Atlanta Falcons: Rodgers passes rushing ‘Quizz’

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner runs with the football against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner runs with the football against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Philadelphia.

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 110 all-purpose yards against the Eagles. He had 60 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and 30 yards on kickoff returns.

Rodgers also broke loose for a third-quarter 43-yard run, the Falcons’ longest from scrimmage this season.

“That was an outstanding run,” Smith said. “He did a very nice job of eluding tacklers. It was blocked well at the first level and when he got to the second level, he made some people miss.”

The Falcons rushed for a season-high 146 yards on 37 carries against the Eagles.

“They were down low and in the box,” said running back Michael Turner, who had 58 yards on 24 carries. “They were coming and guys were lined up in the gaps.”

But the Falcons stayed committed to the run in order to slow down the Eagles’ vaunted pass rush. They also mixed in an assortment of screen passes to keep the Eagles off balance.

“We want to be a balanced offense, be able to run and pass it,” Turner said. “It was good to mix it up a little bit.”

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fear da falcons

October 30th, 2012
12:21 pm

lowdownjj

October 30th, 2012
12:22 pm

Love Quizz. But we need to draft another thick between the tackles runner next year. Quiz would break down if he carried the load on every down. That’s not a knock on Rodgers. Just a fact about his body type. It was nice to see some success running the ball against Philly

lowdownjj

October 30th, 2012
12:27 pm

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lowdownjj

October 30th, 2012
12:30 pm

Woops. Fat thumbed it. Hey D-LED I know Smitty said he’d update Spoon’s condition after practice on Wed but what is your take on how serious his injury is?

Answer This

October 30th, 2012
12:31 pm

He is getting better EVERY week!. The most important thing that this kid has learned how to do is protect the QB. He has natural talent that will shine while running the ball. I have seen him stick his nose into a LB’s chest to protect Ryan; which first and foremost is the most impressive thing about him. Watch him continue to get better!

Falcon James

October 30th, 2012
1:28 pm

Quizz looked good. Would like see Turner quit making excuses and run the ball like he got a pair.

kd

October 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

quizz runs with his eyes, not just to where they said the hole is supposed to be like turner. That was evident on that big run he had when he reversed the field. im nervous evertime he gets hit though, he’s so light it looks like he is getting blasted everytime

warfalcon

October 30th, 2012
2:15 pm

The run game will be valuable in December when everyone is trying to stop the pass,remenber that.M.TURNER good running backs run to daylight,think about it.LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 30th, 2012
2:16 pm

I like Quizz and Snelling but I’d also like to see what AntoineSmith could do running the football. The O-Line definitely blocked better on Sunday in the run game. Hopefully they can continue to get better for the remainder of the year.

Esquire

October 30th, 2012
2:25 pm

NFL Power Rankings Week 9

Rank Team……………. W-L 1st Votes Points
1 Atlanta Falcons 7-0 9 - 409
2 Houston Texans 6-1 2 - 398
3 New York Giants 6-2 1 - 386
4 Chicago Bears 6-1 1 - 376
5 SF 49ers 6-2 - - 370
6 GB Packers 5-3 - - 343
7 NE Patriots 5-3 - - 341
8 B. Ravens 5-2 - - 326
9 D. Broncos 4-3 - - 321
10 P. Steelers 4-3 - - 299
21 TB Bucs 3-4 - - 170
24 N.O Caints 2-5 - - 119
30 C. Panthers 1-6 - - 54

Esquire

October 30th, 2012
2:30 pm

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired
October 30th, 2012
2:16 pm

I like Quizz and Snelling but I’d also like to see what AntoineSmith could do running the football.
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Yep, me too.

bfred

October 30th, 2012
2:47 pm

Love that pic with Clabo grabbing a seat in the background. “Okay, blew a hole open and now I’m gonna take a quick break.”

Sean

October 30th, 2012
3:34 pm

Time to start running your A off Turner! Quizz is showing you out, twinkle toes!

Mo

October 30th, 2012
3:38 pm

Turner does not and has not made any excuses for anything. Any body who knows anything about football knows this O-line has struggled to open holes in the run game for both Turner and Quizz. I swear some of these cry baby so-called Falcons fans would be whining about something if this team went undefeated and won the Super Bowl.

Mo

October 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

Lol @ some crab calling a guy twinkle toes who would not last 30 seconds against Turner or any other player on a football field.

Creaky

October 30th, 2012
4:01 pm

Every time I look and see the Falcons off to a 7-0 start I have to go back to the standings to be sure I’m not dreaming.

Just Sayin.....

October 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

Ryan still has zero 200 passing games in the playoffs.

Just Sayin…..

Samuel

October 30th, 2012
7:24 pm

Be patient Falcon fans you are going to see some good rushing with our backs as the season moves forward. You have to realize that this last game might have been the most complete game the Falcons have played. Coach Nolan will get this defense to play better down the stretch. If guys stay healthy and the backups play well, when there names are called the sky is the limit. I think the thing that’s stick out the most is the coaching staff is out- coaching teams.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 30th, 2012
7:33 pm

Matt ryan is still proving all the haters wrong ” just sayin”

abby normal

October 30th, 2012
7:35 pm

Rodgers is a good player and he certainly has a place in the Falcons offense. However, as I’ve said many times, we need a speed back that’s bigger and can play more downs. Turner is just too slow and does not hit the hole quickly enough.

TommyNobisfan60

October 30th, 2012
7:46 pm

Quizz can get the job done and if Turner can get a hole to open up then he is hard to bring down. They make a good combo. Turner softens up the D line and quizz comes in and scoots around. I like that tag team they make. Like the dynamic duo coming to a nation wide TV THIS SUN NIGHT!!!!!! I can’t wait

Fan

October 30th, 2012
8:42 pm

We need to draft a quick cut back runner. Holes in the O line are only there for a second. Turner can only plow ahead even where a big play is a few feet away in another hole or direction. No big play ability. He requires a truck size hole to break one.

KC Falcon

October 31st, 2012
1:18 am

We’ll worry about Ryan’s January statistics in January. You sould like you DON’T want Ryan to have a big January. Why is that?

detlions

October 31st, 2012
3:17 am

Why add a picture of Michael Turner when the article is about J. Rogers?

observer

October 31st, 2012
8:49 am

Turner averaged a little over 2 yards per carry. No speed, no quickness. Holes are not open for long and he is too slow to get there. O-line gets blamed but Turner is the problem. There are some big, fast RB’s available for trade before deadline..Falcons could use one. Rodgers and Snelling are not starting RB’s for a play-off team.

Falcon James

October 31st, 2012
9:39 am

Tuner is averaging .3 yards per carry more than Rodgers. For all the math majors out there, that is a hole 1 foot more. That is absolutley pitiful. This is his worst season since coming into the league. All you hear from him is excuses and to say the OL is the problem, is just another excuse.

single white dove

October 31st, 2012
9:46 am

Is there any reason why the Falcons should not pick up Steven Jackson?

D man

October 31st, 2012
9:58 am

Quiz is doing better this year. We still need another proven back since Turner is slowing down.

GB's Hamburgers

October 31st, 2012
10:11 am

Don’t get all giddy about a good game by Quizz. It’s more about the law of averages and how if he kept getting the ball and was’t knocked down by a blade of grass he might finally have a good run. Don’t you think if they handed the ball off to Antoine Smith as much there would be many big runs? They bestowed millions of dollars on him and that’s why he’s in the game.

Answer This

October 31st, 2012
10:44 am

Who let that angry Troll “Just Sayin…” in? Every week you been just saying…….
And the Falcons have been JUST PLAYING!
Recognize that we are good and stop being so angry or down on the Nation! If you want to come here and get your two cents in and keep saying………just save it! Your two cents might add up to a dime and then we still wont respect you becasue you have not respected the NATION! RISE UP!!!
Hey Esquire where you at?
I need the chant!
5-6-7-8-!!!!!

Grendel

October 31st, 2012
11:58 am

Is there any reason why the Falcons should not pick up Steven Jackson?
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Yes, because he’s 29 and been overworked by the Rams. He’s gonna be slowing down like Turner in the next year or two.

If you want a good back, you draft one, ride out their rookie contract, maybe another 2-3 years, then you draft another. They don’t last long in this league with all the pounding.

single white dove

October 31st, 2012
1:07 pm

Grendel

October 31st, 2012
11:58 am

Would you rather have a multi-purpose back of Jackson than turner????

PlanB

October 31st, 2012
3:14 pm

Give Snelling some runs. He did as good as Turner did when he took over for Turner in 2009. Not much smaller, but quicker and can catch. This won’t happen though. For some reason, MS won’t play him and almost got rid of him this past year.

dylan

October 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

Definatly need to draft Zac Stacy outta candy. Fits our scheme perfectly

WS

October 31st, 2012
5:17 pm

I guess, Ryan is the only falcon that played in playoff games. Damn give him a break! I think they were alot of other players who did not show up in playoff games.

justin dark

October 31st, 2012
6:20 pm

ummm so what dude? that was the pass fwwith the playoff thing and… Matt ryan will throw over 250 yards in any playoff game this year. IM JUST SAYIN!

justin dark

October 31st, 2012
6:25 pm

and who ever have the required name of > just sayin…..< on here way at the top?? yeah im singleing you out broo

Dilla

November 1st, 2012
8:56 pm

Notice how only 1 afc team is in the top 6 in power rankings. Still going to be tuff to get a win out of whoever we play in the playoffs.

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November 4th, 2012
10:20 am