QB corner: Falcons’ Desmond Ridder on the Cardinals’ defense

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Here’s what rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder had to say about the Cardinals, the Falcons’ opponent at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

On playing against Cardinals’ J.J. Watt: “He’s going to be amped up, ready to go. He wants to finish his career on a high note. I know our guys up front are going to love that challenge of taking him on.”

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On preparing to face ILB Isaiah Simmons: “Yeah, No. 9 on (defense), he flies around. He can play nickel, safety, linebacker and line up on the (defensive) line. He can play a little bit everywhere. It’s really about not keying in on one person, but seeing how the defense reacts overall from the different places that he’s at on the field at different times of the game.”

On finishing the season strong: “There are a lot of teams who might have some guys who once you don’t make the playoffs or you see your team is out of it, some guys that might lull off and figure out where they’re going on vacation and everything. That’s one thing that we’re trying not to do here. …We talked about how (in) these next two games we want to finish strong, not only to see success for our team but for next season as well.”

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Atlanta Falcons 2022 schedule

Sept. 11 Saints 27, Falcons 26

Sept. 18 Rams 31, Falcons 27

Sept. 25 Falcons 27, Seahawks 23

Oct. 2 Falcons 23, Browns 20

Oct. 9 Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

Oct. 16 Falcons 28, 49ers 14

Oct. 23 Bengals 35, Falcons 17

Oct. 30 Falcons 37, Panthers 34 OT

Nov. 6 Chargers 20, Falcons 17

Nov. 10 Panthers 25, Falcons 15

Nov. 20 Falcons 27, Bears 24

Nov. 27 Commanders 19, Falcons 13

Dec. 4 Steelers 19, Falcons 16


Dec. 18 Saints 21, Falcons 18

Dec. 24 Ravens 17, Falcons 9

Jan. 1 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.

Jan. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, TBD