Found December 07, 2011 on Falcons Locker:
The Atlanta Falcons lost a tough game last weekend 17-10 to the Texans in Houston.  The Falcons beat the Panthers in Atlanta earlier this year 31-17.  This is a huge game for the Falcons.  The Panthers have won two games in a row, so they have to be feeling good about themselves right now.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game: When the Falcons have the ball:  The Falcons need to remain balanced on offense in this game.  Look for them to come out running the ball with Michael Turner against a Panthers’ D that is allowing 132.5 yards rushing per game and 4.6 yards per carry.  Running the ball will keep Cam Newton and the rest of his offense on the bench.  The Panthers have a good pass rush and a poor secondary, so if the O-Line gives Matt Ryan time to throw the ball….he’s going to have a big game.  Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Harry Douglas and Julio Jones give the Falcons a lot of firepower and I look for Matt Ryan to spread the ball around to all of them this weekend. When th...

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2011 NFL Week 14 Point Spreads & Odds

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates after the Panthers score against the Washington Redskins in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 23, 2011. Carolina won 33-20 UPI/Nell Redmond . Four spreads of note: Giants +3 @ Cowboys, 8:30PM ET, Sunday This game is the ultimate crapshoot; it could play out in a variety of different...

Antonio Smith draws $15,000 fine for hit on Matt Ryan

The weekly fine parade continues. The league office has imposed a $15,000 penalty on Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for an illegal hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Smith was flagged for hitting Ryan in the head.  Per McClain, Smith plans to appeal the fine. Incidental hits…

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