Burner Turner has biggest game of the season

Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, runs for 4 yards as Browns linebacker Scott Fujita defends. Associated Press

Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, runs for 4 yards as Browns linebacker Scott Fujita defends. Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Falcons running back Michael Turner busted loose for a 55-yard run in the second quarter, his longest of the season.

“It was just some great blocking up front,” Turner said. “I saw a hole and exploded through there. The easy part was just to run.”

Turner was tackled at Cleveland’s 12-yard line by safety Abraham Elam.

“I was throwing guys off of me so I didn’t see him until the last second, toward the end of the play,” Turner said. “I was hoping that I was able to finish the run off.”

Turner rushed for 140 yards on 19 carries. Overall, the Falcons rushed 31 times for 165 yards (5.3 per carry). The Falcons outrushed the Browns 165-48.

His previous rushing high this season was the 114 yards he gain against New Orleans on Sept. 26.

It was the first time this season that the Browns have allowed a 100-yard rusher.

Dating back to last season, the Browns had gone six straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.

Since 2008, Turner has averaged 92.3 yards per game, which ranks third in the NFL during that time.

Despite his heroics, Turner wanted to talk about Kroy Biermann’s touchdown run.

“He batted the ball, caught the ball and got up and scored,” Turner said. “That’s the trifecta right there.”

He didn’t see if Biermann had the ball “high and tight” like a running back.

” I was just waiting on him to get across that goal line,” Turner said.

The offense perked up with the 45-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White.

“We were moving the ball, but not putting any points on the board,” Turner said. “Finally, we got one touchdown and we saw that it killed their momentum on their side of the field.”

Some of the Cleveland folks thought the Browns were in trouble when they had to play Jake Delhomme after Seneca Wallace was injured.

“I think the touchdown, the deep pass, took more out of them than the quarterback getting hurt.”

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Dirty Pimp

October 10th, 2010
9:01 pm

I guess FIRST is what I start off with. Great win today. The Falcons’ defense is playing extremely well, glad I picked them up on my fantasy team. Burner banged them hard all day. We definitely need to score in the red-zone, but 4-1 is 4-1. GO FALCONS!!!

Iron Head

October 10th, 2010
9:01 pm

Great game Falcons

Sid

October 10th, 2010
9:01 pm

you should have said biggest game of the season SO FAR……………..!!!

falcons4life

October 10th, 2010
9:03 pm

falcons on top baby woooooooooooooooo yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa thats how u play football
wow the saints lost 2 da cardinals we got dis division rapped up

Sid

October 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

Sweet pass Ice……………….!!

Reid Adair

October 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

It was great to see Michael Turner running like that today. What a great game for the Burner.

Sid

October 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

The Browns hung in there but there defense was whipped and once Wallace went out it was ours…….

NRBQ

October 10th, 2010
9:14 pm

Orlando,

Your story on the long TD to Roddy is incorrect. Brown was in coverage on that play. The TV announcers made a big deal about coming right back at an injured player.

(We are correcting that. –dol)

FalconUGAFan

October 10th, 2010
9:28 pm

Falconfan

October 10th, 2010
9:29 pm

Great win FALCONS!!!!! Enjoy it for tonight! Then get your mind right to go up to PHILLY and beat those nasty EAGLES!

Eric C.

October 10th, 2010
9:36 pm

Yes, great game and thanks Falcons for winning today…takes a little sting off the Braves loss

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yo mama

October 10th, 2010
9:55 pm

anyone heard from Hiramasaint?

robertussen

October 10th, 2010
10:05 pm

whats up with spoon

Post-It

October 10th, 2010
10:05 pm

Or SeenThisB4?

poppa falcon

October 10th, 2010
10:11 pm

“I was throwing guys off of me…..”———-Micheal Turner. THAT, Ladies & Gents, is a QUOTE for your A$$! GREAT job, Falcons!!

SirReal

October 10th, 2010
10:12 pm

Solid win…good to see Ryan throw one down field. Glad to see he actually does have arm strength. We got the ground game going for the sake of eating clock. We still have to clean up some things, especially on offense but a win is a win. I like how we’re creating turnovers. This defense is starting to turn the corner and Moore may be a lock at safety now if he keeps this up. Well, with all the festivities of this win…we have a test next week against Philly. This is gonna be our biggest test to date but if we can go into New Orleans and beat them, we can do the same to Philly. Go Birds!

O'Brien

October 10th, 2010
10:21 pm

I am still concerned about Matt Ryan and the offense. I dont like the play calling. its like we run 90% of the time on first down. We need to mix it up more.

Fan

October 10th, 2010
10:21 pm

Burner Turner was Burner-out Turner in the Steelers game. The way Falcon fans are acting, I wonder. Do you have your Super Bowl tickets yet?????????? Don’t waste your money. You will not be there !!!!!!!!

Falconfever

October 10th, 2010
10:24 pm

Great to see The Burner back to his old self! Great season to be a Falcon Fan!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 10th, 2010
10:46 pm

Robertussen — Spoon is getting an MRI on Monday.

Kris In Loganville

October 10th, 2010
11:05 pm

The Falcons are great! This is the team we have waited and hoped for them to turn into. they should be extremely proud of what they have become because we fans sure are!

I said it here last week-they have not looked so confident and so powerful since the 1998 season, the year the Falcons went to the Super Bowl. This team is solid all the way around and they know how to win it hard and ugly if necessary.

This team is now the best team in the NFC. I think there will be little doubt about that if they take care of the perennially overrated eagles next week, the Saints again and Green Bay later down the stretch.

I’m feeling a little de ja vu. Could it be that this team is headed for the Big game?

Falcons Chic

October 10th, 2010
11:16 pm

Biermann in the backfield? All over the field? Good things are gonna happen. Love the props from Burner for a DE. He is nimble. What is it about our rugby scrummers: Dahl last week, Biermann this week? Even my Browns fan BIL wasn’t hating life too badly because he knows how much we all like Biermann. Anybody else want to give me a virtual dap/high five? Browns have been shutting down TE all year. Was it the WEEK for D touchdowns, OR WHAT?

Greg from Marietta

October 10th, 2010
11:21 pm

Where is SeenThisB4 and Hiram Saint? I’ve got a question for them. Who is in sole possession of 1st place in the NFC South? It sure isn’t the Saints!! It’s the Falcons! The team that we destroyed beat your faltering Saints all over the field. Let’s hear some of your smack now. Who’s time is it? It’s the Falcon’s time that’s who!!! I wonder if the honorary village idiot will have the guts to comment on our blog now? The Game in Cleveland wasn’t pretty but as Smitty Said a win is a win and we’ll take it.

Big Ray

October 10th, 2010
11:49 pm

WAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

The Saints got beaten by an undrafted QB, and lost to the team that WE crushed 41-7 a few weeks ago.

WAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA! GEAUX SAINTS! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!

Oh yeah. And the Falcons won in Cleveland.

AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!

stendek

October 11th, 2010
12:10 am

My sincere thanks to the Falcon defense. Thanks for victory guys! Also kudos to Roddy White for holding onto the one catch that counted. Well done! Matty Lice continues to look like he does not have a clue. Field goals? FIELD GOALS! Thanks for nothing Mike Petrino. Hard work appreciated defense. Keep up excellennt play. If Mike Sick plays break his damn thug neck! That ought to keep him out for a while. Corrupt legal system unuable to do so. STENDEK

charles

October 11th, 2010
12:26 am

Ah come on now stendek, we’re more that that we have a team again. Mike V. don’t matter, if he play he plays but get over him he’s payed his dues. Now that being said, this team is we can appreciate I love it 4-1 feel great.P.S. anyone seen b-4 GO BIRDS

drmondo

October 11th, 2010
12:29 am

Good win today. I’ll give credit to Mularkey since I usually point out his shrtcomings. Pounding the ball early paid off. Cleveland’s D was tired and it helped our point-challenged offense. Good game for Turner and White. The Defense played very well…Beirmann, Abraham, Moore, even Anderson did a great job.

sawthat1nce

October 11th, 2010
12:36 am

Some of ya’ll asked where SeenThisb4 and hiramsaint are. They don’t come around here no more, too much.

J.J.M.

October 11th, 2010
1:43 am

we have bad luck with out first round picks I see

Falcons 4 Real

October 11th, 2010
1:46 am

This game had “trap” written all over it but credit the birds with another great W. I love the offensive approach to the game, you saw the Cleveland defense wear down late in the game just as the New Orleans’ defense did two weeks ago. Abe ate Thomas’ lunch today and if the Beer Man keeps playing like this I say we line him up with every reality TV star we can find. Rise up!

Falcons 4 Real

October 11th, 2010
1:49 am

sawthat1nce they must be celebrating that huge win over the Arizona Hardlynows. What? Oh, my mistake.

Dontavius Supremo

October 11th, 2010
6:36 am

In pro sports, when you beat a team on the road, in their place, on their field, in front of their fans……………………………SWEET! Good days work guys!

HJones

October 11th, 2010
7:13 am

DID THE FALCONS SCORE A TOUCHDOWN AFTER TURNER”S RUN??????? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TURNER’S YARDAGE HAD HARDLY ANYTHING TO TO WITH THE WIN. IT TAKES POINTS TO WIN A GAME. THE PLAY CALLING IS HORRIBLE!! IT IS NOT THE ACTUAL PLAYS BUT THE SEQUENCE OF THE PLAYS AND WHERE CALLED!!! THE OTHER TEAM PUTS TREMENDOUS PRESSURE ON MATT RYAN BECAUSE THE OTHER TEAM KNOWS WHEN HE IS GOING TO PASS. OUR RUNNING GAME FAILS EARLY EACH WEEK BECAUSE THE OTHER TEAM KNOWS WHEN THE FALCONS WILL RUN THE BALL. I AM 64 YEARS OLD AND I CAN PREDICT THE PLAYS IN EVERY GAME SO IT FOLLOWS THAT A COACH CAN TOO. PLEASE CHANGE AS IT IS SO FRUSTRATING WATCHING THE GAMES WHEN THE OFFENSE IS PLAYING WITH ONE ARM BEHIND IT’S BACK.

ctfalconsfan

October 11th, 2010
8:34 am

Nice win but again the Browns, like San Fran, is a team ATL should beat!

I think the real test will be this weekend, on the road, against Philly. A win over the Eagles will go a long way to start distancing ATL from the rest of the NFC pack.

GO FALCONS!!

cejay

October 11th, 2010
8:38 am

Where’s all the saint’s losers???? Falcons are the UNDISPUTED leaders of the NFC South. Maybe the aint’s could have come to Atlanta and got some pointers on how to manhandle the Cardinals !!!! I can’t wait for the excuses to fly!!!

seendisb4

October 11th, 2010
8:39 am

I just took a huge stendek and it smeared the bowl on the way down.

Zoomie

October 11th, 2010
8:42 am

Squeaked out another one on the play of the defense. I’m concerned about the lackluster play of the Falcon’s offense. The team I’ve watched for the last two weeks will not be competitive against the true top-tier teams in the NFL. Matt Ryan is indecisive and is holding onto the ball too long. It’s past time to deal with the #72 problem; he’s going to get Matt Ryan injured. With all the weapons the Falcons have, they just don’t seem able to score touchdowns (the offense at least; ATL’s defense seems to score just fine).

Of course, you’ve got to give credit to a team that just continues to scrap and grind out the wins. Glad to see the birds at 4-1 at this point.

On a side note: I was just checking the NFC South standings. It’s kind of difficult to see around those rising Buccaneers, but is that the New Orleans Saints hanging out down there with the Carolina Kitties?

ctfalconsfan

October 11th, 2010
8:56 am

Zoombie, good point about #72! He’s a problem on the blindside.

I have started warching him more and more. Run wise I think he’s doing OK but certainly his pass protecting skills are average to poor. Either he’s missing blocks, not engaging the pass rusher long enough or he’s getting penalized.

DOL – Any word from ATL on fixing this huge problem in our O-LINE? Thanks

Joe Tess Fish House

October 11th, 2010
9:12 am

Where was Jenkins? Why oh why dit the Falcons keep this guy when he hasnnt played a down this sesion. To make maters worst, they past on both TO and Randy Moss.

BOOOOOOO Falcons

SeenThisB4

October 11th, 2010
9:16 am

Ceejay: No excuses, we beat ourselves yesterday. You can’t expect to win when you turn the ball over at a 4 to 1 ratio regardless of who the opponent is.

But, that doesn’t mean the Saints are turning in the towel or waving a white flag.

Far from it, you bird dropping eating toads.

Your sorry team is up only one game up in the divison, and your falcan’t fans are acting like they have the number 1 seed sewed up. Guess with the all the loser teams the ATL, a little glimpse of success seems like domination to you birdbrained nimkompoops.

The Saints aren’t out of this war. We’re still in it, and we’re in it to win it, AGAIN.

Every great team has a little setback along the way, this team will explode from here on out.

I can already see you gutless worm eaters starting to sweat!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Falcon Jim

October 11th, 2010
9:23 am

The pessimist just sound so silly. I guess society will always have these kinds. It’s funny, my father was one of these type sports fans that, no matter what you did, it was never good enough. I would constantly kid him because he was the President of the Atlanta Optimist Club! So ironic, so true.

Also, TYPING IN ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME IS ANNOYING and considered rude in internet etiquette.

Falcon Jim

October 11th, 2010
9:25 am

B4, remember what I said yesterday…………”irritation with dignity.”

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

North FLA Falcon

October 11th, 2010
9:31 am

We won with running game and defense. Tweak the offense a bit and get ready for divisional play. Falcons are a tough team!

ctfalconsfan

October 11th, 2010
9:38 am

SeenThisB4 – One and done!! Saints are on a death spiral..

I never like routing for other NFC South teams but I’m certainly hoping the Bucs take care of buisness this coming weekend against the Aints!!

GameReviewer

October 11th, 2010
9:41 am

I agree with people who think the play calling is PREDICTABLE. See any screen passes? No, of course not. See many passes on first down? See any draw plays?

Oh and what the hell is up with the Brett Farve style handoff that EVERYONE can see from a mile away? Ryan holds it out there for at LEAST 2 or 3 seconds. No wonder Turner has trouble running most of the time. The defense KNOWS when they will run so that sit back and KEY on him.

The amazing thing is we are still winning DESPITE this horrible play calling. That’s a tribute to the talent of the players. If they mix up the play calling they could be blowing out these teams.

FHZ

October 11th, 2010
9:45 am

Falcons need a OLB who can cover on 3rd downs now.. “Spoon” may not be out for the season, but he will probably miss some time if he needs an MRI.

RE: Joe Tess Fish House

October 11th, 2010
9:48 am

you cant past on Randy Moss and T.O. you idiot. Its PASSED on them. Please quit posting on these articles. No one wants either of the LOSERS. Looked up the definition of idiot for you: An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficient person. Sounds like you. We are 4-1 without T.O. who is a loser. And without Moss….another LOSER! Your ATL and Falcons card has been revoked! STEP!

RE: Seenthisb4

October 11th, 2010
9:49 am

Way to man up and show up. Hate the Saints, Respect you.

JOE FISH….learn something from this guy. He knows football. You are a MORON! NO one wants Moss or T.O. …..wait Maybe we can get Meshon or Jerry Rice…..Plain STUPID!

RE: FHZ

October 11th, 2010
9:50 am

Maybe we can get Moss or T.O. to be our third down LB. Ask Joe “idiot” fish!