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ATLANTA (2 - 4) at ARIZONA (3 - 4)
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Week 8 Sunday, 10/27/2013 4:25 PM
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ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-4-5.92-45-125.514.7374.7(6.2)
Road Games0-2-20-21-120.011.5372.0(6.2)
Last 3 Games1-2-4.91-23-027.313.7370.3(6.1)1.027.712.3357.7(6.1)0.3
Dome Games2-3-4.92-34-126.015.0374.2(6.4)
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.514.721.329:5219-68(3.6)29-4170.2%306(7.5)60-375(6.2)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.911.819.630:0927-107(4)22-3661.2%239(6.7)63-346(5.5)(15.8)
Offense Road Games20.011.521.030:5922-117(5.3)24-3863.2%255(6.7)60-372(6.2)(18.6)
Defense (All Games)26.210.519.530:0824-100(4.2)24-3765.5%267(7.3)60-366(6.1)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.111.418.830:1925-95(3.8)22-3859.1%237(6.3)63-332(5.3)(15.7)
Defense Road Games25.011.517.029:0122-84(3.8)25-3571.4%268(7.7)57-352(6.2)(14.1)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-645.8%1-171.4%1-34(25.7)2-11(5.3)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.61.7 14-536.5%1-039.3%2-45(23.1)20-2(8)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-652.0%0-00.0%1-35(23.7)2-3(1.7)4-35

ARIZONA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-4-0.54-33-419.07.7309.7(5.1)2.423.013.3349.7(5.5)2.1
Home Games2-1+1.32-11-223.07.7277.3(4.5)2.020.312.3339.7(5.8)2.3
Last 3 Games1-2-0.71-22-121.39.0295.7(4.9)
Dome Games2-3-0.73-22-320.08.0293.8(4.9)2.023.812.2361.6(5.9)2.0
ARIZONA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.07.719.928:3522-78(3.5)23-3860.7%232(6.1)60-310(5.1)(16.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.209.719.129:4625-104(4.2)22-3562.3%233(6.6)60-336(5.6)(16.8)
Offense Home Games23.07.721.730:5224-69(2.9)24-3863.7%208(5.5)61-277(4.5)(12.1)
Defense (All Games)23.013.320.731:2527-97(3.6)23-3761.2%253(6.8)64-350(5.5)(15.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.811.82031:2828-110(3.9)21-3460.9%234(6.8)63-344(5.5)(14.5)
Defense Home Games20.312.319.329:0824-93(3.9)21-3560.6%247(7.1)59-340(5.8)(16.7)
ARIZONA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.20.822.313-535.6%1-043.1%2-43(23.6)11-2(5.5)6-56
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-540.7%1-040.0%2-44(19.1)2-16(8)7-64
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-538.6%1-048.8%2-40(22.1)18-2(7.5)7-60
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-542.9%1-00.0%2-35(20.8)2-10(4.1)9-83
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 19.3,  ARIZONA 24
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ NEW ORLEANS17-23L3.5L53.5U14-8825-38-279229-7826-35-3411
9/15/2013ST LOUIS31-24W-4W48O16-3633-43-357018-6932-55-3521
9/22/2013@ MIAMI23-27L3L45O30-14623-38-231215-9024-35-1952
9/29/2013NEW ENGLAND23-30L-3L49.5O15-5834-54-399131-13220-31-3160
10/7/2013NY JETS28-30L-9.5L45O22-6437-46-299122-11816-20-1700
10/20/2013TAMPA BAY31-23W-6.5W43.5O18-1820-26-273128-11126-44-2261
10/27/2013@ ARIZONA            
11/3/2013@ CAROLINA            
11/17/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
11/21/2013NEW ORLEANS            

ARIZONA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ ST LOUIS24-27L3.5W43.5O26-8626-40-304224-6727-38-2992
9/22/2013@ NEW ORLEANS7-31L7L48.5U16-8618-35-161224-10429-46-3191
9/29/2013@ TAMPA BAY13-10W2.5W40U20-5621-38-240331-8024-43-1733
10/13/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO20-32L9.5L40.5O21-10925-41-294438-14916-29-2382
11/17/2013@ JACKSONVILLE            
ATLANTA: Atlanta finally transitioned to a pass-first offense in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's first year, though with new No. 1 back Steven Jackson replacing over-the-hill Michael Turner, they at least have the threat of a running game now. Koetter brought in more zone looks, and they should continue to move away from the man blocking of past regimes. Jackson can play three downs, but they may be careful with his workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. They trust No. 2 back Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game and on some runs out of spread looks, and they'll rotate Jason Snelling in as well. The biggest addition Koetter made to the passing game was more bubble screens, which proved to be one of their best weapons. They use a lot of motion to create mismatches and effectively use bunch formations for added confusion. Roddy White remains Matt Ryan's favorite target, while Julio Jones is frequently used either downfield, or on those bubble screens. Ryan's second look is usually for TE Tony Gonzalez up the seam. Atlanta gets more balanced in the red zone, and that should hold true with Jackson replacing Turner as the red zone and goal line back. The Falcons are hoping disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora seriously helps a pass rush that totaled nine sacks in the second half of the year. Atlanta ranked 24th in yards allowed last season (366 YPG), but forced 31 turnovers (T-4th in NFL), including a dozen in the final five games. Atlanta departed with veteran DE John Abraham and CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, but the secondary is still loaded with FS Thomas DeCoud (6 INT), CB Asante Samuel (5 INT) and rookie CB Desmond Trufant. The front seven has questions, but both top tacklers, LBs Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas, are now healthy.
ARIZONA: The Cardinals again reached into the Bill Cowher coaching tree to get their head coach, and Bruce Arians brought offensive line guru Harold Goodwin from Indianapolis with him to be the offensive coordinator. Expect them to build this offense around a power running game with a lot of between-the-tackles running. Arians had Rashard Mendenhall in Pittsburgh and plans on giving him a monster workload. Mendenhall should be better in his second full season back from a torn ACL. Ryan Williams is shaping up as a change-of-pace back and will have to beat out Mendenhall for third down duties. Arians' passing game takes a lot of deep shots. While Carson Palmer's arm strength disappeared years ago, he's still willing to loft passes deep and let his receivers try to make plays. That's good news for Larry Fitzgerald, and Arians will use a lot of movement and bunch formations to get him open. The Cards will use a lot of three-receiver sets with Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd running some deep crosses, and Andre Roberts in the slot. TE Rob Housler should be frequently targeted over the middle. Arians has never used his backs as receivers much, but always had a habit of getting cute in the red zone, using a lot of play-action. Fitzgerald is obviously their best red zone threat. The Cardinals allowed 137 rushing YPG last year (5th-most in NFL), but they seriously bolstered their defense in the offseason with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and four quality free agents in LB Karlos Dansby, SS Yeremiah Bell and DEs Matt Shaughnessy and Frostee Rucker. Rookies FS Tyrann Mathieu and ILB Keith Minter could be special players, but two Arizona players that already are special are DE Calais Campbell and CB Patrick Peterson, who had seven of the Cardinals' 22 interceptions last year (2nd in NFL).
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*Falcons-Cardinals Preview* ===========================


With their longest losing streak in six seasons behind them, the Atlanta Falcons appear ready to move forward with confidence.

Hoping to avoid their first 0-3 road start since 2007, the Falcons look to win consecutive games for the first time this season while trying to hand the Arizona Cardinals a third straight defeat Sunday.

Minus injured stars Julio Jones, Roddy White and Steven Jackson, Atlanta (2-4) used some bye-week adjustments to snap a three-game slide by posting a 31-23 victory over Tampa Bay last Sunday.

"We talked during the bye week, if you had a Falcons logo on your helmet you were expected to step up and make plays," coach Mike Smith told the team's official website. "Whether a young guy, old guy, we all needed to do that, and I thought we did that.

"We are going to continue to work."

Harry Douglas caught seven passes for a career-high 149 yards with a touchdown, and Jacquizz Rodgers had eight receptions out of the backfield for 46 yards and two scores.

Defensively, the Falcons used a deeper rotation across the line to help record three sacks. Defensive back Thomas DeCoud gave Atlanta a boost early with a fumble he returned 30 yards for the opening touchdown.

"Confidence is a beast," said tight end Tony Gonzalez, who had two catches for 30 yards after recording 22 for 246 in the previous two contests.

"Hopefully this is something we can build on."

While it's uncertain if White will miss a second straight game due to hamstring and ankle problems, Jackson hopes to return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him the last four contests.

Jackson has carried the ball 14 times for 77 yards in a little over four quarters of action since signing with the Falcons in March.

"You've got to go in and take it one day at a time when you're coming back from an injury," Smith said.

Though Rodgers is a versatile threat who leads the team with four overall touchdowns, Atlanta rushed for 18 yards on 18 attempts last Sunday. The Falcons' 410 rushing yards and 115 carries are both the fewest in the NFL.

"As a group, running backs have to run harder," said Rodgers, who has averaged 2.7 yards per carry in the last two games. "Everybody's got to be on the same page, blocking the right man, and us as running backs have to get downhill faster, so we can be efficient going down the stretch."

With or without Jackson and facing ex-Falcon linebacker John Abraham, Atlanta might have a good chance to improve its run game against an Arizona team that's allowed 284 rushing yards in consecutive losses to San Francisco and Seattle. The Cardinals (3-4) gave up an average of 79.0 in their first five contests.

"We've done a good job of not giving up a lot yards on the ground, but things happen," Abraham said after recording two sacks and forcing two fumbles during last Thursday's 34-22 loss during which the Seahawks rushed for 135 yards.

The Cardinals' own rushing woes continued with a season-low 30 yards versus Seattle. Arizona is tied for 26th, averaging 3.5 yards per carry, right behind Atlanta (3.6).

"Anytime you put yourself in position where you've got to pass in this league and they know what's coming, you're going to be in for a long day," tackle Eric Winston said.

Carson Palmer has not helped matters by throwing 11 of his 13 interceptions in the last five weeks. He also was sacked seven times against the Seahawks after absorbing 13 in the previous five contests.

"Everybody needs to step up their game, mainly me being the quarterback - that's your job," said Palmer, whose 69.5 passer rating is better only than Brandon Weeden, Eli Manning, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman.

"We've got to keep growing."

Larry Fitzgerald, meanwhile, continues to play through hamstring issues. The star receiver was held to two receptions for 17 yards last week after catching six passes for a season-high 117 and a TD during the 32-20 loss to the 49ers on Oct. 13.

Fitzgerald managed one catch for 11 yards during last season's 23-19 loss at Atlanta. He had 13 receptions for 184 yards in his previous two games against the Falcons, including 101 and a TD during the Cardinals' 30-24 wild-card playoff victory Jan. 3, 2009, in the teams' most recent meeting in Arizona.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in that playoff defeat, but has won both ensuing games against the Cardinals. The Falcons prevailed in last season's meeting despite Ryan throwing no TDs and a career-high five picks.

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