Vikings at Falcons NFL Week 12 Capsule



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 1-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-13 vs. Packers L 24-21 vs. Colts
LAST GAME 9/28/14: Falcons 28 at Vikings 41. Minnesota RB Matt Asiata rushes for 78 yards & 3 TDs. Vikings WR Jarius Wright has 8 receptions for 132 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/27/11: Falcons 24, Vikings 14. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 262 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons WR Roddy White has 10 receptions for 120 yards & TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 108 (Min.), 82 (Atl.). XM: 82 (Atl.).


PASSING Bridgewater: 188-291-2106-8-6-86.6 Ryan: 264-403-2982 (2C)-15-10-89.6
RUSHING Peterson: 208-1006 (1L)-4.8-6 (T3L) Freeman: 167-764-4.6-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Diggs (R): 36-573-15.9-2 Jones: 89 (1L)-1189 (1L)-13.4-6
OFFENSE 330.0 399.5 (3C)
DEFENSE 334.9 335.7
SACKS Griffen: 6.5 (T3C) 4 tied: 2
INTs Newman: 2 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Locke: 41.7 Bosher: 48.7 (1C)
KICKING Walsh: 83 (17/20 PAT; 22/26 FG) Bryant: 68 (26/26 PAT; 14/18 FG)


VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER won only start vs. Atl, passing for 317 yards with 98.9 rating & rushing for TD…RB ADRIAN PETERSON made NFL debut vs. Atl (9/9/07) & rushed for 103 yards. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads league with 11,196 rush yards & 92 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD…TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 6 catches for 106 yards & TD last week, 1st career 100-yard game. WR STEFON DIGGS leads NFC rookies with 573 rec. yards. In 7 games, has 36 catches for 573 yards (81.9 per game) & 2 TDs. In last meeting, WR JARIUS WRIGHT had career-high 8 catches & 132 yards. Since 2009, WR MIKE WALLACE is 1 of 2 in NFL with 6,000+ rec. yards (6,152), 45+ rec. TDs (48) & 15+ rec. avg. (15.3)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in last meeting in Atl. Has 16.5 sacks in his past 21. DT LINVAL JOSEPH has 26 tackles, 0.5 sack & FF in past 3. LB ANTHONY BARR had sack in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH had INT in last game vs. Atl…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Min with 3+ TD passes. Has 106.5 rating in past 2 meetings. In career, is 42-17 (.712) at home with 96.1 rating…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN leads NFC with 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.). In past 8 (1st 8 career starts), has 1,078 scrimmage yards (134.8 per game) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.). FB PATRICK DI MARCO had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 89 catches, tied for most in team’s 1st 10 games in NFL history. Has 121 catches for 1,802 yards (128.7 per game) & 8 TDs in past 14. Jones (1,189) & Freeman (1,184) lead NFL in scrimmage yards. WR RODDY WHITE has 14 catches for 193 yards (96.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Min & aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT had 1st career sack last week. Has 42 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most on club. S RICARDO ALLEN had INT last week. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 62 tackles. Has INT in 2 of past 4 games.

Buccaneers at Falcons NFL Week 8 Inactives

Buccaneers inactives: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Tony McDaniel, DT Clinton McDonald, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Tim Jennings, S Major Wright

Falcons inactives: C Gino Gradkowski, DE Malliciah Goodwin, WR Leonard Hankerson, T Bryce Harris, S William Moore, CB Dezmen Southward, WR Nick Williams

NFL Week Eight Preview – Tampa Bay vs Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Falcons will look to continue their success Sunday as they play host to first overall pick Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta is coming off a game in which they clearly didn’t play their best, but were able to overcome a game Tennessee Titans team 10-7 in Nashville last Sunday.

The Falcons are 6-1, and would like to get back to the form of what they did to the Bucs last season when they beat the Buccaneers 56-14 last September 18th.

Atlanta hasn’t looked as dominant as they did in their first few games, as in their last three contents they have turned the ball over eight times, and are putting up 18.7 points per game.

By comparison in their first four games Atlanta put up 34.2 points and 403.2 yards of total offense with two total turnovers.

“We are just in a funk,” Falcons WR Julio Jones said. “We have to get out of it. We have to keep battling and keep going and keep trying to get better and fix these things.”

Devonta Freeman is still running the ball well, as he leads the league in rushing with 621 yards. He’s averaging 136.0 yards with 5.68 per carry in the last three and hasn’t turned the ball over all season.

The Bucs will focus in on him, which could open up for a big day for Matt Ryan, who will see a Tampa defense that is a lot better against the run than the pass.

Tampa Bay is coming off Sunday’s 31-30 loss in Washington after leading 24-0 late in the second quarter, and they’ve allowed 20.3 points per game in the second half over the last three.

“I’ve made the statement that we are getting better as a football team,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said.

“I think first off you have to be a decent team to get up 24-0 on a team in the NFL. That’s telling you a little bit of what you can be. Hopefully, that’s going to tell us a lot about what we’ll be in the future.”

The Bucs may not have all their weapons on offense, as wide out Vincent Jackson (knee) and Louis Murphy (ACL) were both injured against the Redskins.

Murphy landed on injured reserve and Jackson is still being evaluated, which could mean Russell Shepard and rookie Donteea Dye are forced into significant roles.

That will put more pressure on the run game and Doug Martin, who has run for 541 yards this season and will do his best to keep the Falcons offense off the field.

The two teams know each other well, and while the Falcons need to be careful with the ball, they should be able to squeak out a home win against a Bucs team that should have won last week on the road.

Atlanta 24 Tampa Bay 20

Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston 212 yards 1 TDs, Doug Martin 114 yards 1 TD, Donteea Dye 78 yards receiving 1 TD
Atlanta – Matt Ryan 241 yards 2 TD’s, Devonta Freeman 94 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Julio Jones 118 yards receiving 1 TD

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Buccaneers at Falcons Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday T Reid Fragel (concussion), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), DT Clinton McDonald (pectoral)
  Wednesday DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), C Evan Smith (ankle), S Major Wright (hamstring)
  Wednesday WR Russell Shepard (hamstring)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring), S William Moore (groin)
  Wednesday DT Jonathan Babineaux (back), LB O’Brien Schofield (knee), WR Nick Williams (hamstring)

Buccaneers at Falcons NFL Week Eight Capsule



STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 2-4 Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 31-30 at Redskins W 10-7 at Titans
LAST GAME 11/9/14: Falcons 27 at Buccaneers 17. Atlanta RB Steven Jackson rushes for 81 yards & TD. Falcons WR Julio Jones has 8 catches for 119 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/18/14: Falcons 56, Buccaneers 14. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 286 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons WR Jones has nine receptions for 161 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa (field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (TB), 121 (Atl.). XM: 231 (Atl.).


PASSING Winston (R): 107-181-1471-9-7-85.7 Ryan: 172-267-2002 (2C)-9-6-88.9
RUSHING Martin: 109-541 (3L)-5.0-3 Freeman: 131-621 (1L)-4.7-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Evans: 21-338-16.1-1 Jones: 58 (1C)-730 (1C)-12.6-5 (3C)
OFFENSE 363.8 403.1 (2C)
DEFENSE 328.2 (3C) 353.3
SACKS J. Smith: 5 Beasley (R), Clayborn: 2
INTs 3 tied: 1 Alford, Moore: 2
PUNTING Schum: 42.3 Bosher: 49.8 (1L)
KICKING Barth: 24 (6/6 PAT; 6/6 FG) Bryant: 47 (20/20 PAT; 9/12 FG)


BUCCANEERS: Rookie QB JAMEIS WINSTON had career-high 72.4 comp. pct., 297 yards & 128.1 rating last week. In past 2, has 125.9 rating & aims for 3rd in row with 120+ rating…RB DOUG MARTIN has 472 scrimmage yards (157.3 per game), 365 rush yards (121.7 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. RB-PR BOBBY RAINEY had career-high 163 rush yards & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) vs. Atl. on 11/17/13…WR MIKE EVANS had 8 catches for 164 yards & TD last week. Had 7 catches for 125 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 13 TDs in his past 17. In past 4 meetings, WR VINCENT JACKSON has 30 catches for 393 yards (98.3 per game) & 4 TDs…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only NFL player with 300+ tackles (343), 8+ sacks (9) & 5+ INTs (5). Leads team with 53 tackles. DE HOWARD JONES had 43-yard FR-TD last week. DT GERALD MC COY has 11 sacks in past 14. DE JACQUIES SMITH ties for 5th in NFC with 5 sacks…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has won 6 of 7 homes starts vs. TB with 10 TDs, 2 INTs & 110.1 rating. In past 2 at home vs. TB, has 6 TDs, 0 INTs & 152.8 rating. Has 145+ rating in 3 of past 4 home games (incl. 2 in row) vs. Bucs…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN leads NFL with 931 scrimmage yards, 621 rush yards & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.). In past 5 (1st 5 career starts), has 825 scrimmage yards (165 per game), 578 rush yards (115.6 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.)…WR JULIO JONES has 36 catches for 674 yards (112.3 per game) & 5 TDs in 6 meetings. Had 9 catches for 161 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Leads NFC with 58 catches. Has 90 catches for 1,343 yards (122.1 per game) & 7 TDs in past 11. WR RODDY WHITE aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 39 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most on club. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 46 tackles. Had INT last week. DT JONATHAN BABINEAUX had sack in last meeting. LB VIC BEASLEY ties for 3rd among NFC rookies with 2 sacks.

Falcons Hang On for Hard Fought 10-7 Win Over Titans

Atlanta Falcons v Tennessee Titans

It wasn’t as easy as maybe they would have liked, but the Falcons did what they needed to do, and because of it they are 6-1 after a hard fought 10-7 win in Tennessee.

Matt Ryan threw for 251 yards and a touchdown pass, and Devonta Freeman ran for 116 yards as the Falcons got the win on a day when they had a lot to lose.

“At the end of the day, a win’s a win,” Ryan said. “When you go on the road in this league and get it done … that’s rewarding.”

The win came 10 days after the Falcons lost their first game of the season, a loss to the Saints on the road. Sunday they were sluggish, but did enough to get the three point win.

“We’ve got to fix what we’ve got going on,” Julio Jones said. “We came out here to get a `W’ and we got the `W’ and it’s on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. … It wasn’t pretty, but it just shows that we’re going to fight to the end.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn thought the Falcons scored when Ryan hit Jones with a 3-yard pass, but officials ruled the receiver short of the goal line.

Not even Quinn’s challenge helped as officials ruled Jones down 6 inches outside the end zone after he tried sticking the ball past the pylon. Quinn said he got no explanation.

Atlanta took control in the third quarter, outgaining the Titans 134-35. Ryan finished off an 88-play drive by tossing an 8-yard TD pass to Jones, giving the Falcons their first lead of the game at 10-7 late in the quarter.

It was enough, as Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was intercepted by undrafted rookie Falcons safety Robenson Therezie with 1:31 left to seal Atlanta’s victory.

The Falcons will host the Bucs at home next Sunday.

Falcons at Titans NFL Week 7 Inactives

Falcons inactives: WR Justin Hardy, CB Dezmen Southward, LB Philip Wheeler, LB Alan Bradford, C Gino Gradkowski, T Bryce Harris, DE Malliciah Goodman

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, CB Perrish Cox, S Michael Griffin, RB Terrance West, OL Quinton Spain, WR Harry Douglas, DT Sammie Hill

NFL Week Seven Preview – Atlanta at Tennessee

Tennessee Titans v Atlanta Falcons

Things for the Tennessee Titans haven’t gone that well since they started the season red hot in their win against the Bucs on opening day, and they would need a major effort Sunday at home against the on fire Falcons to turn things around.

Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, began his career by throwing four touchdowns in the opening day win, but he and the team have struggled since.

Last week in a blowout loss to the Dolphins he was sacked five times and Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon hit him low in the second quarter. The QB stayed in the game and finished with four turnovers, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained left MCL.

“You got to be able to show that you buy into what’s going on here, and I’m going to do my best to make sure that I’m prepared and hopefully can go on Sunday,” he said.

It’s probably not going to matter, as the Falcons are steamed after losing their first game a week ago Thursday, and will be looking for a quick rebound.

Atlanta lost to the rival Saints 31-21, and need to shore up their defense which right now is ranked 20th in the NFL allowing 369.5 yards per game.

Running back Devonta Freeman has been the catalyst for the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense, which averages 407.3 yards per game.

His 10 total touchdowns are four more than anyone else in the league, and he’s rushed for at least 100 yards in three of the last four weeks, including exactly that many on just 13 carries against the Saints.

Look for another huge outing from the back vs the Titans, who rank 28th in the NFL in yards allowed per game on the ground.

Freeman and QB Matt Ryan should be able to pile up the points, and it’s unlikely that the Titans offense, which has had issues since opening day, are going to be able to keep up.

These teams haven’t met since Ryan threw for 316 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s 23-17 home win in 2011, and Ryan and the Falcons offense are going to have a field day against the Titans.

Look for Tennessee to fall again at home, as the Titans have lost eight consecutive home games overall and are 1-10 in Nashville under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

That streak will continue Sunday.

Atlanta 34 Tennessee 14

Fantasy Projections:

Atlanta – Matt Ryan 291 yards 2 TD’s, Devonta Freeman 134 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Julio Jones 148 yards receiving 1 TD
Tennessee – Marcus Mariota 152 yards 1 TD, Bishop Sankey 63 yards, Kendall Wright 81 yards receiving

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