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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/1/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




ATLANTA (2 - 9) vs. BUFFALO (4 - 7)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/1/2013 4:05 PM
Rogers Centre - Toronto, ON
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ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-9-10.93-86-520.611.5348.2(5.8)1.828.114.5381.2(6.3)0.7
Road Games0-5-50-52-318.29.0349.0(5.7)3.030.416.4367.0(6.2)1.2
Last 3 Games0-3-31-21-217.07.3333.7(5.7)1.730.320.3424.7(6.7)0.0
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)20.611.520.229:1719-75(4)28-4167.2%273(6.7)60-348(5.8)(16.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.20.510.819.330:3626-104(4.1)22-3661.0%224(6.3)61-329(5.4)(16.1)
Offense Road Games18.29.019.629:2020-98(5)25-4160.9%251(6.1)61-349(5.7)(19.2)
Defense (All Games)28.114.520.830:4328-130(4.6)22-3367.4%251(7.7)61-381(6.3)(13.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.312.519.931:0027-112(4.1)21-3461.7%231(6.7)62-343(5.5)(14.7)
Defense Road Games30.416.420.430:4029-137(4.7)21-3070.7%230(7.7)59-367(6.2)(12.1)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-646.6%1-163.6%1-28(23.8)2-14(7.6)7-62
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-538.2%1-043.3%2-45(23)21-2(9.5)6-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-545.0%1-050.0%1-26(22)1-7(5)6-52

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-7-1.26-56-421.511.2331.1(4.9)1.524.811.8347.8(5.3)1.8
Road Games1-4-2.21-43-118.89.2293.0(4.5)1.228.615.8356.4(5.7)1.2
Last 3 Games1-2-0.81-21-220.011.0336.7(5)1.320.04.3259.0(4.7)1.7
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.511.218.728:1233-134(4.1)20-3456.7%197(5.7)67-331(4.9)(15.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.20.810.918.430:4526-103(3.9)21-3659.2%225(6.2)63-328(5.2)(15.8)
Offense Road Games18.89.217.827:1027-110(4.1)21-3853.6%183(4.8)65-293(4.5)(15.6)
Defense (All Games)24.811.819.732:3329-119(4.1)21-3657.1%229(6.4)65-348(5.3)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Road Games28.615.819.632:5031-121(3.9)19-3259.5%235(7.4)63-356(5.7)(12.5)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.61.5214-536.3%1-040.7%2-49(22.9)24-2(9.6)6-55
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-637.1%1-050.0%3-63(21.2)3-38(13.4)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-537.6%1-045.2%2-55(23.2)25-2(10.3)6-52
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-639.5%1-033.3%2-42(18.9)3-56(16.6)9-73
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 22.9,  BUFFALO 21.2
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ ARIZONA13-27L2.5L44.5U14-2734-61-265430-20113-18-1471
11/3/2013@ CAROLINA10-34L8.5L47U20-7820-27-211433-13123-37-2422
11/17/2013@ TAMPA BAY28-41L2L43.5O20-15224-43-268338-18620-25-2240
11/21/2013NEW ORLEANS13-17L7.5W52.5U22-9130-39-264125-10323-33-2710
12/8/2013@ GREEN BAY            
12/23/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            

BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/3/2013@ CLEVELAND24-37L3.5L41O31-15519-40-188132-9115-28-1990
10/20/2013@ MIAMI23-21W5.5W44P30-9021-32-178125-12019-37-1733
10/27/2013@ NEW ORLEANS17-35L10L48O25-8822-39-211326-7726-34-3090
11/3/2013KANSAS CITY13-23L4.5L41U38-24118-39-229323-9519-29-1150
11/10/2013@ PITTSBURGH10-23L2.5L43U22-9522-39-132133-13618-30-1641
11/17/2013NY JETS37-14W2.5W39O38-6820-28-245023-13412-29-1334
12/8/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
12/15/2013@ JACKSONVILLE            
12/29/2013@ NEW ENGLAND            
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.
BUFFALO: Don't expect major changes to the running game under new head coach Doug Marrone's regime. O-Line coach Pat Morris has leaned toward zone blocking over his career. The Bills should continue to rely on a lot of inside zone plays, which were highly effective last year. They'll continue to utilize both of their talented backs, with C.J. Spiller getting the bulk of the work over Fred Jackson. Spiller has become more of a north-south runner, making him much more effective. They'll also bring back a fullback sometimes. Marrone and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were together at Syracuse, where they ran a tempo passing game that used a lot of no-huddle and pistol formations. If EJ Manuel isn't ready Week 1, Kevin Kolb will start and should get to make a lot of decisions pre-snap. Stevie Johnson is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, and the kind of cerebral, instinctive player who should thrive in this offense. Running backs are also expected to be featured much more heavily than in recent seasons. Spiller showed an ability to pick up tough yards last year and will typically get the first crack near the goal line. The Bills surrendered 35+ points six times last year, but new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Jets DC in 2012, will try to capitalize on more forced turnovers than Dave Wannstedt's defense did last year (21 takeaways, T-9th-fewest in NFL). Pettine was criticized for running too conservative of a defense in New York, but has rolled out a hybrid 3-4 scheme in Buffalo. He has plenty of pass rushers in DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and the team also has two new starting OLBs in Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes. The quality secondary could miss hard-hitting S George Wilson, but Buffalo gets to face six opponents with bottom-6 scoring offenses from last season.
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The Atlanta Falcons have gone from posting the NFC's best record last season to the having the NFL's worst, and they're headed toward their highest draft pick since selecting quarterback Matt Ryan in 2008.

Ryan's struggles away from home are a major reason for the team's sub-standard record, and he'll look to help Atlanta end a five-game losing streak Sunday when it faces the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

The Falcons (2-9) went 13-3 and hosted the NFC championship game in 2012, but they'll finish this season under .500 for the first time since going 4-12 in 2007, leading them to take Ryan with the third overall pick.

Atlanta is tied with Jacksonville and Houston for the NFL's worst mark.

"We are disappointed in the way that we've played through the first 11 ballgames, which I think I've stated many times, too many times," coach Mike Smith said.

That trend continued in last Thursday's 17-13 home loss to New Orleans as the Falcons scored that many points or fewer for the fourth time during the skid. Smith, without mentioning names, eluded to lesser-used players getting a long look as they battle for jobs.

"I think anyone that's on our 53-man roster is going to get an opportunity to play as we move forward," Smith said. "It's going to be based on how they work in practice. It's going to be based on previous games for some of our older players, but it will be an evaluation process that's ongoing, just like always."

He cautioned not to view that stance as the team giving up, though.

"We're not going to not try to win the football game and just go into a complete evaluation mode," Smith said. "We're going to put the best players out there.

"We're concerned about winning the next game and putting a string together here at the end of the season."

Ryan has won plenty since arriving in Atlanta, but he's having a down season with 12 interceptions after throwing 14 all of last year. Last week marked the first time he didn't throw a touchdown pass in 19 games, including the playoffs.

The disparity between Ryan's stats at home and on the road has been cause for concern as well. He's completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and one interception while posting a 106.2 rating in Atlanta, but he has a 60.5 completion percentage, eight touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 70.2 rating in five road games - all losses.

"I'm not sure why. Obviously, if I knew I'd be better on the road," Ryan said. "It's tough in this league sometimes to go on the road and play well. I don't know what the reason is for it, but certainly I need to be better."

Ryan will try to bounce back against a Buffalo defense that picked off New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith three times in a 34-17 win Nov. 17 before the Bills' bye week.

Jarius Byrd had two of those interceptions and has three in his last two games. His 21 picks since entering the league in 2009 rank second.

"It was just a matter of time. I just had to feel comfortable," said Byrd, who missed the first five games with plantar fasciitis in both feet.

The Bills (4-7) ended a three-game losing streak and are anticipating receivers Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle) back after resting during the bye.

"I was very happy with the players coming back and their enthusiasm running around," coach Doug Marrone said. "We're at full strength. We don't expect anybody not to be available to us, which is a good sign."

Buffalo still is holding on to slim playoff hopes, though it would have to jump ahead of multiple teams to capture an AFC wild-card spot. It hasn't been to the playoffs since losing to Tennessee in the Music City Miracle in the 1999 season.

"We're always going to have that mentality that we're still in there," linebacker Manny Lawson said. "Until it's clear-cut and we're done, that's our goal."

Marrone is trying to keep his team focused on the task at hand.

"We're playing a good Atlanta Falcon team coming up that has a lot of pride," Marrone said. "I addressed it with the players. I said don't let people pull you out and talk to you about all this other talk. The most important thing is let's just win a game. That's where all our focus should be."

Ryan threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons beat the Bills 31-3 in the most recent meeting Dec. 27, 2009.

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