NFL Week 12 Capsule – Browns vs Falcons

CLEVELAND BROWNS (6-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6)

SERIES

BROWNS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 10-3
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Pettine: 0-0 Smith: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 23-7 vs. Texans W 19-17 at Panthers
LAST GAME 10/10/10: Falcons 20 at Browns 10. Atlanta WR Roddy White has 5 receptions for 101 yards, including 45-yard TD. Falcons RB Michael Turner rushes 19 times for 140 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/12/06: Browns 17, Falcons 13. Cleveland RB Reuben Droughns rushes for 54 yards & TD. Browns TE Kellen Winslow has 90 receiving yards & WR Braylon Edwards adds TD reception.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Cle.), 134 (Atl.). XM: 228 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Hoyer: 181-325-2542-11-5-86.0 Ryan: 249-381-2793 (2C)-17-8-93.2
RUSHING West (R): 112-408-3.6-3
  1. Jackson: 128-467-3.6-4
RECEIVING Hawkins: 45-601-13.4-2
  1. Jones: 67 (T2C)-912-13.6-3
OFFENSE 356.1 367.3
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T2C) +3
DEFENSE 372.3 403.4
SACKS Kruger: 6 Umenyiora: 2.5
INTs Gipson: 6 (1L) Ishmael: 3 (T3C)
PUNTING Lanning: 43.8 Bosher: 44.8
KICKING Cundiff: 70 (22/22 PAT; 16/20 FG)
  1. Bryant: 74 (26/26 PAT; 16/18 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Have won 2 of past 3 on road…In 13 starts with Cle., QB BRIAN HOYER is 9-4 with 3,157 pass yards & 16 TDs vs. 8 INTs. Is 3-0 vs. NFC with Browns, passing for 825 yards & 6 TDs…Rookie RB ISAIAH CROWELL (undrafted) had 91 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 30 receiving) in 1st career start last week. Has 5 rush TDs, tied for most among NFL rookies. RB TERRANCE WEST (Round 3, No. 94 overall) ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 408 rush yards…WR ANDREW HAWKINS had 6 catches for 97 yards, incl. 32-yard TD, vs. Texans. Leads team with career-high 601 receiving yards this season. In 2 career starts vs. Atl. (with Cowboys), WR MILES AUSTIN has 13 catches for 247 yards (19.0 avg.) & 2 TDs…Browns lead AFC with 14 INTs…CB JOE HADEN had 1st INT of season vs. Texans last week. Since 2013, S TASHAUN GIPSON leads all NFL players with 11 INTs…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN won only start vs. Cle. Is 17-9 (.654) in career vs. AFC with 44 TDs & 15 INTs. Is 38-11 (.776) at Georgia Dome with 80 TDs, 30 INTs & 98.1 rating. When he starts & has 100+ rating, team is 36-3 (.923)…RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 128 yards vs. Cle. on 11/13/11 (with StL)…WR JULIO JONES has 35 catches for 466 yards (93.2 per game) & TD in past 5 vs. AFC. In past 6 at Georgia Dome, has 45 catches for 734 yards (122.3 per game) & 3 TDs. In 2 meetings, WR RODDY WHITE has 10 catches for 200 yards (100 per game) & TD. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 24 catches for 285 yards (95 per game) & TD. Has TD in 3 of past 4 & aims for 3rd in row with TD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 97 tackles. Had sack last week. DE KROY BIERMANN had 31-yard INT-TD in last meeting. DE OSI UMENYIORA has 4 sacks in past 6 vs. AFC. S KEMAL ISHMAEL aims for 3rd in row with INT. Is 2nd on team with 55 tackles. CB DESMOND TRUFANT is 2nd on team with 10 PD, his 2nd consecutive season with 10+ PD. Had INT last week, 1st of season & 3rd of career.

NFL Lines for Week 12 – Falcons Home Favorites vs Cleveland

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Starting CB Robert Alford Suffers Broken Wrist In Win

Falcons starting cornerback Robert Alford broke his wrist in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Panthers according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Alford was a second-round pick of the Falcons in 2013 out of Southeastern Louisiana and has started every game for the Falcons this season.

He hasn’t exactly played at a lights-out level as evidenced by the Falcons’ dismal ranking as a pass defense across the board but is probably the best the Falcons have.

Robert McClain replaced Alford on Sunday and would likely be the next man up for an extended stay in the lineup across from Desmond Trufant.

Falcons RB Antone Smith Done for the Season

Baltimore Ravens vs Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have placed RB Antone Smith on injured reserve with a broken leg. He suffered the injury during the teams win over the Panthers Sunday.

The 29-year-old had his moments this season, with five scoring plays of 38 yards or longer (two rushing, three receiving).

Smith had 23 carries all season, and 13 receptions.

Devonta Freeman will likely step into a bigger role behind starter Steven Jackson.

Falcons Beat Panthers 19-17; Move Into First Place Tie In NFC South

Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers

Anytime you can wake up on a Monday and find yourself in first place, count yourself lucky.

If your the Falcons, you may want to count yourself lucky a couple of times.

The Falcons survived two late field goal misses by Panthers kicker Graham Gano, and the birds fly out of Carolina with a two-point 19-17 win.

The second straight win puts the team at 4-6 on the year, and with the Saints losing to the Bengals at home, the two teams are tied for the division lead after 10 games.

“It’s been a different year, for sure,” Falcons QB Matt Ryan said. “You play to be relevant in November and December. As quirky as this season’s been, we’re relevant.”

Ryan threw for 268 yards and a touchdown in the win, and Matt Bryant added four field goals in the NFC South victory.

Bryant’s 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put the Falcons ahead for good.

Cam Newton threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes for Carolina, but Gano missed a 46-yard field goal try with 1:27 remaining and had a 63-yarder blocked on the games final play.

“The way our season is going, we’re happy to have any win,” Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters said.

The Falcons got to Newton early for two picks, but the QB recovered and wound up with 292 yards. Down 16-3 in the fourth quarter, he rallied Carolina with a 22-yard touchdown to rookie Kelvin Benjamin to make it 16-10.

Then later in the quarter, rookie receiver, Philly Brown, got behind cornerback Robert McClain and caught a 47-yard score as he fell back into the end zone to briefly give the Panthers a 17-16 lead.

Ryan though would not be denied, and he quickly and smartly moved the Falcons into field goal range, completing three passes for 29 yards to Harry Douglas to set up Bryant’s clutch kick.

“I try to simplify things as much as I can,” Bryant said.

Newton still had something left, moving Carolina to the Atlanta 29. Gano then hooked the potential game-winner from 46 yards out wide left.

Roddy White, who had eight catches for 75 yards, caught a 4-yard TD pass from Ryan to give the Falcons a 16-3 lead.

The Falcons are back at home Sunday to host the 6-4 Browns, who lost at home Sunday to the Texans 23-7.

Falcons at Buccaneers Friday Injury Report

ATLANTA FALCONS
Status Report
OUT T Jonathan Scott (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE WR Harry Douglas (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot), RB Antone Smith (neck)
PROBABLE DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Jonathan Scott (hamstring)
Thursday T Jonathan Scott (hamstring)
Friday T Jonathan Scott (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot), WR Harry Douglas (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot), RB Antone Smith (neck)
Thursday DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot), WR Harry Douglas (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot), RB Antone Smith (neck)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Friday DE Jonathan Babineaux (foot), WR Harry Douglas (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot), RB Antone Smith (neck)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Status Report
OUT G Kadeem Edwards (foot)
DOUBTFUL T Anthony Collins (foot), RB Doug Martin (ankle), CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE LB Lavonte David (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Michael Johnson (hand), LB Brandon Magee (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (thumb), RB Charles Sims (ankle), DT Akeem Spence (hamstring), TE Luke Stocker (hip)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Anthony Collins (foot), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), RB Doug Martin (ankle), TE Luke Stocker (hip), CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring)
Thursday T Anthony Collins (foot), RB Doug Martin (ankle), DT Akeem Spence (hamstring), CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring)
Friday T Anthony Collins (foot), RB Doug Martin (ankle), CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lavonte David (knee), DE Michael Johnson (hand), LB Brandon Magee (knee), RB Charles Sims (ankle), DT Akeem Spence (hamstring)
Thursday LB Lavonte David (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Michael Johnson (hand), LB Brandon Magee (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (thumb), RB Charles Sims (ankle), TE Luke Stocker (hip)
Friday G Kadeem Edwards (foot), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (thumb), RB Charles Sims (ankle), DT Akeem Spence (hamstring), TE Luke Stocker (hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Friday LB Lavonte David (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Michael Johnson (hand), LB Brandon Magee (knee)

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)
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