Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 12/2/11
  John Abraham believes the Falcons need more sacks to help the pass defense. Here, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) sits on the field after being sacked by Falcons defensive end John Abraham in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago. AP FLOWERY BRANCH – After shutting down Minnesota, the Falcons’ defense moved into the top 10 for the first time this late in the season under Falcons coach Mike Smith.  The pass defense (245.7 yards per game) is ranked 23rd. The run defense (83.5) is ranked second. Overall, the defense (329.2) is ranked ninth in the league. The defense was ranked 15th last week, but they jumped up six spots after shutting down Minnesota. A top 10 defense is almost prerequisite to winning a Super Bowl title. Eleven of the past 15 Super Bowl winners had a defense that ranked in the top 10 during the regular season. Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards is all smiles walking on to the field after defeating his former team, the Vikings, 24-14 at the …
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