TE Tony Gonzalez - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 244||Born: 2-27-1976||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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Week 3: at New Orleans Saints
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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Julio Jones (calf) has been diagnosed a calf strain, although it is not believed to be serious, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure on Monday September 19. Despite Jones sore ankle and calf, Matt Ryan and company came out strong again in Week Two, compiling 26/34 for 396 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with just one sack of Ryan for -7 yards. He found Jones (five targets for 5/106/1 receiving), Jacob Tamme (eight for 5/75/1) and Justin Hardy (three for 1/8/1) for the TDs, and rookie tight end Austin Hooper (three for 3/84/0) was also heavily involved - all told, nine different Falcons caught passes from Ryan in Week Two. The Falcons' aerial assault is soaring entering Week Three, with 730 yards passing for Ryan over the first two games.
The Saints' pass defense was already injury-riddled entering last week's game at the Giants, and then cornerback P.J. Williams suffered a concussion (he was taken off the field on a back board) which will likely keep him out some time. To date, the Saints have given up 672 yards passing, averaging 336 per game (30th in the NFL) - though strangely they have given up just one passing TD against zero interceptions generated. Eli Manning had 353 net yards passing but zero TDs during Week Two. However, there is no denying that teams are easily passing the football against the Saints - for whatever reason they just haven't wound up in the end zone to start off the year.
The Saints are vulnerable in this phase of the game, and the Falcons are flying high - advantage, Atlanta.
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