Re: Patriots-Falcons Matchup?
posted at 9/29/2013 10:27 AM EDT
FLOWERY BRANCH – Here’s a look at the numbers:
NE -- Brady: 73-127-698-5-2-79.4
ATL -- Ryan: 81-119-909-6 (T2C)-2-100.4
NE -- Ridley: 36-121-3.4-0
ATL -- Jac. Rodgers: 31-102-3.3-0
NE -- Edelman: 27 (tops in the league)-201-7.4-2
ATL -- J. Jones: 27 (Tied for first in the league)-373 (first in the league)-13.8-2
NE -- 340.3 (17th in the league)
ATL -- 379.0 (9th)
NE – Plus 3 (6th in league)
ATL – 0 (14TH)
NE – 309 (8TH)
ATL – 375 (23RD)
NE – Chandler Jones: 3
ATL – OSI Umenyiora: 2
NE-- Talib: 3 (leads league)
ATL – Umenyiora, William Moore and Robert McClain, tied: 1
NE -- R. Allen (R): 43.9
ATL – Matt Bosher: 47.5
NE - Gostkowski: (T2L) (5/5 PAT; 8/9 FG)
ATL – Matt Bryant: (8/8 PAT; 5/6 FG)
--Patriots (3-0) at Falcons (1-2). The series is tied 6-6. The Patriots have won the last three meetings.
--Falcons head coach Mike Smith is 0-1 vs. the Patriots.
--Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 3-1 vs. the Falcons.
--The Patriots have won 13 of past 15 road games vs. NFC teams.
--Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a touchdown pass in 51 consecutive games, the second longest streak in NFL history (New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, 54, which was snapped by the Falcons last season).
--Over his career, Brady is 3-0 vs. Atlanta and has completed 68 of 100 passes for 877 yards with seven touchdowns, one interception and has a passer rating of 114.5 rating.
--Brady has a 36-9 career record (.800) as starter vs. NFC teams.
--Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has a 100-yard rush game vs. Falcons (103 yards on Dec. 5, 2010 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
--In three games vs. NFC in ’12, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had 20 catches for 282 yards (14.1 avg.) with three touchdowns.
--Patriots rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins had two touchdown catches last week & became the first undrafted rookie wide receiver to have two touchdowns in a game since 2010 (Blair White, Indianapolis).
--Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones aims for third straight game with sack.
--Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib has two career interceptions vs. Falcons from his days with Tampa Bay. He has three interceptions in past two games.
--Patriots safety Devin McCourty has four career interceptions vs. NFC teams.
--Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has won 10 of his past 12 vs. AFC teams.
--Ryan is 34-5 (.872) in home starts and has won 12 of his past 13 starts at home. He has a 100-plus passer rating in 9 of those 13 contests.
--In career, when Ryan starts and has 100-plus rating, Falcons are 33-1 (.971).
--Since 2007 (including the playoffs), Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has 604 receptions, most in NFC. In past 14 vs. AFC, has 101 catches for 1,431 yards (102.2 per game) and 12 touchdowns.
--In past 2 at home, including the playoffs, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has 22 catches for 364 yards and three touchdowns.
--Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez leads all active players with 1,253 catches, 14,361 receiving yards and 104 receiving touchdowns.
--According to NFL statistics, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ranks 30th in average pass length (including incomplete passes) at 6.14 yards and 32nd in the average length his passes travel in the air before completions (4.56).
--According to Pro Football Focus, just 38.5 percent of Ryan’s 909 passing yards come before the catch. That’s the lowest percentage in the league.