RB Mike Cox - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 252||Born: 7-11-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: ---|
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Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. For those not in touch with the NFC South race, Atlanta just pulled into first in that division due to a two-game winning streak, even though they sit at an uninspiring 4-6 this season (so are the Saints, who Atlanta defeated earlier in the year). Steven Jackson posted 17/41/0 rushing with 2/6/0 receiving at Carolina last week in his most recent so-so showing, while Devonta Freeman was second on the squad with 6/28/0 rushing at Carolina. For better or worse, the Falcons are feedinj Jackson a high-teens number of touches each week on a consistent basis.
The Browns beat up the Bengals with their running backs two games ago, while holding the Bengals to 22/86/0, but they were trampled by the Texans' backups last Sunday (54/213/0 rushing) en route to a 23-7 loss. To date the Browns are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 142.1 yards rushing allowed per game, with seven rushing scores given up to date. They took a big step back in this phase of the game last weekend.
Two so-so units meet in this contest - we think the Falcons have a slight edge in this phase of the game.
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