Found December 20, 2012 on Football Nation:
The Atlanta Falcons (12-2) led by Matt Ryan and his bevy of receivers travel north to play the Detroit Lions (4-10) led by Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson at Ford Field. This will be a matchup of two high-powered passing offenses with little or no running game for support. The Falcons are looking to clinch home-field throughout the playoffs with a victory against the Lions on Saturday.Their opponent on Saturday, the Lions, have one of the worst rush defenses in the league. They are giving up 119 yards per game to their opponents.The Falcons will look to exploit their weak rush defense in order to open up more passing lanes with the play-action and allow the Atlanta receiving corps of Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas to find open spaces for Matt Ryan to find them.In order for this to happen, Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers are going to have to step up yet again and run the ball with a purpose. Last week saw the Falcons rush the ball 38 times for 129 yard...

Jerry Rice salutes Calvin Johnson’s pursuit of his record

NFL legend Jerry Rice is the epitome of class. Where as some former NFL legends are a bit of crabby about watching their records potentially falling, Rice is excited for the Detroit Lion’s Calvin Johnson Jr. who is within striking distance of his single-season reception yards mark.  Please Click Here To Read & Watch Rice's Comments

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnson was 10 years old when Jerry Rice set the NFL record in 1995 for receiving yards in a season. Johnson says hes never met Rice, never talked to him and really hasnt gone back to study tape of the indisputable greatest receiver in football history. But with 182 yards in the Detroit Lions final two games, Johnson will surpass Rices single-season...

Rice's record within reach for Megatron

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Calvin Johnson was 10 years old when Jerry Rice set the NFL record in 1995 for receiving yards in a season. Johnson says he's never met Rice, never talked to him and really hasn't gone back to study tape of the indisputable greatest receiver in football history. But with 182 yards in the Detroit Lions' final two games, Johnson will surpass Rice...

Atlanta seeks to keep Detroit's Suh away from Ryan

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford struggling this season

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Atlanta Falcons versus Detroit Lions point spread, line and betting odds

The Atlanta Falcons (12-2) will play against the Detroit Lions (4-10) on Saturday night. Scheduled for a 8:30 pm EST kickoff the game will air on ESPN from Ford Field in Detroit, MI. What is the spread in the Falcons and Lions game? The Falcons are 4.5 point favorites against the Lions. The over/under for the game is set at 51 points. The Falcons put on a convincing performance in...

Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson Among Those Gunning for NFL Records in Final Two Weeks of Season

The final two weeks of the NFL season not only have the drama of a wide-open playoff chase — especially in the NFC East — but also the possibility that several hallowed NFL marks will be broken. Certainly one of the stories of this season has been the incredible comeback by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from a devastating knee injury suffered late last year....

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions: Five Things to Watch Two Nights Before Christmas

This piece is also featured on Lions 101 It’s time for some Monday Night Football on Saturday night, as the Atlanta Falcons, the top birds in the NFC, cruise into town to take on the Detroit Lions. It’s time to officially put this particular match up in the category of games that looked better when the schedule came out last spring. The 12-2 Falcons have held up their end of...

Fantasy Football Championship Week Rankings

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The Detroit Lions come into this game as losers of their last seven games. The first five of those losses came by ten points or less, including three games by four points or less, but last week the Lions got blown out by Arizona. Now the Lions sit at just 4-10 and host the 12-2 Atlanta Falcons. So far this year the Lions are 2-4 at home and the Falcons are 5-2 on the road but have...
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