NFL Week Eight Preview – Lions vs Falcons In London

Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions

While Matt Ryan has been able to dominate the Lions over the course of his career, the Falcons may have huge issues scoring points Sunday in London when the two teams do battle.

Detroit (5-2) is surrendering an NFL-low 290.3 yards per game and ranks second in points allowed with 15.0, and the Falcons are reeling having lost four straight.

If they have one thing to lean on, it’s Ryan’s success against Detroit. He’s 3-0 against the Lions with a 108.5 rating.

The Falcons have a lot to improve on, as they were held to a season-low 254 yards of offense in last Sunday’s 29-7 rout at Baltimore.

“We have to play more consistent on offense,” said receiver Roddy White. “We’re not playing efficient football and it’s costing us right now.”

At 2-5 it’s now or never for the Falcons to get on track, put the past failures behind them, and find a way to put up points against one of, if not the best defense in the league.

In the loss to the Ravens, Ryan threw for 228 yards with a TD. The O-line has been awful like 2013, and Ryan has been sacked nine times in the last two games.

The Falcons lost another key piece in center Peter Konz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. He was placed on injured reserve Monday, joining fellow linemen Joe Hawley, Lamar Holmes and Sam Baker.

“There are no excuses,” coach Mike Smith said. “You can talk about losing players, but everybody loses players. It’s got to be the `next man up’ mentality. The next guy up has to step in and do the job. We have to step up.”

It won’t be easy this week, as Detroit seems to be playing with a huge amount of confidence, and look for them to overcome the Falcons overseas.

Detroit 24 Falcons 14

Lions at Falcons Thursday Injury Report

DETROIT LIONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)
Thursday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), TE Eric Ebron (hamstring), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot), T LaAdrian Waddle (concussion)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), RB Theo Riddick (hamstring)
Thursday DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday RB Theo Riddick (hamstring)
ATLANTA FALCONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot), WR Harry Douglas (foot)
Thursday DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Justin Blalock (back), WR Julio Jones (ankle), LB Prince Shembo (knee)
Thursday WR Harry Douglas (foot), LB Prince Shembo (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday G Justin Blalock (back), WR Julio Jones (ankle)

Poll: Falcons at Ravens – Who Wins Sunday’s Matchup?

Atlanta Falcons v Baltimore Ravens


Falcons at Ravens NFL Week 7 Capsule

ATLANTA FALCONS (2-4) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-2)

SERIES

FALCONS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 2-2
STREAKS Past 1
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 1-0 Harbaugh: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 27-13 vs. Bears W 48-17 at Buccaneers
LAST GAME 11/11/10: Ravens 21 at Falcons 26. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 316 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons WR Roddy White records 12 catches for 138 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Ravens 24, Falcons 10. Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis rushes for 91 yards & 3 TDs. Ravens WR Mark Clayton catches 5 passes for 89 yards. Ravens defense totals 5 sacks.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Justin Kutcher, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (Atl.), 93 (Bal.). XM: 231 (Bal.).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 149-234-1850 (1C)-12 (3C)-7-92.7 Flacco: 140-220-1596 (3C)-12-3-97.8
RUSHING
  1. Jackson: 69-263-3.8-2
Forsett: 64-408 (3C)-6.4-3
RECEIVING
  1. Jones: 44 (2L)-620 (3L)-14.1-3
  2. Smith: 35-573 (3C)-16.4-4
OFFENSE 410.0 (3L) 389.8
TAKE/GIVE -3 +2
DEFENSE 419.0 361.2
SACKS Massaquoi: 2 Dumervil: 5 (T3C)
INTs Ishmael, McClain: 1 Ngata: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Bosher: 43.8 Koch: 48.9 (1C)
KICKING Bryant: 44 (20/20 PAT; 8/9 FG) Tucker: 56 (3C) (17/17 PAT; 13/16 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN won only start vs. Bal., passing for 316 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs & 101.8 rating. Is 1 of 5 QBs in NFL history with 25,000 pass yards (25,322) in 1st 100 career games. When Ryan starts & has 100+ rating, Falcons are 36-2 (.947)…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. AFC. RB ANTONE SMITH had 41-yard rec. TD last week, his 5th TD (3 rec., 2 rush) in 2014. Has 7 career TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.), all 35+ yards…WR JULIO JONES has 30 catches for 410 yards (102.5 per game) & 1 TD in past 4 vs. AFC. Leads NFL WRs with 44 catches & is 3rd with 620 yards. In last meeting, WR RODDY WHITE had 12 catches for 138 yards & 2 TDs, incl. GW 33-yard TD with 20 seconds left…DE OSI UMENYIORA had 50-yard FR-TD vs. Bal. on 12/12/04 (with NYG). DE JONATHAN MASSAQUOI had sack last week & leads team with 2 sacks. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 64 tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD has team-best 7 PD…RAVENS: Last week, QB JOE FLACCO threw 5 TDs 16:03 into game, fastest player to reach mark since at least 1970, & is 1st QB with 4 TDs in 1st qtr. since 1986 (TOMMY KRAMER). In only meeting, passed for 215 yards with 3 TDs & 1 INT for 99.5 rating. In past 8 vs. NFC, has 2,095 pass yards & 19 TDs with 100.8 rating, including 6 games with 2+ TDs…RB JUSTIN FORSETT has NFL-best 6.4 rush avg. (64 att., 408 yards). Rushed for season-high 111 yards on 14 att. (7.9 avg.) last week. RB BERNARD PIERCE scored 1st rush TD of season vs. TB…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. scored 3rd 50+ yard TD of season last week, becoming 4th NFL player with 3+ 50+ yard TDs in season at age 35+. Has 20 catches for 338 yards in past 4 vs. Atl. (with Car.). WR TORREY SMITH has 3 TDs in past 3, including 2 vs. TB…LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 55 tackles, most among NFL rookies, including team-high 8 last week. In 2 career meetings, LB TERRELL SUGGS has 3 sacks. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. NFC.

Bears at Falcons Wednesday Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Taylor Boggs (hamstring), LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), T Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), RB Matt Forte (not injury related), LB Shea McClellin (hand), LB D.J. Williams (neck)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Chris Conte (concussion), CB Sherrick McManis (quadricep), DT Jay Ratliff (concussion)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Roberto Garza (ankle)

ATLANTA FALCONS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Devin Hester (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Justin Blalock (back), S Kemal Ishmael (ankle), WR Julio Jones (ankle), T Jake Matthews (ankle), LB Prince Shembo (knee)

NFL Week Six – Bears or Falcons who Takes Home this NFC Game?

Atlanta Falcons v Chicago Bears


NFL Week Six Capsule – Bears at Falcons

CHICAGO BEARS (2-3) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3)

SERIES

BEARS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 13-12  
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Trestman: 0-0 Smith: 2-1
LAST WEEK L 31-24 at Panthers L 30-20 at Giants
LAST GAME 9/11/11: Falcons 12 at Bears 30. Chicago RB Matt Forté records 158 scrimmage yards (68 rushing, 90 receiving) & 56-yard TD rec. Bears QB Jay Cutler has 312 passing yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/18/09: Falcons 21, Bears 14. Atlanta WR Roddy White has 4 receptions for 56 yards, including 40-yard TD. Atlanta S Thomas DeCoud records 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Justin Kutcher, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Chi.), 92 (Atl.). XM: 225 (Atl.).

 

STATS

PASSING Cutler: 130-191-1295-12 (T1C)-6-94.9 Ryan: 130-197-1579 (1C)-11 (T3C)-6-96.4
RUSHING Forté: 82-319-3.9-0 S. Jackson: 63-238-3.8-2
RECEIVING Forté (RB): 36 (2L)-299-8.3-1 J. Jones: 40 (1L)-552 (1L)-13.8-3
OFFENSE 348.6 434.6 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE +1 -2
DEFENSE 362.4 407.2
SACKS Young: 5 (T3L) 4 tied: 1
INTs Fuller (R): 3 (T1L) Ishmael, McClain: 1
PUNTING O’Donnell (R): 45.6 Bosher: 43.8
KICKING Gould: 32 (14/14 PAT; 6/7 FG) Bryant: 37 (19/19 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 300+ yards & 2+ TDs. In last meeting, completed 22 of 32 (68.8 pct.) for 312 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 107.8 rating. Ties for NFC lead with 12 TD passes…In last game vs. Atl., RB MATT FORTÉ had 158 scrimmage yards (90 rec., 68 rush) & rec. TD (56 yards). Had 166 scrimmage yards last week, incl. 12 catches for 105 yards & TD…Since 2012, WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 28 rec. TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL.Is tied for 2nd in NFC this year with 5 rec. TDs. In past 3 games indoors, WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 21 catches for 398 yards (132.7 per game) & 3 TDs. Had 6 catches for 97 yards & TD last week. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT ties for NFC TE lead with 4 rec. TDs…Rookie CB KYLE FULLER is only player in NFL with 3+ INTs & 2+ FFs. DE JARED ALLEN has 2 sacks in 3 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 128.5 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. DE WILLIE YOUNG ranks 2nd in NFC with 5 sacks…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN is 2-0 at home vs. Chi. Is 38-10 (.792) at home in career with 98.7 rating. In 2014, is 2-0 at home completing 52 of 67 (77.6 pct.) for 734 yards with 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.2 rating. When Ryan starts & has 100+ rating, Falcons are 36-2 (.947)…In 12/11/06 meeting (with StL), RB STEVEN JACKSON had rush TD & rec. TD, 1 of 4 career games with both. RB ANTONE SMITH had 74-yard rec. TD last week. Has 6 career TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) & averages 50.3 yards per TD…WR JULIO JONES has 41 catches for 666 yards (133.2 per game) & 3 TDs in past 5 home games. Has 99+ rec. yards in all 5. WR RODDY WHITE aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Chi. with TD catch. PR-KR-WR DEVIN HESTER played 1st 8 seasons with Chi. & scored 33 TDs, incl. 19 return TDs…DE KROY BIERMANN had 50-yard INT-TD & sack in last meeting. Only player in team history with 50-yard INT-TD & sack in same game.

NFL Week Six Monday Lines – Falcons Slight Favorites Vs Bears

Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
10/9 8:25 ET Indianapolis -2.5 At Houston 45.5
10/12 1:00 ET Denver -7.5 At NY Jets 46.5
10/12 1:00 ET At Cleveland -2 Pittsburgh 46.5
10/12 1:00 ET At Tennessee -6 Jacksonville
10/12 4:25 ET At Atlanta -3 Chicago 53.5
10/12 1:00 ET Green Bay -3.5 At Miami 48.5
10/12 1:00 ET Detroit -3 At Minnesota
10/12 1:00 ET At Cincinnati -6.5 Carolina Off
10/12 1:00 ET New England -3 At Buffalo Off
10/12 1:00 ET Baltimore -3 At Tampa Bay 43
10/12 4:05 ET San Diego -7 At Oakland 43
10/12 4:25 ET At Seattle -8.5 Dallas Off
10/12 4:25 ET At Arizona -3 Washington Off
10/12 8:30 ET At Philadelphia -2.5 NY Giants 50

Monday Night Football Line

10/13 8:30 ET San Francisco -3.5 At St. Louis 43.5
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