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Falcons are solid but could be vulnerable

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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There's a lot to like about the Atlanta Falcons, who face the Packers today at noon CST at the Georgia Dome in a battle of two of the best teams in the NFC. The Falcons boast a 1,000-yard receiver in Roddy White (79 catches, 1,017 yards), a quality quarterback in Matt Ryan (92.9 passer rating) and a solid running back in Michael Turner (200 rushes, 864 yards). The Falcons also play fundamentally sound football. They are the least penalized team in the league, and rank No. 2 in turnover differential at plus-10. Throw in their dome-field advantage (18-3 in the last three seasons), and the Packers will have all they can handle today. But the Falcons are far from flawless. They give up a lot of passing yards (244 per game), which Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will no doubt attempt to exploit today. Then there's the nagging suspicion that the Falcons might not be as good as their 8-2 record indicates. Their two losses have come against quality opponents in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. But they have needed fourth-quarter comebacks to knock off San Francisco and Cincinnati, two of the worst teams in the NFL. All of which suggests that while the Falcons are very good, they are not unbeatable.

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