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Ravens Vs. Falcons Thursday Night Football Game Update: Falcons' Defense On Near-Record Pace

The Atlanta Falcons have been having quite the offensive season so far but it’s their defense that has been the driving force behind their 10-0 halftime lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the first Thursday Night Football game of the season.

The Falcons’ defense has played as well as they have all season allowing only 76 yards in the first half, 31 passing and 45 rushing. If they can maintain the same level of intensity, this would be the second-best defensive performance – yardage-wise – since head coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008. Their best defensive effort was in 2008 against the Oakland Raiders when the Falcons gave up only 77 yards in the entire game en route to a 24-0 win.

This would obviously be a much more impressive effort if they are able to hold the Ravens to under 150 total yards. The Ravens are one of the AFC’s best teams and while the 2008 Raiders were led by JaMarcus Russell on their way to a 5-11 year.

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