Falcons Vs. Packers: Birds Fade Against Champs, Fall 25-14

The Falcons tore out to a 14-0 lead over the Packers, but failed to adjust once Green Bay revolted. Atlanta limps to 2-3.

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Falcons Vs. Packers: Michael Turner Ran Well, But Score Dictated Balance, Says Mike Smith

Coming off a tough 25-14 home loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith commented on the performance of Michael Turner and the running game.

We wanted to run the ball, we wanted to control the clock. That was part of the game plan. That's part of our DNA and the way that the game unfolded, we weren't able to sustain some drives for the reasons I just mentioned in going through the drive chart. We've got to be able to sustain drives to be able to continue to run the football.

Maybe 20 is the magical number for Turner, Smith and the Falcons?

When the star tailback gets over 20 carries this season, the Falcons are 2-0. In those two wins Turner has averaged 23.5 carries/game and 92 rushing yards/game and three touchdowns total.

However, when Turner gets less than 20 carries this season, the Falcons are 0-3. In three losses Turner has averaged 12.3 carries/game and just 58.6 rushing yards/game and just one touchdown.

Atlanta is at home this Sunday as they host the Carolina Panthers in the Georgia Dome.

For more insights about the Falcons, check out SB Nation Falcons blog The Falcoholic.


Falcons Vs. Packers Injury Report: Todd McClure, Bryan Bulaga Out

The Atlanta Falcons will be without center Todd McClure again for their critical game against the Green Bay Packers. The longtime anchor had battled back from an early injury to play against the Buccaneers and Seahawks, but a knee injury will keep him out for another week. Rookie defense end Cliff Matthews is also out, which could be a bigger deal if John Abraham isn't able to go.

The good news is Roddy White was a full practice participant, meaning he's almost certain to go on Sunday.

The Pack will be without starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga, a setback considering defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will return for Atlanta. The two wouldn't have been paired against each other anyway, but any adjustments for Green Bay could cause challenges. Then again, the Packers won the Super Bowl last year with about six healthy players, so.


PLAYER 10/5/11 10/6/11 10/7/11
LB Stephen Nicholas (calf) LP LP FP_P
DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) LP LP LP-Q
C Todd McClure (knee) DNP DNP DNP-O
WR Roddy White (thigh) DNP LP FP-P
RB Jason Snelling (concussion) LP FP FP-P
S William Moore (neck) LP LP FP-P
CB Chris Owens (ankle) LP FP FP-P
DE Cliff Matthews (knee) DNP DNP DNP-O
TE Michael Palmer (ankle) DNP LP FP-P
DE John Abraham (hip) LP-Q


PLAYER 10/5/11 10/6/11 10/7/11
T Bryan Bulaga (knee) DNP DNP DNP-O
T Chad Clifton (knee) LP FP DNP-P
S Nick Collins (neck) DNP DNP DNP-O
WR Donald Driver (shin) DNP FP LP-P
RB Ryan Grant (kidney) FP FP FP-P
LB Brad Jones (hamstring) LP LP DNP-Q
LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder) LP LP LP-P
CB Pat Lee (back) LP LP LP-P
LB Clay Matthews (quadricep) DNP DNP DNP-P
DE Mike Neal (knee) DNP DNP DNP-O
TE Andrew Quarless (knee) DNP DNP DNP-D
TE Ryan Taylor (shoulder) LP FP FP-P
CB Tramon Williams (shoulder) LP LP LP-P
CB Charles Woodson (foot/knee) DNP DNP LP-P
LB Frank Zombo (shoulder) LP LP LP-O

For more, visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic and Packers blog Acme Packing Company.


Falcons Vs. Packers: Jonathan Babineaux, Stephen Nicholas Return To Practice

Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas (calf), who have been out in recent weeks, returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Babineaux, a defensive tackle or sees plenty of time in the Falcons' line rotation, suffered a partially torn MCL in his left knee in the season opener versus the Chicago Bears. Since Babineaux has been out, the Falcons have yet to record a sack. Starting outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas suffered a calf injury during practice Sept. 23 and has missed the past two games.

Other injury updates on the Falcons:

Noted as limited on Wednesday: Running Back Jason Snelling (concussion), Safety William Moore (neck) and cornerback Christopher Owens (ankle).

Players who did not practice: Center Todd McClure (knee), wide receiver Roddy White (thigh), tight end Michael Palmer (left ankle) and Cliff Matthews (knee).

For more coverage and insights check out SBNation Atlanta Falcons blog The Falcoholic.

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