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Quick Look: Bucs vs. Falcons

by Roland Johnson on September 22, 2011

FALCONS: QB Matt Ryan has won past 5 starts vs. TB. Has won 7 of past 8 starts vs. division. In his career, has posted 100+ rating 16 times & Falcons are 16-0. Had career-high 4 TD passes last week…In past 4 meetings, RB Michael Turner has rushed for 380 yards (95 per game) & 4 TDs. Since joining Atlanta in 2008, has rushed for 40 TDs, 2nd most in NFL. FB Ovie Mughelli had 17-yard TD catch in last meeting…WR Roddy White aims for 3rd division game in row with TD catch. Since start of 2007, has 382 receptions, 2nd most in NFC. TE Tony Gonzalez had 7 catches (2 TDs) last week & moved into 5th place all-time (1,081). WR Julio Jones leads NFC rookies with 7 catches & 100 yards. WR-KR Eric Weems had 102-yard KR-TD in last meeting. Team is 2nd in NFC with 71.4 TD pct. inside 20 (5 TDs, 7 poss.) … DE John Abraham has 8 sacks in 11 meetings. Has 104.5 career sacks, 2nd most among active players. CB Brent Grimes has INT in 3 games in row vs. TB. Defense has 5 INTs in past 3 vs. TB.

BUCCANEERS: In past 3 division starts, QB Josh Freeman has completed 58 of 88 (65.9 pct.) for 677 yards with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.3 rating. Has 130+ rating in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC South. In career, when Freeman starts & has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-1…RB LeGarrette Blount tied career-high with 2 rush TDs last week, including game-winner with 31 seconds left. Rushed for 103 yards & TD in last meeting. In past 3 vs. Atl. with 15+ att., RB Earnest Graham has rushed for 297 yards (99 per game) & 3 TDs…WR Mike Williams aims for 3rd in row vs. Atlanta with TD catch. Has 5 TDs in past 5. WR-KR Micheal Spurlock has 2 career KR-TDs vs. Atl. (90 & 89 yards). WR Arrelious Benn had 25-yard rec. TD last week. Scored 1st career TD vs. Atlanta (11/7/10). WR Preston Parker had career-high 6 catches & 98 yards last week. TE Kellen Winslow has catch in 78 games in row…CB Ronde Barber has started 185 consecutive games, most by CB in NFL history. Only player in NFL history with 25+ sacks (26) & 40+ INTs (40). Rookie LB Mason Foster had 10 tackles, sack & FF in Week 2. S Sean Jones had INT in last meeting & has INT in 3 of 4 vs. Atlanta.

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