Falcons eye road win vs. Abraham’s Cards


Atlanta moved to 2-4 with its 31-23 Week 7 victory over Tampa Bay. Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and recorded a career-high passer rating of 148.4. Wideout Harry Douglas embraced the No. 1 receiving role with a sidelined Julio Jones and Roddy White and paced the offense with a career-high 149 yards and a 37-yard touchdown. The 149 receiving yards marked the most ever by a Falcons player against the Buccaneers.

“He stepped up to the plate and did an extremely good job,” head coach Mike Smith said of Douglas.


The Falcons were awful in the run game against Tampa Bay, posting a season-low 18 yards on 18 carries, but running back Jacquizz Rodgers was outstanding in the passing attack. Rodgers hauled in a team-high eight receptions for 46 yards and two touchdowns out of the Atlanta backfield.

“I thought we put together a very good plan to utilize the strengths of our players,”said Smith. “We talked during the bye week, if you had a Falcons logo on your helmet you were expected to step up and make plays…and I thought we did that.”

Defensively, William Moore and Thomas DeCoud helped set the tone early. Moore came in on the blitz and caused a sack-fumble that DeCoud ran in for a 30-yard touchdown.

“It was a great play call by coach (Mike) Nolan,” Moore said of his defensive coordinator. “He called it and we executed it perfectly and got a big turnover.”


Atlanta will hit the road to take on the 3-4 Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. The Falcons are 0-2 away from the Georgia Dome this season and have not been on the road since Week 3 when they fell to the Dolphins 27-23 in South Beach.

Former Falcon John Abraham will be suiting up for the Cardinals. Arizona picked up the three-time All-Pro defensive end after the Falcons released him this offseason. Abraham started seven seasons for the Falcons (2006- 2012) and his 124.0 career sacks are the most among all active players. Abraham posted 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles last week against Seattle and this will be a significant game for the motivated 35-year-old.

Ryan threw a career-high five interceptions in last season’s 23-19 win over Arizona and enters this game with multiple passing touchdowns in all six games this season compared to only three interceptions.

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