RB Mike Cox - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 252||Born: 7-11-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: ---|
Week 20: vs Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Atlanta eked out a one-point win over Green Bay back in Week Eight, 32-33 at home in the Georgia Dome. At that time Terron Ward was in action for Tevin Coleman (Ward had 6/46/0 rushing to lead the team, and one target for 1/11/0 receiving), while Devonta Freeman added 11/35/1 rushing with six targets for 4/23/1 receiving to the effort. These days, we're back to the Freeman/Coleman tandem and they dominated the Seahawks in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Freeman posted 14/45/1 rushing (and he led the team in receiving with five targets for 4/80/0 receiving) while Coleman led the team with 11/57/0 rushing (and scored a TD as a receiver with four targets for 3/22/1 receiving). These are similar numbers to what we saw against New Orleans in the regular season finale - Freeman posted 12/96/1 rushing (with five targets for 5/81/0 receiving) and Coleman had 8/44/0 rushing (with four targets for 3/15/1 receiving) vs. New Orleans. This duo of backs is gobbling up opposing defenses on a regular basis, friends. Green Bay allowed 24/138/0 rushing to the Cowboys last weekend, after they gave up just 17/70/0 rushing to the Giants in the Wild Card round. The Packers' rush defense wound up regular season ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 94.7 yards allowed per game, with 11 rushing scores handed out over 16 games. So far during the playoffs they are averaging 104 rushing yards allowed per game, about 10 yards a contest more than their top-ten average during regular season. From Week 15-17 of regular season (the last three weeks, with no teams on bye), Green Bay averaged 17.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (13th-least in the NFL). This looks like a neutral matchup for the Falcons - the Packers took a big step back in this phase of the game against the Cowboys last weekend.