Biggs: Falcons rediscover running game in Big Easy
If the Atlanta Falcons uncovered a silver lining in their loss at New Orleans on Monday night, besides learning they could hang in their with an unbeaten division rival on the road, it’s that the they discovered some life in their power running game.
Michael Turner rumbled for 151 yards on 20 carries, and scored a touchdown, and the Falcons were able to finally restore some balance to their offensive attack. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the Falcons made some adjustments to the playbook when it came to the running game, cognizant of the fact that opponents had been taking away some of the stretch plays and cutback lanes that Turner had so much success exploiting last season.
Turner had topped 100 yards just once previously this season, in Week 2 vs. Carolina, and had been limited to 50 yards by Dallas and 30 yards by Chicago in recent weeks, putting an extra burden on quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of the offense.
“I haven't been satisfied with the way I've been playing,” Turner said. “I wanted to bounce back hard. This was the perfect game to bounce back.
“We ran some different stuff. We have to mix it up. We have to do some different things. I've got to break tackles, too, sometimes.”
Turner now has 554 yards on the season, which ranks him eighth. He’s averaging 4.0 yards per carry and has eight rushing touchdowns. He’s planning on using the New Orleans game as a launching point moving forward.
“You have to put all of them behind you and keep moving forward,” Turner said. “I wasn't satisfied with the way I've been playing, but you have to get better every week. I still have room for improvement right now.”
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