Found December 21, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
Last week: 4 (+1) Record: 12-2 Net points per drive: 0.71 (4th) DVOA: 11.7% (9th) Weighted DVOA: 7.3% (12th) Atlanta finally got that one signature win last week, blowing out the Giants, even though the Giants might not even make the playoffs now. You can question their talent all you want and I think they might be the least talented of the top-5 teams, but their home field advantage is going to be a major asset as Matt Ryan is a ridiculous 32-5 at home in his career. I still think the 49ers could go in and win, but I think the list of teams I’d pick to win a playoff game in Atlanta ends there (you might be able to talk me into Green Bay). Studs QB Matt Ryan: 23 of 28 for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns, 1 hit as thrown, 109.5 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 4 of 29 drop backs (1 sack, 2 of 3, 1 touchdown, 1 hit as thrown) LT Sam Baker: Did not allow a pressure on 29 pass block snaps, run blocked for 18 yards on 3 attempts RT Tyson Clabo: Did not allow a pressure on 29 pass block snaps,...

Falcons determined to avoid letdown against Lions

Thursday was an ugly, rainy day at Atlanta's practice facility - a perfect setting for the Falcons to be reminded they can make sure they don't play another game outdoors this season. That's added motivation to avoid a letdown in Saturday night's game at Detroit's Ford Field. The Falcons can secure home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by beating the...

Falcons S Hope fined $30,000

Atlanta Falcons safety Chris Hope was fined $30,000 by the league for a helmet-to-helmet hit against New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Friday. Hope was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play in the third quarter of last Sunday's game. Hope told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier in the week that he thought he...

Roddy White is Questionable

Falcons receiver Roddy White, who practiced Thursday, is listed as questionable but we have no doubts that he'll be on the field Saturday against Detroit.Fantasy Spin:White didn't practice at all last week and still played in the game. He's never missed a game in eight seasons. Although he didn't have a good game, blame that on the non-competitive Giants who were...

Falcons S Moore listed questionable vs. Lions

Although safety William Moore did not practice all week making it three weeks since he last practiced or played in a game the Falcons ruled him questionable for Saturdays game at Detroit when the team issued its status report for injured players on Friday. Moore injured his hamstring in a Nov. 29 game against New Orleans and has missed the last two games. He had two interceptions...

Predicting the Falcons at Lions; Julio Jones says Falcons can’t get bored

Falcons wideout Julio Jones has learned the value of avoiding the trap game after the Falcons were caught sleeping against the Panthers to register their second loss. Jones told the league’s website that Atlanta can’t afford to look beyond their upcoming match-up against the Lions.  Please Click Here To Read This Story & Our Falcons at Lions Prediction.

Roddy White says the Falcons use to be afraid to face certain teams

After the Falcons laid the smackdown on the Giants this past Sunday, Roddy White went on his normal Twitter rants about how people need to start giving the Falcons respect. He ignored they had just lost to the Panthers the week before, but I digress. The Falcons think it is personal, but it isn’t. In [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other...

Top Ten Falcons of 2012

  The Falcons are sitting pretty at 12-2. Tonight, they look at the Lions for a chance to hit 13-2. During the preseason I thought this team was good enough to be a contender this year but I wasn't sure how good our new identities would look on offense and defense. To my surprise, the Falcons look damn good. This week I want to give you my favorite players of the season...

Atlanta seeks to keep Detroit's Suh away from Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons have a simple goal this week against Ndamukong Suh. They want to keep Detroit's high-strung defensive tackle from touching quarterback Matt Ryan. Each team complained about the other following Atlanta's seven-point victory last year in Detroit. Falcons center Todd McClure and receiver Roddy White said that Suh and left end Cliff Avril were taunting...

The Future Fall of the Falcons

via The Falcons have been nearly perfect all season long, but they are bound to be eliminated from the playoffs early, and here are the reasons why: 1)   Bad team history in the playoffs – They are 6-11 overall in the history of their team in the playoffs, with an 0-1 Super bowl record. Since Mike Smith has become the head coach in 2008 the results in the playoffs...

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...

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions: Two High-Flying Offenses Clash

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...

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions Preview and Prediction

The final Monday Night Football game of the season will take place on Saturday when the Falcons head into Detroit with a chance to clinch the top spot in the NFC. Detroit is reeling after six straight losses, which puts them in a far different situation than last year when they were fighting for a playoff spot. Atlanta Falcons The Falcons lost only their second game of the season...

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...

Lions vs. Falcons Preview: A Megatron record and Falcons blowout on the horizon?

It’s Saturday Night Football in Detroit tonight as the Lions welcome in the Atlanta Falcons to Ford Field. For years a complaint of Lions fans was the NFL doesn’t give Detroit any respect when it comes to the spotlight games. But over the course of the past couple of seasons the NFL has given the Lions a nice share of prime time matchup’s however unfortunately the Lions haven’t...

Falcons in Detroit: Three Position Battles

It seems like only last October Atlanta walloped the Lions in Detroit.  While the box score was only 23-16 Atlanta easily outperformed a powerful NFC North opponent. The most memorable part was Roddy White and Todd McClure claiming Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted our quarterback after he was briefly injured.   Anyways, Atlanta is not playing the red hot 5-1 Lions. Atlanta...
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