TE Tony Gonzalez - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 244||Born: 2-27-1976||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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Week 12: vs Minnesota Vikings
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan threw 25/46 for 280 yards passing, with three TDs against the Colts last week - but he also pitched three interceptions, and the Falcons lost 21-24. Julio Jones handled 15 targets for 9/160/0 receiving, while fullback Patrick DiMarco snagged two TDs (four for 3/21/2) and Leonard Hankerson handled the other (seven for 4/36/1) - Roddy White got his wish and saw more targets (nine) but only managed to catch 4/24/0. This is an offense with explosive capability that is being held back by turnovers.
The Vikings' pass D is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 224.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions (tied for 22nd in the league) and 23 sacks generated to date (tied for 15th in the NFL). Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is tied for ninth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (17.9 on average); at fifth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.0); and is 12th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.8). Aaron Rodgers managed 16/34 for 196 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Minnesota last weekend; the Vikings allowed 29/43 for 287 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions to Derek Carr and company two games ago.
This looks like a neutral matchup for the high-flying but mistake-prone Falcons.
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