I'm glued to the TV watching the Falcons take on the Lions because Michael Turner the Burner is my favorite player in the NFL not on the Chargers (Drew Brees is a close second). It also doesn't hurt that I'm from Georgia and have always liked the Falcons.
First of all, the Detroit Lions look awful.
This game could not be going any better. Turner is doing everything that I thought he would. There is NO pure runner in the NFL better than Michael Turner and that includes Adrian Peterson and LaDainian Tomlinson. That is simply because even Brandon Jacobs can't break tackles like the Burner. On top of that, once Turner gets going there are few players in the NFL that can catch him.
When it comes to breaking tackles, Turner may prove to be an all-time great. I know my statements may be a little way out, but I am certain that the Falcons made the smart choice when signing Turner.
I'm also certain that there hasn't been a football player that I've ever seen capable of breaking tackles like Turner. Don't even bring up Jim Brown because he played against players that are equivalent to today's Division I-AA (or whatever it's called now) football players.
Now Turner is not the magic man, if there is no blocking he's not going anywhere. However, he is going to embarrass a few teams this year and I'll be watching every game. That is, unless the Chargers are playing at the same time.
Now do NOT misunderstand me Charger fans, LaDainian Tomlinson is a much better overall player because he is a threat in the passing game, while being able to run both inside and outside. However, even LT will readily admit he cannot run the ball like Michael Turner.