Falcons at Detroit: 3 key matchups





Falcons RG Peter Konz vs. Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh: Konz, a second-round pick from Wisconsin has done his part to fortify the interior of the passing pocket since taking over for Garrett Reynolds. Matt Ryan ranks seventh in the NFL in pass attempts (539), but has been sacked just 25 times, which ranks 21st in the league. The disruptive Suh is a rowdy interior force. He is second on the team with 6.5 sacks and has 30 tackles. Konz will get some help from center Todd McClure.

Falcons RB Michael Turner vs. Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch: Turner has rushed for a touchdown in the past five games. Turner ran strong last week against the Giants. While he may have lost a step or two, he’s still a load to get to the ground. In last season’s matchup, Turner rushed 27 times for 122 yards. Tulloch leads the Lions with 100 tackles. He has 67 solos and 33 assisted tackles. The former N.C. State product is the leader of the Lions defense.

Falcons DE John Abraham vs. Lions RT Gosder Cherilus: Abraham leads the Falcons with 10 sacks, but has not had a sack in the last two games. He has 38 tackles, five passes defensed and five forced fumbles. Abraham will spend some times of both sides. The Falcons rattled Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with some early heat last season and plan to do the same in this game. Cherilus has five false starters, two holding penalties and five sacks allowed. He appears to be the obvious target for Abraham.
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14 comments Add your comment

Go Falcons..!!

December 21st, 2012
9:28 am

Protect Ryan from Naugut head…..We should be OK.

Go Birds of Prey..!!!!

warfalcon

December 21st, 2012
9:41 am

ONE GAME AT A TIME,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beerNfalcons

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am

That’s fine you don’t pick the obvious C. Johnson vs. CBs but you should at least acknowledge the matchup! Come on Led!

DR. FALCON

December 21st, 2012
9:48 am

PETER KONZ, WAS THE BEST AT HIS POSITION IN COLLEGE. THIS IS”BIG BOY” FOOTBALL NOW! KONZ WILL GROW UP AGAINST SUH! EVERY PLAYER HAS A “DEFINING” MOMENT! IT’S KONZ’S TURN. GO PETER!!!!

Whadda Ya Know?

December 21st, 2012
10:22 am

First of all, why is there a pic of the Rams on this blog? Aren’t we playing Detroit this week? Anyway, shutdown Calvin Johnson and get after Stafford all day long to disrupt their connection.

Go after the secondary early and often to get the early lead. Then pound them with Snelling, Jacquizz and Turner to wear that defense down. Game over!!! We end this game as the #1 seed in the playoffs.

TheDudeAbides...

December 21st, 2012
10:39 am

Whadda Ya Know? – Before bashing, try clicking the picture…it’s actually a video. #Duh

Whadda Ya Know?

December 21st, 2012
10:54 am

TheDudeAbides…you took it for granted I didn’t know that. DUH! I’m talking to DLED, mind your bizness.

TheDudeAbides...

December 21st, 2012
12:05 pm

Whadda Ya Know? – Didn’t mean to make you feel like a douche – was just responding to you calling it a “pic of the Rams”… when it’s not a pic at all…

Mikey

December 21st, 2012
1:11 pm

If last year’s defense “rattled” Stafford, this year’s defense will “wreck” him. They are playing with reckless (but controlled) abandon. It is now not just John Abraham (thank God he is on OUR team though) but our whole defense that is in the mix. I can’t wait for them to get at another top notch quarterback’s mind. They may not be getting all the sacks we dream of but they are ruining the day for all the best QBs in the NFL! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Mikey

December 21st, 2012
1:13 pm

I also can’t wait to see Peter Konz in action this week against Suh. He has been been getting better every week and this will be great experience for him. He probably won’t face a better tackle all through the playoffs. This will be his moment to shine as this great O-Line comes together at JUST the right time. We are counting on you to lead us to victory Peter! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Joe Tess Fish House

December 21st, 2012
2:25 pm

Flacons need 2 try n get Time Teabow. He is just wat the team need.

Son Of Bart

December 22nd, 2012
2:12 am

Don’t normally agree with Fish House, but I was thinking the same about Tebow. He is young, affordable by NFL standards, great track record of winning at this level, stud of an athlete, 6′ 5″ 268 or something like that. Great in short yardage situations. I think Koetter could find many uses for him. I see him as a plug-in QB at times and a overgrown H-Back in other situations. He’s bigger than Tony Gonzales — wonder if he can catch? He fits the mold to a T in the Blank/Dimitroff character test. Has star quality, that means butts in the seats. A Southerner. Raised in Florida though born in The Phillipines. What’s not to like? I like Matt Ryan just fine, but the guy is genetically skinny and somebody is going to break him in half one of these days. Hopefully not tomorrow night. Have no faith in the back up QBs and the Leaugue knows if you knock out Ryan — you knock the Falcons out of the play offs.

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