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The Atlanta Falcons took mercy on the Arizona Cardinals in their 41-7 annihilation, taking a knee on four straight plays to turn the ball over on downs very late in the fourth quarter.
Jason Snelling showed he could be a solid running back when filling in for Michael Turner in 2009 and took it to another level against the Cardinals, gaining 129 yards on the ground as well as 57 receiving while totaling three touchdowns.
Matt Ryan was 21 for 32 for 225 yards and three touchdowns, quieting talk that he is regressing for now.
Falcons receiver Roddy White appears to be on his way to a huge year as he racked up 78 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. He has become Ryan's favorite target, being thrown to 12 times in the game.
Arizona's Derek Anderson had a rough time, throwing two interceptions on a 17 for 31 day. His backup, Max Hall was inserted into the game with the blowout well under way and did not fare much better. He completed two passes, but one of them was to Falcons' defensive back Dominque Franks.
The drop off from Kurt Warner has been severe.
Atlanta's top back, Michael Turner left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return. Coach Mike Smith said after the game that Turner would have gone back in the game if it was close, but saw it as an opportunity to rest his big back.
Turner had 75 yards on nine carries, an 8.3 average, was smiling and appeared to be joking with trainers on his way to the locker room prior to halftime, indicating that the injury is most likely not serious.
If you are able to watch the Falcons take on the Saints next week, make it a point to do so. The teams battled down to the wire twice last season and we should be in for more of the same on Sunday.
Arizona will host the Raiders.