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NFL Preseason 2012, Falcons Vs. Bengals Game Preview: Atlanta Hosts Cincinnati On Thursday

The Falcons host Cincinnati on Thursday.

July 26, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass during training camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
July 26, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass during training camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Falcons will return to the field for their second preseason game when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

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The Falcons' first team players performed well in their first preseason game -- a 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens -- and they'll look for continued progress against the Bengals.

They'll also be looking for a better effort from their reserves, who, conversely, struggled to execute against Baltimore. The Falcons didn't get much of anything from the offense during the second half of that game, and they also turned the ball over three times over the final 30 minutes of play.

Bengals vs. Falcons

Game Date & Time: Thursday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

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