Michael Turner rushed for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns last year, which is only 61 yards less and seven more touchdowns than Adrian Peterson.
Let's take a closer look at last year: Turner only faced four defenses that ranked better than 15th against the run last year.
In those four games he had only one touchdown, which was against Minnesota (ranked first). In those same four games, Turner also only had one game of over 100 yards, which came against his old team the San Diego Chargers (ranked 11th).
The other two teams on that list, Turner faces again. The Chicago Bears will play in Atlanta in week six. The Philadelphia Eagles will also play in Atlanta in week 13.
Last Year the Bears were ranked fifth against the run and Turner only had 54 yards against them. The Eagles were ranked fourth and again, Turner had just under 60 yards (58).
This year, Turner will also face the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and New York Jets. All of these teams, along with the Eagles and Bears, were ranked in the top 10 against the run last year.
Last year, Turner faced nine teams that were ranked worse than 15th against the run. The highest was Tampa Bay, at 17th. Against these nine teams, Turner racked up 1,397 yards and 16 touchdowns.
This year, outside of the NFC South, Turner only faced one defense ranked worse than 15th last year against the run. In Week 16, the Falcons play the Bills (ranked 22nd) at Atlanta.
The NFC South also consists of Tampa Bay, Carolina, and New Orleans.
This year, in Weeks Two and 10, Turner will face the Carolina Panthers. Last year, the Panthers were ranked 19th against the run. In the first game against Carolina, Turner rushed for a 56 yards and one touchdown. In the second game, he rushed for 117 yards and four touchdowns.
In Weeks Eight and 14, the Falcons will play the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were ranked 17th against the run last year. In the first game last year, Turner rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown. In the second game, Turner rushed for 61 yards and one touchdown.
In Weeks 12 and 17, the Falcons will play against Tampa Bay this year. In the first game, which was at Tampa Bay last year, Turner only rushed for 42 yards. In the second game at Atlanta, Turner rushed for 152 yards and scored a touchdown.