…What about Justin Fields? Everyone else is moving towards a younger, more mobile quarterback. Why isn’t Kirby Smart, because the schedule is going to get more problematic.” Georgia’s next two games are both on away from Sanford Stadium and both Florida and Kentucky are currently ranked opponents. As for the quarterback situation, Jake Fromm completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts while also throwing two interceptions. Fields, Georgia’s freshman quarterback, did not have a pass attempt in the loss. ESPN’s Chris Low made a similar point to Finebaum on Sunday as well. “They recovered a year ago after their loss at Auburn, but will be hard-pressed to do so again this year given some of their sloppiness and inconsistency on offense,” Low wrote. “They still have to play at Kentucky and Florida in Jacksonville. And get ready for a ton of questions about the Dawgs’ quarterback situation, too.” Both what Finebaum and Low said was pretty valid. However neither went as far as USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who stated that Alabama would never lose a game like Georgia did against LSU, while taking a shot at the UGA fan base. Alabama never loses games like that. They just don’t,” Wolken wrote. “And even though Georgia is always going to have really good players and a high blue-chip count, the combination of talent and experience that got the Bulldogs to the brink of a national title last season was not something you can replicate every year. And when you go up against other teams with really good players, especially on the road, sometimes bad stuff happens. “For a fan base that was undeservedly starting to get that invincible feeling, this was a crash back to a world of personnel problems exposed and coaching gripes empowered.” If you want to bash the football team for not being Alabama, that’s fine. No time is Alabama and the Georgia fans didn’t really compare their current run of success to what Alabama has done. But to go after the Georgia fan base just seems weird and sort of unnecessary, even if the point of his whole column is to rank how miserable each fan base is at the moment. Smart and the Bulldogs will have time to regroup following the loss as the Bulldogs are off this week, before heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 11 Florida on Oct. 27. Best stories from around DawgNation Winners and Losers from Georgia’s disappointing loss at LSU On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny Freshman report on UGA football: LSU 36, Georgia 16 Georgia takes big drop in AP Poll after loss to LSU Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw warning signs, couldn’t avoid LSU trap LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia The post What the national media had to say about Georgia after its loss to LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the organization has agreed to terms on a two-year contract for manager Brian Snitker. The contract does include a third-year club option for 2021.  Snitker took over as manager for the Braves in 2016 and led the team to their first National League East Division title in five years this season.  Here is the full statement from the Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta #Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season: pic.twitter.com/CsReyEyU9x — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 15, 2018 TRENDING STORIES: Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation President Trump to view storm damage in Georgia Atlanta police seize drugs and guns from a popular food mart Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons, including three seasons as manager for Triple-A club in Gwinnett.  The National League 'Manager of the Year' candidate, who turns 63 on Wednesday, owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.
  • Georgia eased past UNC Asheville, 20-7, in a 14-inning exhibition victory on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 361 at Foley Field.  The visiting Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first, putting across three runs in the top of the second inning after a hit-by-pitch, walk and three singles.    Georgia wasted no time on answering with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Riley King, Kaden Fowler, Patrick Sullivan led off the inning with consecutive doubles. After Tucker Maxwell reached on a bunt, Tucker Bradley cleared the bases with a home run shot into the trees beyond the right-center field wall.  Another five run inning followed for the Bulldogs in the third, giving Georgia a healthy 10-3 lead. Jon Cable and Sullivan scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively, while a groundout roller to first by Fowler allowed King to score. The other two runs came off RBI singles from Cam Shepherd and LJ Talley.   At the extended seventh inning stretch, the score read 12-5. Georgia struck first after the reset with a RBI single from King that scored C.J. Smith. UNC Asheville scored two in the ninth inning to cut its deficit to 13-7.    Chaney Rogers found the right field bleachers off the bounce in the 11th for a RBI ground rule double that scored Talley.    King finished off his impressive day with a grand slam that landed in the camera stand just past the center field wall. King went 4 for 7 with two doubles and five RBIs. Bradley finished 3 for 5 with a home run, stolen base and three RBIs. Georgia amassed nine doubles on the day.   Georgia used 13 pitchers in which 10 threw a scoreless inning. Tim Elliot and Riley Crean registered three strikeouts each in their one inning of work. Darryn Pasqua closed out the day on the mound with two strikeouts in one inning.   The contest concluded the fall exhibition series, however the Bulldogs will compete in the annual Bulldog World Series, a three-game intersquad affair, occurring Nov. 2-4.  Coach's CornerIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin  On the run production today... 'I thought we had some really good at-bats early. Innings one-through-four, I thought our guys were pretty locked in. We had good at-bats – almost every single guy went in there and battled and had good at-bats. Late in the game we did that too. I think the first four innings and the last four innings, I thought we were awfully good offensively. We took advantage of some things that they gave us – we got some walks, and they made a couple errors. Good teams take advantage of those things, so I thought early and late we were very good offensively.'   On what to improve on as fall practice continues... 'The bottom line is we gave up too many free passes. We walked or hit 17 guys today. We played 14 innings, that's a long day, but that's too many free passes, and that's going to come back to haunt you. So we have to be better in the strike zone. A lot of young guys out there getting their first taste of college baseball, so it was to be expected a little bit, but that needs to clean up. We need to throw more strikes; we need to be more aggressive in the zone. If we do, I think our pitching staff can be really, really good, when we put everybody together. A lot of young guys went out there, with some mixed results. Some guys were very good, some guys have a lot of work to do. More than anything, we've got to throw strikes.' Player's Perspective RS-Soph. 3rd #31 Riley King  On his approach at the plate... 'Coach has been preaching staying even, and just going with your gut. Staying even, not trying to get too hot, not trying to get too low. Just going in there with a lot of confidence. It's been a big thing for me...this year, I'm going up there with a lot more confidence.'   On the benefit of fall scrimmages as a hitter... 'Every week, we see the same guys (on our team). So being able to see new arms is pretty good – seeing different arm slots, different angles. Just getting the confidence against other people. When you see the same guys over and over, they start learning you, so being able to see a new pitcher is a good experience for sure.”
  • BATON ROUGE, La. — Dave Aranda is the highest paid coordinator in college football, and Saturday afternoon the LSU   defensive wizard earned his $2.5 million annual salary by throttling Georgia’s multifaceted offense. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said in the days leading up to LSU’s 36-16 win over the Bulldogs that it would be a chess match, and the coaching moves from both staffs were on display. Georgia marched 60 yards on nine consecutive run plays on its second offensive series, displaying a dominant run game that seemed to bode well for the afternoon before an ill-fated fake field goal attempt changed the momentum. The Bulldogs managed just 17 yards on their next seven carries, LSU forcing three consecutive three-and-out series in pulling away to a 16-0 halftime lead. WATCH: LSU coach Ed Orgeron says physical football in Tigers’ DNA “You know they started running the football on us in the first quarter, (and) Dave (Aranda) made some adjustments,” Orgeron said. “Dave did a great job. We mixed up the personnel groupings that we use. We gave them some stuff that they didn’t see. Obviously, everything was built on stopping the run and the deep pass, and we did it. “We were playing one certain defense, and it wasn’t working. And we changed to play another one, and it worked.” Georgia, with its two-headed monster at quarterback, it’s four-man tailback platoon and double-digit receiver rotation, could not strike the right combination. The same versatility that has made the Bulldogs a tough matchup for an opponent worked against coach Kirby Smart — Georgia had no offensive identity to lean on when times got tough. “We were in four-open sets and we were running the ball really well and we drove down there and … we kind of stayed with that the next drive,” Smart said, asked why the Bulldogs abandoned the run. “We actually went back to it (the run). They changed some things up and it wasn’t working as well.” It put quarterback Jake Fromm in a difficult situation, with LSU running different looks than it had shown all year, making Georgia’s celebrated offensive line appear ineffective and overmatched at times. “We were just taking advantage of what they were giving to us,” said Fromm, who was sacked three times and pressured on several others, “and then they started kind of taking that away later in the game, and we started slinging the ball around a little bit.” Orgeron said the key  adjustment involved changing up the defensive fronts, creating different angles, with Aranda expertly mixing in different personnel to create problems for the Bulldogs. “We challenged our defensive line, especially (nose tackle) Ed Alexander,” Orgeron said. “That’s one of the best centers (Lamont Gaillard) we’ve seen. I thought he (Alexander) played one of his best games today. ” Smart said in the days leading up to the game he respected Aranda, his words foretelling. “ Dave Aranda is one of the premier defensive coordinators in the country, we look at what he does week to week, they do a tremendous job, always looking for new ideas, he’s a guy you look at,’ Smart said. “So for us, we’ve got to keep our quarterback’s upright. We’ve got to keep them in the pocket. Can’t get our offensive line confused.” It was clear by the end of the afternoon LSU was the better prepared team, its players out-executing what had been a very focused and dominant Georgia football team through the first half of the regular season. “ They played more physical than we did, they attacked us, they did a good job, they created turnovers, we didn’t do that, we didn’t protect the ball as good as we had,” Smart said, owning the defeat. “You can look at a lot of things, and I’m perfectly OK with that. We’re gonna look at a lot of things, and how we can get better.” Georgia dropped to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll with the loss, and No. 6 in the Coaches’ Poll. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia planned ill-fated field goal early in the week Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU   The post On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Falcons are dedicating today’s game against Tampa Bay to Dylan Thomas, who died from injuries suffered in a Pike County High School football game on Sept. 28. Thomas’ family and teammates will be part of the flag crew during pregame activities.
  • Welcome to  Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia football news and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. Winners and loser from Georgia football’s game against LSU Loser: Jake Fromm, sophomore quarterback We’re not going to get into the larger quarterback discussion and what might happen with Justin Fields. We’re just going to focus on what happened this past Saturday. And in the LSU game, Jake Fromm was just not good enough. The stat line wasn’t good (16 of 34 for 209 yards and interception) and watching the game, it felt like an even worse performance. The biggest concern was just how inaccurate he was, because he’s normally one of the most accurate quarterbacks in all of college football. Sure the performance wasn’t all on him. Georgia’s receivers struggled to get open for most of the day, and Georgia likely would’ve benefitted had Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift gotten more carries. Kirby Smart did defend Fromm after the game and the Georgia coach made some interesting points. DawgNation’s Mike Griffith recapped what Smart had to say about Fromm, which you can read by clicking here.  But while the final score might show a blowout, there was a chance in the fourth quarter where Georgia could’ve made it a game. Down 19-9 and the ball on the LSU 34, Georgia faced a critical third and 6. Georgia was in field goal range for Rodrigo Blankenship. The one thing Fromm couldn’t do is take a sack. But he did, despite having an opportunity to throw the ball away. Georgia punted, LSU then scored on the next drive and Georgia never got closer than that to make it a game. The loss isn’t all on Fromm, but Georgia needed him to be better than he was on Saturday. Winner: Elijah Holyfield, junior running back It might be hard to want to try and find winners after a performance against LSU, but not everyone had a bad game. Elijah Holyfield had about as good of a game as you could on just seven carries. He finished the game with 56 yards and a touchdown, Georgia’s only one on the day. Related:  Georgia’s heralded rushing attack went AWOL in loss to LSU He averaged 8.0 yards per carry against a pretty stout LSU defense. While many may not have anticipated him to be Georgia’s best running back at the beginning of the season, he’s proven so far that when Georgia needs to get three yards, he’s the man for the job. On the season, Holyfield is averaging 7.5 yards per carry, yet he has just 65 carries. That’s not even 10 per game. While some fans might want to see other players on Georgia’s offense get the ball more, Holyfield has made a pretty strong case that he’s someone who should get some more touches. Loser: Georgia’s run defense Roquan Smith somehow looks even better now that he’s not playing for Georgia. LSU seemed to burst off long run after long run on Saturday, as the Tigers finished the game with 275 rushing yards. That’s the second most in the Kirby Smart era, just one yard short of the 276 yards Louisiana-Lafayette ran for in what was a Georgia win in 2016. The biggest problem right now is that other than D’Andre Walker, who left the field with an injury at the end of the game, there isn’t a true every-down difference maker like there was a season ago. In addition to losing Smith, Georgia also is missing the efforts of guys like John Atkins, Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter. And to quote Rick Pitino, “None of those guys are walking through the door.” Georgia could turn to some freshmen like Channing Tindall, Quay Walker or Jordan Davis for more reps, but is that really an answer, given that coaching staff should know what they have in those guys? While a lot of people will want to call out the offense after the LSU game, Georgia’s run defense might be the far greater concern for a team with aspirations of winning the SEC and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff.   Winner: Deandre Baker, senior cornerback The LSU offense made a big effort to go after Georgia freshman Tyson Campbell and it largely worked. The reason LSU decided to do that it is because Baker was on the other side of the field. Baker had two more pass deflections and did nothing to lose his claim as the top defensive back in the country. While Baker’s other competitor for that honor, LSU’s Greedy Williams, also had a strong day, Baker was one of the few defenders on Georgia’s team to live up to the Georgia standard against LSU. Loser: The Georgia standard In the Smart era, Georgia has made it a point to a. run the ball, b. stop the run and c. win on special teams. On Saturday, LSU was better at all three of those things. While not every big Georgia game is going to be played in Death Valley, the Bulldogs just can’t lose in all three aspects like it did against the Tigers. The fake field goal was just dumb and Jake Camarda did not have a good day punting the ball. We’ve already highlighted the run defense’s bad day and as far as rushing the ball, if you remove Fromm’s rushing attempts and the fake field goal, Georgia averaged 5.87 yards per carry, more than what LSU did. Georgia has built itself into a juggernaut because it’s been able to do succeed in all three phases. That’s what makes Saturday’s loss so disappointing. It’s not about the quarterback situation or the play calling. It’s that LSU was able to beat Georgia by doing what Georgia does, only doing it better for all four quarters. If that combination of events happens again this season, Georgia won’t be winning the SEC or playing in the College Football Playoff, regardless of if it’s Fromm or Fields under center. Best stories from around DawgNation Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny Freshman report on UGA football: LSU 36, Georgia 16 Georgia takes big drop in AP Poll after loss to LSU Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw warning signs, couldn’t avoid LSU trap LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia Dawgs on Twitter Sony Michel is doing his best to make the sports good again and I really appreciate that pic.twitter.com/npn4VaS34q — Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) October 15, 2018 Met a @DawgNation fan at Nashville airport who flew from India for the LSU game. The passion of the fan base never ceases to amaze. Still seemed happy he got to see his Bulldogs play. Really do appreciate every one of you who take such an interest in our coverage. — Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) October 14, 2018 Always a sure thing @TG3II #DawgsInTheNFL https://t.co/Ru9nZxep9i — Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 15, 2018 I T S C O O L W E W I L L B E B A C K K K #GoDawgs — QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) October 13, 2018 Good Dog of the Day This is Milton. He’s a firefighter. Likes to drive the truck. Hoping to grow into his uniform soon. 14/10 heroic as h*ck pic.twitter.com/ZbHNTu7iap — WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) October 14, 2018 Miss a previous edition of Good Day, UGA? Get caught up  here .   The post Winners and Losers from Georgia’s disappointing loss at LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS, Ga. — Kirby Smart made it clear Georgia football isn’t ready to go away, even after a 36-16 defeat at LSU that dropped the Bulldogs to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 rankings. “T he message for us is everything we want is in front of us,” Smart said. “The key for us is to move forward. We still have a good football team. We still have an opportunity to do everything we want to do. “Every opportunity that we had before this game is still in front of us. The margin of error is just smaller. We’ve got to get better.” The Bulldogs’ odds to win the College Football Playoff championship are sure to drop from where they were last Monday, at 7-to-1 per VegasInsider. But odds and betting lines aren’t always accurate indicators, as last Saturday’s game in Death Valley proved. Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) was a 7-point favorite over LSU, largely based on the respect the team earned during its SEC championship season and College Football Playoff title game run of a year ago. This season’s UGA team has not beat an opponent that’s currently ranked in the Top 25 The Bulldogs lost several key pieces and rank as the youngest team in the SEC with more than two-thirds of the roster (68 percent) freshmen or sophomores. Still, Georgia controls its own destiny, with showdowns against Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 and at Kentucky on Nov. 3. “W e’re a team, and that we’re going to bounce back from this,” Smart told his team following the loss in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. “This is very similar to last year (losing at Auburn), we probably played better leading up to our loss last year, I didn’t think we had played as well this year.” SEC East Division co-leader and No. 11-ranked Florida (6-1, 4-1), like Georgia, has a bye this week. But upstart Kentucky (5-1, 3-1), ranked No. 14, is in action against Vanderbilt in a 7:30 p.m. game in Lexington. The Wildcats have opened as an 11 1/2-point favorite over the Commodores, according to VegasInsider.com. Vanderbilt was a hard-luck loser in Nashville on Saturday to Florida, 37-27. Kentucky, like Georgia, controls its own destiny having defeat the Gators 27-16 in Week 2. The Wildcats, whose only SEC defeat came at Texas A&M, play at Missouri on Oct. 27 leading up to their showdown with the Bulldogs. Here is the line for all of the SEC football games this week: Vanderbilt at Kentucky (-11 1/2) Alabama at Tennessee (TBA) Tulsa at Arkansas (TBA) Memphis at Missouri (-7) Auburn (-2 1/2) at Ole Miss Mississippi State at LSU (-6 1/2)   The post Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny appeared first on DawgNation.

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  • ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is likely to miss the next game against the New York Giants after straining his right hamstring making a 57-yard field goal. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that the Falcons are going to bring in another kicker by the time they return to practice this week. Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team at the end of the preseason, is among the candidates to fill in for at least one game. The 43-year-old Bryant is one of Atlanta's most reliable offensive weapons. He has made all nine of his field goal attempts this season, including three from at least 50 yards. His long kick Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helped clinch a 34-29 victory. But Bryant immediately grabbed his hamstring, hobbled off the field and headed straight to the locker room. The Falcons (2-4) face the New York Giants (1-5) next Monday night. ___ For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • ATHENS — College football games between relatively evenly matched teams can often come down to a handful of plays, with momentum playing a large role in the outcome. The LSU-Georgia game on Saturday in Tiger Stadium was no different, the Bayou Bengals prevailing 36-16 over the previously undefeated Bulldogs. Both teams had their strengths, but they had also shown their deficiencies leading up to a high-profile clash that drew the largest college football game rating last weekend. LSU did a better job of exposing the Bulldogs’ weaknesses than Georgia did the Tigers. Here are the three key moments that played a large role in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game 1. Georgia’s failed fake field goal Perhaps the biggest play of the game in hindsight, as Georgia had ran the ball nine straight times for 60 yards before two incomplete passes put the Bulldogs in position for a field goal attempt. Kirby Smart said the staff knew before the game they were going to run a fake if they saw an LSU alignment they felt they could take advantage of, and the Tigers presented that look on Georgia’s second drive. “They were like 15 of 17 (88 percent) with a look that it would work on,” Smart said, explaining why the Bulldogs passed on a 31-yard field goal attempt at the 3:28 mark of the opening quarter, down 3-0. “We wanted to be aggressive.” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Georgia’s fake field goal did indeed surprise him. “ It surprised me, 10 yards to go, it surprised me,” he said. “But we always have a guy for the fake. We have eyes. And when you’re playing for the field goal block, you have to have your eyes on your man, not on the field goal kicker. Tremendous discipline.” 2. LSU’s 47-yard run on third-and-1 Tiger Stadium erupted again on the final play of the first quarter on the ensuing drive after Georgia had lost its initial momentum with the fruitless fake field goal. The game within the game was LSU’s offensive line vs. the Georgia front seven, and this was the first short-yardage battle of the game, third-and-1 at the Tigers’ 46. RELATED: Kirby Smart challenges defense to ‘knuckle up’ at LSU The Bulldogs were not gap sound, and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 47 yards to the UGA 7 to set up a TD that made it 10-0. It was only the second run of longer than 20 yards Georgia had given up all season. The play gave the Tigers the confidence they needed to go for it on four other fourth-and-1 situations against the Bulldogs, all of which they converted in back-breaking fashion. “At the end of the day,” Smart said, “you don’t win the line of scrimmage in this league, you won’t win the football game.” Orgeron, meanwhile, said LSU was still smarting from its 27-19 loss at Florida the week before. The Tigers coach was intent to make amends after electing to kick a field goal from the Gators’ 15-yard line on a fourth-and-inches situation in the second quarter with that game tied at 7-7.. “We were throwing out the kitchen sink, man, everything we had, we did,” Orgeron said, asked about the decision to go for it on four fourth downs against Georgia. “All week, we talked about being aggressive. I was a little pissed at myself for not going for it against Florida down there fourth and half an inch.” Third-and-6 sack in fourth quarter Georgia trailed 19-9 when it took over at the LSU 38-yard line with 14:39 remaining, Mecole Hardman having broken loose on a 27-yard punt return after the Bulldogs’ defense turned the momentum by forcing LSU to go three-and-out. RELATED: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia football A jet sweep call for Hardman was stopped for no gain, and then Justin Fields was brought in to handoff to third-string tailback Brian Herrien for 4 yards, bringing up the third-and-6 at the 34. Georgia was still within Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal range when Jake Fromm took the snap, but the veteran QB failed to make a play — instead taking a 9-yard sack that took the Bulldogs out of field goal range. “Some of those you’ve got to escape and get rid of the ball, there’s a lot of pressures they run that are hard to pick up, and I was very concerned with that coming into the game,” Smart said. “But I didn’t think it was the protection as much as it was making decisions quicker, getting rid of the ball quicker, and at the end of the day, don’t be in third-and-long.”   LSU, its crowd still roaring from the sack, responded with a six-play, 86-yard drive to go up 26-9. Georgia-LSU football DawgNation Georgia-LSU top-rated television game, Atlanta market shines Kirby Smart defends Jake Fromm at LSU Georgia football saw warning signs, couldn’t dodge Tigers’ trap Why didn’t Georgia use Justin Fields more? Report card: Bulldogs bomb midterm Georgia football stock report, LSU cashes in on Dawgs mistakes Instant analysis: Georgia melts in Louisiana heat against LSU Tigers came at Georgia for four downs on each series RECAP: Scoring, injuries, news from Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU Georgia rushing attack goes AWOL in battle at LSU         The post Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 803 (Oct. 15, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about how Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s handling his quarterbacks. Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs Beginning of the show: Georgia lost Saturday vs. LSU and UGA quarterback Jake Fromm didn’t have a good game. This will increase calls from some fans to see more of the backup quarterback, freshman Justin Fields. There’s a debate to be had about whether Fromm or Fields is the right choice for UGA, but what isn’t debatable is that UGA coach Kirby Smart’s decision making about his quarterbacks is becoming more controversial. I’ll talk more about that subject on today’s show. 10-minute mark: I’ll share audio of Smart addressing the quarterback situation. 15-minute mark: DawgNation’s Chip Towers joins the show. Some of the topics dicussed include… Chip’s thoughts on the quarterback situation Whether the Bulldogs were guilty of abandoning the running game Saturday The strange decision to fake a field goal — which backfired on UGA and seemingly generated momentum for LSU And where UGA goes next with Florida looming in two weeks 30-minute mark: I react to the top SEC games of the weekend — including Florida’s win against Vanderbilt, Auburn’s loss to Tennessee, Alabama’s potentially costly victory over Missouri and more. 35-minute mark: I’ll talk more about why Georgia’s running backs — including Elijah Holyfield — weren’t used more Saturday despite putting up impressive stats. End of show: I update the Gator Hater Countdown and thank DawgNation for making DawgNation Invasion a fun weekend. The post Georgia football podcast: Kirby Smart facing tough questions about his QBs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Around the Dawg House will bring you daily updates from what people and publications are saying about Georgia,  from inside and outside of Athens. National Media comes down hard on Georgia, Kirby Smart after LSU loss As just about every Georgia fan knows by now, the Bulldogs got stomped out on the road by LSU, 36-16 on Saturday. And naturally some in the national media have asked a ton of questions with regards to Kirby Smart and the Georgia football offense. Paul Finebaum went on SportsCenter on Sunday morning to explain his thoughts on what Georgia must do to get back into the playoff picture. Georgia is now the No. 8 ranked team in the country. “It’s tempting but I’m not going to,” Finebaum said on if he was going to write off Georgia. “If they can get back together again, and they did this last year after just getting eviscerated by Auburn, and almost won the national championship…What about Justin Fields? Everyone else is moving towards a younger, more mobile quarterback. Why isn’t Kirby Smart, because the schedule is going to get more problematic.” Georgia’s next two games are both on away from Sanford Stadium and both Florida and Kentucky are currently ranked opponents. As for the quarterback situation, Jake Fromm completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts while also throwing two interceptions. Fields, Georgia’s freshman quarterback, did not have a pass attempt in the loss. ESPN’s Chris Low made a similar point to Finebaum on Sunday as well. “They recovered a year ago after their loss at Auburn, but will be hard-pressed to do so again this year given some of their sloppiness and inconsistency on offense,” Low wrote. “They still have to play at Kentucky and Florida in Jacksonville. And get ready for a ton of questions about the Dawgs’ quarterback situation, too.” Both what Finebaum and Low said was pretty valid. However neither went as far as USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who stated that Alabama would never lose a game like Georgia did against LSU, while taking a shot at the UGA fan base. Alabama never loses games like that. They just don’t,” Wolken wrote. “And even though Georgia is always going to have really good players and a high blue-chip count, the combination of talent and experience that got the Bulldogs to the brink of a national title last season was not something you can replicate every year. And when you go up against other teams with really good players, especially on the road, sometimes bad stuff happens. “For a fan base that was undeservedly starting to get that invincible feeling, this was a crash back to a world of personnel problems exposed and coaching gripes empowered.” If you want to bash the football team for not being Alabama, that’s fine. No time is Alabama and the Georgia fans didn’t really compare their current run of success to what Alabama has done. But to go after the Georgia fan base just seems weird and sort of unnecessary, even if the point of his whole column is to rank how miserable each fan base is at the moment. Smart and the Bulldogs will have time to regroup following the loss as the Bulldogs are off this week, before heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 11 Florida on Oct. 27. Best stories from around DawgNation Winners and Losers from Georgia’s disappointing loss at LSU On the beat: LSU defensive wizard outschemed Georgia’s multifaceted offense Georgia-LSU rewind: 3 momentum-changing plays in Bulldogs’ 36-16 loss Georgia football odds for title diminish with loss, but Bulldogs control destiny Freshman report on UGA football: LSU 36, Georgia 16 Georgia takes big drop in AP Poll after loss to LSU Georgia football coach Kirby Smart saw warning signs, couldn’t avoid LSU trap LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Tigers had message to send to Georgia The post What the national media had to say about Georgia after its loss to LSU appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the organization has agreed to terms on a two-year contract for manager Brian Snitker. The contract does include a third-year club option for 2021.  Snitker took over as manager for the Braves in 2016 and led the team to their first National League East Division title in five years this season.  Here is the full statement from the Atlanta Braves: The Atlanta #Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season: pic.twitter.com/CsReyEyU9x — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 15, 2018 TRENDING STORIES: Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation President Trump to view storm damage in Georgia Atlanta police seize drugs and guns from a popular food mart Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons, including three seasons as manager for Triple-A club in Gwinnett.  The National League 'Manager of the Year' candidate, who turns 63 on Wednesday, owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. Information from our partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.