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Falcons Vs. Eagles: Atlanta looking to ramp up running game

Michael Turner might be seeing more carries sooner rather than later, as the Falcons plan on ramping up their running game.

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

When the Atlanta Falcons take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8, Falcons fans may see a slightly different rush offense than they've seen through Atlanta's first six games.

Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are going to make a concerted effort to improve their ground game going forward.

During the self-scout, it was apparent that they could score more points with a better rushing attack.

"We just have to execute better and that's all 11 guys on the field," running back Michael Turner said. "That's mainly what it is."

Turner's carries have been drastically cut, but he's still averaging 4.3 yards per.

Despite a perfect record, Atlanta's rushing attack has been one of the worst in the league. The Falcons have averaged just 86.5 yards per game on the ground -- fourth worst in the league. By contrast, Atlanta's passing attack has been the eighth best in the league, averaging 274.8 yards per game.

Michael Turner has averaged just 14 carries per game so far this year, carrying the ball 84 times through Atlanta's first six games, for 357 yards. Turner has three rushing touchdowns.

How many more carries Turner will receive is unknown, but the Falcons appear ready to increase his workload, as they prepare to take on the Eagles in Week 8.

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