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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