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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/29/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ENGLAND (3 - 0) at ATLANTA (1 - 2)
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Week 4 Sunday, 9/29/2013 8:30 PM
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223NEW ENGLAND4849.5
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0+31-20-319.715.7340.3(4.7)1.311.36.7309.0(4.9)2.3
Road Games1-0+10-10-123.017.0431.0(5)
Last 3 Games3-0+31-20-319.715.7340.3(4.7)1.311.36.7309.0(4.9)2.3
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.715.718.732:1531-123(4)24-4257.5%218(5.1)73-340(4.7)(17.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2012.619.331:2729-114(3.9)22-3955.1%230(5.9)68-344(5)(17.2)
Offense Road Games23.017.026.037:4335-158(4.5)29-5255.8%273(5.2)87-431(5)(18.7)
Defense (All Games)11.36.716.027:4529-121(4.1)17-3450.5%188(5.5)64-309(4.9)(27.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.17.18.817.629:3330-125(4.1)18-3453.1%211(6.2)64-337(5.2)(19.7)
Defense Road Games21.014.015.022:1734-136(4)18-2766.7%150(5.6)61-286(4.7)(13.6)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.41.41.717-636.9%1-014.3%2-41(21.7)25-3(9.6)7-65
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-533.3%1-00.0%0-6(19)1-6(6.3)7-63
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 15-534.8%1-00.0%1-26(23.4)12-2(6.9)9-85
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-430.8%0-00.0%1-19(19)0-0(0)10-75

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-2-11-22-123.715.7379.0(6.4)1.324.78.7375.0(6)1.3
Home Games1-0+11-01-031.024.0393.0(6.7)
Last 3 Games1-2-11-22-123.715.7379.0(6.4)1.324.78.7375.0(6)1.3
Dome Games1-101-11-124.017.0380.0(6.8)
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.715.720.330:4520-90(4.5)27-4068.1%289(7.3)60-379(6.4)(16)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Home Games31.024.019.030:1716-36(2.2)33-4376.7%357(8.3)59-393(6.7)(12.7)
Defense (All Games)24.78.719.329:1521-79(3.8)27-4265.6%296(7.1)62-375(6)(15.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Home Games24.03.024.029:4318-69(3.8)32-5558.2%352(6.4)73-421(5.8)(17.5)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-747.6%1-166.7%1-32(24)3-4(1.6)5-41
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 14-640.0%1-041.7%2-37(24.3)11-2(4.8)5-43
Stats Against (Home Games) 17-741.2%2-2100.0%1-25(25)4-6(1.5)7-53
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ENGLAND 16,  ATLANTA 20
NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ BUFFALO23-21W-10L51U35-15829-52-273334-13618-27-1502
9/12/2013NY JETS13-10W-10.5L43.5U24-5419-39-178032-12915-35-1894
9/22/2013TAMPA BAY23-3W-7W44.5U33-15625-36-202122-9719-41-2261
9/29/2013@ ATLANTA            
10/6/2013@ CINCINNATI            
10/13/2013NEW ORLEANS            
10/20/2013@ NY JETS            

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 ENGLAND            
10/7/2013NY JETS            
10/20/2013TAMPA BAY            
10/27/2013@ ARIZONA            
NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them. The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.
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.
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*Patriots-Falcons Preview* ==========================


The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons aren't looking like the offensive machines some might have expected them to be.

Both teams are dealing with significant injuries on offense and red-zone issues, but one is still finding a way to win as they get set to meet Sunday night in Atlanta.

The 3-0 Patriots, a season after averaging a league-high 34.8 points per game, are one of 11 NFL teams averaging under 20 at 19.7. The other 10 have a combined record of 7-23, and the 2-1 Jets are the only other team in the group with a winning record.

"I feel good. 3-0. You can't ask for anything better," defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. "We know our offense, sooner or later, they're going to start clicking."

It's going to be hard for it to get any worse inside the opponent's 20-yard line, where the Patriots are last in red-zone performance.

"Just poor execution," quarterback Tom Brady said. "I've been one of the main culprits."

There could be a turnaround coming if tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola play this week, though both are listed as questionable.

So far this year, the receiving duties have been filled by Julian Edelman's league high-tying 27 catches and rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson. Despite a pair of touchdown catches from Thompkins and seven receptions from Dobson in last Sunday's 23-3 win over Tampa Bay, cohesiveness with Brady has been lacking at times.

Brady has completed 57.5 percent of his passes, his worst three-game mark to open a season since 2006 (53.3), and he's hanging it all on himself.

"I think throwing an interception right to a strong safety last week doesn't help, especially (when) two plays before I had a wide-open guy," Brady said. "I think plays like that are more the problem. I have to do a good job finding the open guys, guys that are running free and then hit them. That will help our red-zone offense more than anything."

The Patriots have managed to overcome the shaky offense by allowing 34 points. The 11.3 points-against average is tied for second with Kansas City and behind only Seattle's 9.0.

They are one of 10 teams to hold their first three opponents under 1,000 yards and have allowed an average of 188.3 yards in the air. New England is second in the AFC in takeaways while cornerback Aqib Talib leads the NFL with three interceptions.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons (1-2), though, should provide a significantly greater test than rookies EJ Manuel and Geno Smith and the recently benched Josh Freeman.

Atlanta's 23.7 points per game isn't a huge departure from last year's 26.2, but coach Mike Smith wasn't at all happy about the way things went down in his team's 27-23 loss to Miami last Sunday.

"We did not play very good situational football. We're talking about red zone, two minute and third downs," Smith said. "We gave up 10 points in two-minute situations - a field goal at the end of the half, and seven points at the end of the game.

"We weren't as efficient as we needed to be on third down; they were 7 of 12. We were 0 for 3 (defensively) in the red zone. We were only 2 for 5 in (offensive) red-zone efficiency so you can just do the math."

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones leads the NFL with 373 receiving yards and is tied with Edelman for the league high in receptions, but he's questionable with a knee injury.

So is fellow receiver Roddy White, who has just seven catches for 56 yards and has been dealing with an ankle injury.

"We've got to do a lot more on offense," White said. "In the red zone, score touchdowns not kick field goals, and we'll be fine. We've got to find a way to find the end zone."

Falcons running back Steven Jackson will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling are expected to again carry the load after combining for 139 rushing yards last week.

Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel is questionable with a sore thigh.

Brady is 3-0 against the Falcons, including a 26-10 home win over Ryan in the last meeting in 2009.

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