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Michael Turner ran for 122 yards against Detroit.
After making a big deal on draft day to move up and select Alabama receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons began the season with high hopes of claiming the NFC's top seed again.
Instead, the Falcons season started with a humiliating loss to Chicago. The first five weeks, they were inconsistent, failing to play a complete game. There was the high of beating Philadelphia after trailing by 10, there was the low of losing to the Packers after leading 14-0.
After the Packer game, they were 2-3. The explosive offense they imagined in the preseason wasn't hitting on all cylinders. To top it off, Julio Jones was hurt in the Green Bay game.
Since then. Atlanta has gotten back to doing what they do best: giving the ball to Michael Turner.
After a comeback win against Carolina, when they scored 17 fourth quarter points, they went to Detroit and held the potent Lions offense to one touchdown.
Atlanta is coming off the bye week at 4-3. With the Saints' shocking loss to the Rams, the Falcons are only a half game back in the division. If they sweep New Orleans, they can win the division again.
The schedule is favorable. Over the next nine weeks, the Falcons' schedule consists mainly of teams that will have no chance of the postseason. Included are the Colts, Vikings, Jaguars and Panthers.
The defense might feast on the inexperienced quarterbacks they will face, and Julio Jones will be back.