Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/20/12

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons lines up for a play during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at the Georgia Dome on October 18, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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...
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