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Michael Turner is averaging 64.8 rushing yards per game.
While the NFL is a passing league, the run game has always been something the Falcons prided themselves on.
When Michael Turner came to town in 2008, it looked as if the Dirty Bird was returning to Hotlanta. For four years, that was the case as Turner racked up 5,280 yards.
This year has been a different story as Turner is only averaging 64.8 yards per game on the ground.
Whether it's the increase in the passing game or the offensive line not run blocking as well, Atlanta has not run the ball well, and they need to run it more.
While it was nice to see Turner get 18 rushes against the Washington Redskins Sunday, he still needs to get the ball more.
Last year, the Falcons were 1-5 in games where Turner had 18 or fewer carries. Luckily, the Falcons have done well this year as the 18 carries against Washington was the most he had all year.
Some might say the philosophy of being a pass-first offense is what has gotten the Falcons to 5-0. However, one must remember that a team that can control the ground game also controls the clock. Those who control the clock ultimately control the game.