RB Mike Cox - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 252||Born: 7-11-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: ---|
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Week 8: vs Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Falcons' offensive line is in ruins as of Week 8 - Falcons C Peter Konz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, October 20 and is out for the year. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, they'll be turning to undrafted free agent James Stone as their starting center. It is no wonder that the running game is struggling with this patchwork line in front of the running backs - Atlanta is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 98.1 rushing yards per game, with six rushing scores to date.
The Lions are #1 in the NFL in terms of total defense, averaging 290.3 yards allowed per game, and they are second in the NFL in terms of total points allowed, just one point behind Baltimore, at 105 given up by Detroit. Detroit ranks second in the NFL averaging 73.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out to date. New Orleans managed 23/71/0 rushing at Ford Field last week; Minnesota had 18/69/0 rushing two weeks ago.
The Falcons' bevy of backs splits up the yardage pie extensively already, and against the Lions that pie is bound to be really small as discussed above - we'd avoid Steven Jackson and the others this weekend if possible.
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