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Falcons Rout Eagles, 30-17, Stay Undefeated

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Atlanta Falcons cruised past the Philadelphia Eagles 30-17 on Sunday to remain undefeated at 7-0.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 262 yards with three touchdown passes and the Falcons scored on their first six possessions in the rout.

"We like to have a lot of fun," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We have a very mature group. We have a bunch of guys who are mentors. We're good at focusing on the task at hand. We're on point when we kick off and guys have done a good job focusing all season."

The Falcons 7-0 start marks the first time in the franchise's 47-year history.

"We're 7-0 over here baby," Former Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel said after the win. "If I was over there now, they have to go to work."

The Eagles fell to 3-4 for the season and are now 2-2 at home in 2012.

"That was an embarrassing performance," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "I'm stating the obvious. We need to get better. I need to do a better job. This is fixable. We have the talent."

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick finished 21 of 35 for 191 yards with a touchdown and did not turn the ball over, but was still asked about his starting job.

"Whatever decision coach makes, I support it," Vick said.  "The thing I know is I'm giving it everything I got when I step on the football field."

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Matt Bryant Hits 55-Yard FG To Keep Falcons Unbeaten

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)(ATLANTA) --  Matt Bryant drilled a 55-yard field goal with one second remaining to give the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons a 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.

The Falcons overcame a sloppy game by quarterback Matt Ryan to improve their record to 6-0 and extend their best start in franchise history.

Ryan threw three interceptions in the win and struggled against the Raiders' defense.  His one touchdown pass of the game went to receiver Roddy White, who is continuing his huge season for the unbeaten birds.

Atlanta took the lead when cornerback Asante Samuel picked off a Carson Palmer pass and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown with under three minutes remaining.  Palmer led the Raiders (1-4) down the field and Darren McFadden punched in a touchdown from two yards out to tie the game at 20.

With 40 seconds remaining, Ryan made some plays to get the Falcons down the field and set up the game-winning field goal from Bryant.

McFadden finished with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown for Oakland.

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Falcons Acquire Cornerback Asante Samuel, Agree On New Contract

Jim McIsaac/Ge​tty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Eagles had a surplus of cornerbacks and the Atlanta Falcons needed to upgrade their secondary, so the two were a match made in football heaven. According to ESPN, the Eagles have shipped cornerback Asante Samuel to the Falcons in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

As part of the trade, Samuel has restructured his contract, agreeing to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Atlanta. Samuel was originally set to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.

Samuel is one of league's premier "ball hawks," racking up 45 interceptions during his nine-year career with the Eagles as well as the New England Patriots. He is a four-time Pro Bowler who will team with fellow cornerback Brent Grimes, significantly improving the Falcons secondary.

The Eagles already have cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, so Samuel, along with his high salary, became expendable.

Last season, the Falcons ranked 20th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game.

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Sources: Eagles Shopping Cornerback Asante Samuel

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Eagles are shopping Pro-Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The nine-year veteran is due $9.9 million this season.

"Anytime your name comes up, of course you're going to pay attention.  I'm not going to dwell on it or whatever.  I just know the Eagles main focus is to win a Super Bowl.  I think I'm an important part of that, we'll see how it goes," said Samuel at the Eagles voluntary workouts Wednesday.

Samuel has 45 career interceptions and led the NFC in interceptions in two of the past three seasons.

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Asante Samuel Criticizes Eagles Front Office

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During the NFL's trade deadline, the Philadelphia Eagles tried to see what they could get in a trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Apparently, that didn't sit too well with Samuel.

"Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They've probably never played football," Samuel said on Wednesday. "It's a business and they run it like a business and they're going to do what they need to do. They're playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing."

Samuel was referring to the free agent splurge the team made over the off-season in which they acquired numerous players, including the singing of free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and trading for fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Arizona Cardinals. Samuel's name has been the subject of trade rumors even since the Eagles acquired the two other cornerbacks.

Despite his criticism, Samuel later backed off of his comments and claims there is no longer any problem between he and the Eagles' front office.

Since 2006, Samuel's 37 interceptions lead the NFL. He is in the fourth year of a six-year, $57 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in 2008.

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