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Week 1 vs. PIT
Rushing: 19 / 42 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 7 / 0 on 1 targets
Turner had a tough time getting going against the stingy Steelers defense. While the Steelers were susceptible to comebacks last year, those always happened through the air. The 2009 underperforming Steelers D was still 3rd in the NFL against the run, and they picked up where they left off in that regard --- making Turner look like a guy who picked 7th-to-last in most fantasy drafts instead of 7th overall. The Falcons had so much trouble running in the middle early that they essentially just gave up on it. On multiple occasions with 1 or 2 yards to go in the second half, Atlanta threw from jumbo sets or tried to run outside instead.
While Turner is able to execute these types of plays, they're not his strong suit. The Falcons even dusted off Jerious Norwood for a few plays in an attempt to get to the perimeter. While Turner struggled in this one, anyone who watched the game would agree that his lack of production was more a reflection on the defense against which he played rather than a lack of abilities on his part.
Week 2 vs. ARI
Rushing: 9 / 75 / 0
Turner owners were no doubt ecstatic as the game began, as Turner ripped off big run after big run, showcasing his impressive combination of speed and strength. Unfortunately, he injured his groin, and never returned to the game. It looks like he'll be ok, which is good news for his owners. The offensive line for Atlanta did an amazing job opening holes, and Turner carved up the Cardinal defense again and again by quickly hitting the holes. If he can stay healthy, he is a candidate for the rushing title in 2010, make no mistake about it.
Week 3 vs. NO
Rushing: 30 / 114 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 11 / 0 on 3 targets
Michael Turner looked a lot like the 2008 version of himself in the Falcons overtime win against the Saints on Sunday and he was obviously a big reason for the team's victory. Turner was given plenty of chances to establish his will against the Saints run defense and although Turner took the relatively slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach to reach 100 yards, he did almost break two big ones (a 32-yard dive run to the right and a 17-yard scamper up the middle) for touchdowns and had five more runs for more than five yards on the day. Turner ran powerfully throughout, showing burst when he needed to and was given all of the goal line and most of the red zone carries. He showed consistent burst in conjunction with his hard-running style throughout the contest -- vintage Michael Turner in this one.
Week 4 vs. SF
Rushing: 16 / 50 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 28 / 0 on 4 targets
Although Michael Turner made a few nice runs in this game where he demonstrated good patience and the ability to stick his foot in the ground and cut up field, his most pleasantly surprising contribution came in the form of receptions. The Falcons are making an effort to get him the ball more in space in the passing game, and it worked well in this game. No DB wants to see Turner coming at them with a head of steam. Turner made a couple of defenders pay for trying to tackle him high when he caught the ball, knocking them to the ground easily. On the ground, Turner played quite well, but didn't have the room to run that he would have liked at times. He was unable to break off any substantial gains, but kept the offense moving and kept the balance of the offense intact.
Week 5 vs. CLE
Rushing: 19 / 140 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Turner had a very strong game, running through arm tackles and breaking tackles behind the line of scrimmage when the Browns were able to penetrate. He had two goal-to-go carries that he was unable to convert, but he was able to rattle off a 55-yard gain by escaping an attempt to tackle him up high by Abram Elam, and that wasn't the only time he eluded a would-be tackler in this strong performance. Turner was still running strong at the end of the game and easily gouged a tired Browns defense to ice the game after a second Jake Delhomme interception in Atlanta territory.
Week 6 vs. PHI
Rushing: 15 / 45 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 2 targets
Michael Turner had minimal production in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but most of the limited numbers were due to the Falcons quickly falling behind 21-0 in the first half. Turner had just 15 carries (45 yards) and one short catch of four yards on the day as Atlanta had to throw 42 times in a comeback effort. Turner would have had a chance at a touchdown just before halftime as the Falcons had the ball at the Eagles' one-yard line with less than a minute to play but no timeouts. As a result the Falcons chose to throw it to TE Tony Gonzalez for the score rather than risk a stop and the clock running out.
Week 7 vs. CIN
Rushing: 23 / 121 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 23 / 0 on 3 targets
Michael Turner keeps this offense on schedule. He was simply a headache for Bengals defenders, as he constantly broke tackles and barreled over people on Sunday. Turner had a mind-boggling 36 yard scamper during which he broke four tackles and burst up the field. Turner got the calls near the goal line on both of his touchdowns, the second one being the highlight as he weaved around his blockers and sprinted for the pylon. Turner made a nice contribution on a day when Atlanta really clicked offensively.
Week 9 vs. TB
Rushing: 24 / 107 / 2
Turner pounded his way to 107 yards rushing on 24 attempts, and added scoring runs of two yards and 10 yards. This was a textbook Michael Turner game. He used his speed and power to wear down the Tampa Bay defense, and kept them honest enough to allow his QB to have an efficient day in the passing game.
Week 10 vs. BAL
Rushing: 17 / 39 / 0
Michael Turner was held in check by the Ravens in week 10 as he ran for only 39 yards on 17 carries. His affect, however was profound as his powerful running style helped wear out the Baltimore front seven, thus reducing the intensity of the pass rush as the Falcons scored two fourth quarter touchdowns. His best sequence came in the first quarter when Turner ran the ball off the right end on two successive plays for a total of 7 yards. Despite the meager gains, Turner's presence and force helped establish his presence. Outside of those two runs, Turner was used almost exclusively between the tackles to punish the defense and help establish play-action.
Week 11 vs. STL
Rushing: 28 / 131 / 1
Receiving: 1 / -4 / 0 on 1 targets
The bowling ball with quick feet got 28 carries and just completely wore down the Rams. He attacked them for 3 and 4 yards at a time, eating up chunks of clock and yardage, and then finally capitalized by hitting paydirt from 39 yards out at the end of the game. It seems like Turner is having a down year, but there is he 140 yards out of the top rushing spot in the league. Turner is never going to be confused with Chris Johnson, but the punishment he inflicted on the Rams is the kind of punishment that leaves a team beaten and demoralized. His feet are so quick that he can change direction and hit his spots, and when he lowers his shoulder, he has such strength in his lower-body that gives him the ability to push the pile.
Week 12 vs. GB
Rushing: 23 / 110 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 1 targets
Michael Turner rushed for over 100 yards and that is normally a recipe for a Falcons victory. Turner kept churning out yards for this offense on the ground even if the gains were minimal. He ran tough and with a great burst, making tacklers miss and slipping them in the open field. He ran with good balance on a trademark Turner run in the 3rd quarter.
Week 13 vs. TB
Rushing: 24 / 88 / 1
Turner was the workhorse again for the Falcons, who were shorthanded in the backfield, and carried the load for 24 carries and 88 yards on the ground, including a 5 yard touchdown rush. He ran as hard as he always has and had some nice runs, but was unable to break through for any big plays in the rush game. Early on it looked like Turner may have a big day, but the Buccaneer defense made adjustments and found ways to keep him in check.
Week 14 vs. CAR
Rushing: 28 / 112 / 3
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 1 targets
Michael Turner ran with a lot of passion and fire as he went for over 100 on the ground against Carolina. Turner made crisp cuts, lowered his pad level to knock down tackles when he had to, and powered his way into the end zone with his trademark patient running style. Turner is perhaps the key player in this offense and how he is performing week in and week out is a huge reason why the Falcons are where they are right now.
Week 15 vs. SEA
Rushing: 25 / 82 / 0
Turner provided a somewhat unproductive but consistent ground game for the falcons. True to most games he plays, he started off slowly and began to wear down the defense. He was given a heavy workload as Atlanta played a ball control offense, mixing dive plays with outside runs very effectively. On one play up the middle, he carried between two and three defenders and turned a 2 yard gain into an 8 yard gain. Seattle played Turner and the running game well early on, with good gap control and hustle to the football. Late in the game however as they were on the field for most of the game, they began to tire and Turner ripped off bigger gains.
Week 16 vs. NO
Rushing: 17 / 48 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Despite having a really good season overall Turner has had some clunkers this season for his owners, week 16 was another one of them. The New Orleans defense got great penetration from the start and left Turner almost no room to work with. In a critical goal line sequence he was stuffed on 1st down and fumbled on 2nd down (his 1st of the season). It was a forgettable game for the stout running back.
Week 17 vs. CAR
Rushing: 17 / 67 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Turner rattled off 15 yards on his first carry, following his blocker to move the chains easily. His other carry on the opening drive was in the red zone, but the Falcons chose to pass on 10 of those 12 plays. Perhaps lack of use had something to do with his fumble in the red zone later on, as the ball just slipped out. Through his three quarters of play, Turner ran with ease, though no big gains were to be had. His other mistake was a dropped pass over the middle that he should have had. His touchdown was a gimme from the one yard line.
Week 19 vs. GB
Rushing: 10 / 39 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
t looked like Turner was going to be a huge factor early in the game when he scored in the first quarter on a beautiful 12 yard run, where he broke 3 Packer tackles inside the five yard line, and waltzed into the endzone. However, due to the kickoff return by Weems, Turner didn't see the field again for a LONG time, due to 2 long time-eating drives by Rodgers. In the 2nd half, Turner was a non-factor, as the Falcons were down by too many points. While Turner might be an ideal back when his team has the lead, he doesn't have much value when they are down 4 touchdowns.