Michael Turner is a drive-killer. This sounds crazy at this point in his career to say, but whenever Turner has gone in during a crucial situation, the Falcons offense stalls shortly after. It was abundantly clear that this was the case in the Carolina game.
Turner is averaging just 3.68 yards per carry this season on his reduced work load of 187 carries—a pace that puts him at just 230 carries for the season. He's also not a legitimate option out of the backfield with his constant drops and only 14 catches for 103 yards all season.
Taking out the four games where Turner averaged over four yards per carry and the long 60 yard reception versus Carolina in the first game, Turner is averaging just 2.53 yards per carry and 3.31 yards per catch. He's been completely ineffective and is a drive-killer.
On the other hand, Jacquizz Rodgers has been the man the Falcons lean on in the clutch situations. His ability to ice games has won the Falcons games versus Tampa and New Orleans in the past three weeks.
Rodgers has a 4.1 yards per carry average that has only gotten better since his role expanded six games ago. Add in his excellent receiving abilities—7.60 yards per catch—and the diminutive back looks like the better all-around option for the Falcons down the stretch.
It's time for them to start and feature Rodgers. If they don't, then expect the Falcons to have another short playoff run.