RB Michael Turner - Free Agent
|5-10, 237||Born: 2-13-1982||College: Northern Illinois||Drafted: Round 5, pick|
2012 Week 1 vs KC (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner looked like a shell of himself for much of the day against Kansas City. Two or three times the Falcons tried to focus on the run and all but once Turner looked slow and unable to break a tackle. Over and over he was tackled by one defender who wrapped him up from behind and Turner couldn't do anything about it. In years past he would have broken through those tackles and pounded into another tackler. This was exactly the type of game you would expect Turner to dominate late because of the big lead but he just looked completely miscast in this offense.
2012 Week 2 vs DEN (17 / 42 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner showed good power in short yardage situations against the Broncos, but his lack of explosion in space continues to be notable. He was mostly an afterthought on offense as Matt Ryan continued to carry the majority of the workload. Turner still proved somewhat useful however as he scored the team's opening touchdown. After running over two defenders on his first carry from the one yard line, but coming up just short of the goal-line, Turner leaped over the defense at the goalline to break the plane and score. Turner ran well with power early in the game, but didn't receive many touches as the game developed and was not a factor as a receiver. Turner is a good short-yardage back who won't fumble, but he offers nothing more.
2012 Week 3 vs SD (14 / 80 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Coming off his DUI arrest this past week, there were whispers about giving Jacquizz Rodgers a larger role in the offense starting this week. True to form, Turner looked slow and hesitant for most of the game, which is the same as he's looked in each of the first two games of the season thus far. But with Atlanta controlling the clock all game long (and therefore keeping the San Diego defense on the field), the Charger defenders appeared to begin wearing down. Turner ripped off 57 yards on his final four carries after picking up just 23 yards on his first ten rush attempts. His first big gain of the game came when the offensive line opened up a gaping hole and Turner just waltzed right through. He was at least five yards upfield before he was even touched by a defender, and with that head of steam he was able to pick up 25 overall on the play. Late in the game with Atlanta trying to run out the clock, he was fed the ball from close range and burst into the end zone almost untouched.
2012 Week 4 vs CAR (13 / 103 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 68 / 1 rec)
Michael Turner rolled back the years with a display that must have reminded Atlanta's fans of the days when it was a Turned-centric offense. To his credit, he looked powerful and bullish running between the tackles and refused to go down on first contact. However, he does not have the burst he used to possess and doesn't run hard as much as he runs stubborn. The Falcons offensive line was unable to blow open running lanes on a consistent basis, but Turner had chances to finish the job in the red zone on a couple of occasions, both of which he could not capitalise on. Turner looked decent making jump cuts and was able to make tacklers miss. His first receiving touchdown of his career came on a middle screen pass against a Panthers' blitz - the perfect call. Turner ran unmolested for 60 yards and the score. The Panthers' poor tackling certainly contributed to Turner's yardage totals, but this performance has to be encouraging for Atlanta's offense.
2012 Week 5 vs WAS (18 / 67 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
The veteran running back receives a significant amount of criticism from football analysts for his glacial pace and one-trick pony style of running. Observing Turner against the serviceable run defense of the Redskins, this criticism does not seem unfounded. Turner, the former backup to LaDanian Tomlinson in San Diego, dominated the distribution of carries out of the Falcons' backfield. Out of the twenty-eight run plays Falcons Offensive Coordination Dirk Koetter dialed up, Turner toted the rock for eighteen of them, for a total of sixty-seven yards. Turner can slip a tackle or two and spin to avoid defenders, but he simply has one speed to him. That speed is not particularly fast. He did find the end zone towards the end of the fourth quarter for a thirteen-yard touchdown, in which no Redskins defender seemed to pay him any mind. Long accused of being one-dimensional in addition to having an uninspiring running style, Turner was actually decently involved in the Falcons' passing game. He led all running backs in targets with five.
2012 Week 6 vs OAK (11 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
You've read it before, but it bears repeating: Michael Turner gets what's blocked, and not much else. At this point in his career, he's a plodder who can bowl people over here and there for some extra yards after a hit, but he doesn't explode through holes or have unique cutting capabilities that many other backs do. The offensive line actually blocked fairly well for him, yet he still ended with only 33 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Amazingly, 6 of Turner's 11 carries went for 1 yard or less, and this line should have been better, as one tackler was often able to bring him down. Credit is given to the Oakland run defense though, as they did their job and hit him early on some key plays. Turner had one goal line carry from the 2 yard line where he lost 2 yards, but a shiftier back may have actually scored on the play.
2012 Week 8 vs PHI (24 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Turner dominated carries out of the Atlanta backfield, leading all Falcons with twenty-four. Despite carrying the ball on over a third of the Falcons' plays, Turner could not do much against a middle-of-the-road Eagles run defense. The one-speed feature back ran for an impressive fifty-eight yards and added one reception for six yards. Bad weather and a desire to chew up clock led to Turner's name being called so many times. While he was integral in helping the Falcons dominant time of possession, the longest run Turner "broke off" yesterday went for eleven yards, as he chugged through the Eagles' defensive line and into the secondary.
2012 Week 9 vs DAL (20 / 102 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had an excellent game against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Despite the Falcons moving the ball in big chunks in the air, Turner was able to find holes all night and use his immense lower-body strength to generate positive gains even when he was met at the line of scrimmage by a defender. He only had two rushes stopped for a loss in 20 carries. Turner's best run came on a fourth quarter rush off guard to the right. On the play, he took the Matt Ryan handoff and ran through a small hole to the right side. Turner kept his legs moving as three Dallas defenders bounced off of him at the point of attack. He kept driving forward for a ten yard gain showing excellent power and balance on the run. Turner also had a brilliant run around the right end for 43 yards that showed he still has the speed and vision to win the race to the sideline and turn upfield for a long run. Turner's touchdown in the fourth quarter came on a clean run off right tackle from three yards out. On the play, Turner showed excellent acceleration and power in hitting the hole quickly before waltzing in to the end zone for a crucial touchdown. He also finished the day with one target although he did not record a reception.
2012 Week 10 vs NO (13 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There is little to excuse from Michael Turner's performance against one of the league's most generous run defenses. Falling forward on his thirteen carries for fifteen yards, Turner ran every play like it was fourth-and-one, minus the desire to get a first down. He simply showed no speed, vision, cutback ability, or decisiveness. Eight of Turner's fifteen carries went for no gain or negative yardage. The Saints stopped him at the line of scrimmage at their five yard line, and again at their one yard line - a goal-line plunge that would have put Atlanta ahead of the Saints by two inside of the two-minute warning. The discussion surrounding the Falcons' offense all offseason - and into the 2012 season, for that matter - was that the Dirty Birds would opt for a pass-heavy attack and relegate Turner to a secondary role. While visions of fifty-plus pass attempts for Matt Ryan every game were pipe dreams at best, it was never more apparent than in this matchup versus the Saints that the tread on Turner's tires is thin, and he does not fit into the offense. He failed to exhibit any of the physical or mental skills necessary to be an adequate NFL running back.
2012 Week 11 vs ARI (15 / 46 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner produced a very typical performance we have come to expect from him, which gave him a satisfactory yet unspectacular stat line. Turner was a powerful back on the ground but as usual did not show up in the passing game. Turner lost out on many third down opportunities as he isn't dangerous in the passing game and was replaced in such situations by quicker/younger teammate RB Rodgers. Turner has lost a lot of his speed that he once possessed but still showed the power he is also known for on Sunday. Turner frequently ran tough and pushed the pile at the line of scrimmage forward to the necessary yards. There was often very little room to manoeuvre with as he received the handoff in the backfield but Turner did a satisfactory job of locating the hole and driving back defenders when possible. Turner was somewhat lucky to get his touchdown, as TE Gonzalez was unlucky to be tackled just one yard shy of the goal line just one play prior to his touchdown. Turner easily ploughed forward and strolled over the goal line for his score, going untouched. Turner does not make as many big plays as he used to but ATL still need his presence on the ground as a power back. Turner also still gets the bulk of goal line carries and will always have value as a result.
2012 Week 12 vs TB (13 / 17 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
The first drive of this game showed off the difference in ability between the veteran Turner and youngster Jacquizz Rodgers. Turner took his first two carries up the middle for a combined six yards, but Rodgers came in and sliced the defense open for over 25 with his first three. Turner came back and was stopped at the line of scrimmage, despite an illegal motion penalty, before catching a checkdown in space but being immediately tackled. While Turner was doing a decent job of getting what the defense gave him, Rodgers was making defenders miss and forcing the issue much better than he can at this point of his career. Turner opened the second drive in the backfield again, but his first carry went up the middle for no gain. Potentially feeling the heat from Rodgers' big plays early, Turner tried to spin in the backfield against penetration for his next carry. Needless to say he was stopped for a three yard loss. Turner's best run of the day went for nine yards when he was immediately free outside left tackle and shifted past a defender in space. He was conceding snaps to both Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers at that point though. A few plays later, Turner tried to break outside again, but was too slow and gained nothing as multiple defenders met him at the line of scrimmage. A running reception in the flat came on a designed screen pass, but Turner was stopped instantly in open space as he never looked to evade the defender in front of him. It was like the Falcons felt they owed Turner carries, as they continued to give him the ball at the beginning of drives. This time he tried to run outside left tackle before being stopped two yards deep by multiple defenders. That was followed up by a reception in the flat which was followed by a hesitant run forward for three yards. After Tony Gonzalez kept the drive alive on third down, the Falcons went back to Turner for a second and one play soon after. Turner was hit in the backfield and tried to spin his way to a first down yet again. He didn't. Inexplicably, later in the fourth quarter after Rodgers moved them down the field, the Falcons pitched the ball to Michael Turner at the goalline. And even more unbelievable, it worked for a touchdown. Rodgers and Turner split carries on the Falcons' final drive as they tried to run out the clock, neither had huge success, but while Rodgers was being stopped at the line, Turner lost seven yards on one carry and only made four total with his other carries.
2012 Week 13 vs NO (12 / 83 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Turner's first carry went for a huge gain, when he was initially unblocked into the secondary before breaking tackles and running down the sideline. Turner broke tackles, but the attempted tackles were very poor to allow him free. One defender got small and dived like a torpedo, while the other never wrapped his hands around Turner. It was somewhat reminiscent of the Saints tackling in Seattle a few years ago. After two Jacquizz Rodgers long runs, Turner pushed his way into the endzone from just a couple of yards out. Turner's previous big run was an excellently blocked lane over right tackle, he followed that with another carry going the same way for 12 yards. On the very next play, a designed cutback block sent Turner untouched into the secondary for another 12 yard gain off the left side. The Saints finally stopped Turner for just one yard, in the second quarter on his sixth carry after 67 yards. Turner's next carry was forced outside, before being stopped just shy of two yards. His first carry of the third quarter went for five yards as he fought through a tackle for three extra yards. A toss sweep to Turner somehow worked against the Buccaneers last week on a play, but against the Saints in the redzone it was stopped for a loss, predictably. Turner wasn't building on his earlier work, but the Saints weren't giving him the football in the same situations. He caught a seven yard reception on first and 10, before being given a counter that gained the final three for a first down. With the game over and the Falcons running out the clock, Turner inexcusably fumbled when the Saints held him up.
2012 Week 14 vs CAR (7 / 14 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner was stuffed on his early touches and it would prove to be a theme for the Atlanta offense. Trailing 16-0 at half time, Atlanta had no room to run the football in a 'ground and pound' fashion with Turner. Instead, they went to Jacquizz Rodgers, who had success on screens and draws. Turner was given a couple of red zone carries late on, one of which he converted into a touchdown with less than a minute to play in regulation. Overall, his impact was limited due to the game script.
2012 Week 15 vs NYG (16 / 52 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner got a productive stat line in this game but accomplished very little overall outside of the first drive that netted him a touchdown. The Falcons were given very good field position early in the game and Turner successfully powered his way up the middle of the defense for the necessary yards to score. Turner showed typical power and was able to push back NYG defenders. Turner is no longer a fast RB that will burn defenses consistently but the power and leverage remains as a RB. Turner did a good job of running forward and not getting pushed back for negative yards. There were not many holes to take advantage of after his touchdown but he provided a solid yet unspectacular performance on the ground.
2012 Week 16 vs DET (13 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Atlanta's glaring weakness is its rushing attack and Turner provides little in terms of exclusiveness and play making ability. Atlanta's offense line had a difficult time establishing running lanes against Detroit's physical defensive line. Of note, Ndamakong Suh abused Peter Konz and routinely found his way into Atlanta's backfield. Turner mustered just 14 first half rushing yards, but broke off a 20-yard run during the fourth quarter, his longest of the day. Turner ran untouched down the right sideline before being tackled. During the fourth quarter, Turner ceded goal line carries to Jacquizz Rodgers. Detroit sold out to stop Tony Gonzalez, so Turner served as a check down option and secured all four of his targets for minimal gains.
2012 Week 17 vs TB (6 / 18 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Tampa Bay is one of the best defenses against the run with their active front seven and Michael Turner had a tough time getting started. Atlanta also trailed for a majority of game, prompting a heavy dose of Matt Ryan and the passing game with just 14 rushing attempts by running backs. Turner was seen more on the sidelines than in the backfield with Jacquizz Rodgers being the back of choice to run the no-huddle and spread formations in the catch-up effort. With just six carries to work with, Turner was outright stuffed on three of them. Through 2.5 quarters, Turner's best run was a mundane 4-yard pile-pushing effort up the middle. His lone highlight, and a majority of his meager fantasy production, came on his touchdown run in the second half. With a huge hole and a head of steam, Turner barreled into the end zone as no defensive back wanted a part of Turner running full speed through the teeth of the defense. That touchdown made the game close late, but the comeback effort ultimately fell short for Atlanta. Turner has averaged more than 4.0 yards-per-carry just once in the past eight games, which is not a good indicator that he carries Atlanta's ground game in a deep playoff run.
2012 Week 19 vs SEA (14 / 98 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The veteran halfback put in a vintage performance against Seattle while splitting carries with second-year running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Turner averaged seven yards per carry against a typically stout Seattle run defense, carrying the ball fourteen times for ninety-eight yards on the ground. Turner looked energized against the Seahawks, showing a cache of burst, footwork, and vision that most thought bereft from Turner's vanishing skillset. He started the afternoon with a fifteen-yard run off the left guard, breaking three tackles, and ended the game with a twelve-yard run on the right end that featured a surprisingly spry jump-cut. Turner's thirty-three yard scamper in the second quarter was his most impressive run of the afternoon, a tackle-breaking run where Turner lost his balance but steadied himself mid-stride to get to the second level and chew up significant yardage. Perhaps a timeshare with Jacquizz Rodgers is exactly what the high-mileage Turner needed, as arguably looked the best he has all season in the second week of the 2012-2013 playoffs.
2012 Week 20 vs SF (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After seeing just eight carries in a split role with Jacquizz Rodgers, Turner sustained an ankle injury early in the second half. He did not see the field again as Jason Snelling and Rodgers saw the running back action for the remainder of the game. Considering that one of Turner's carries totaled 11 yards with a wide open running lane, Turner's production was nearly non-existent this week against San Francisco.
2011 Week 1 vs CHI (10 / 100 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner is still as big and as powerful as ever but he may have lost a step in terms of straight line speed. Turner enjoyed big holes that were opened by a much improved bear offensive line. These holes enabled Turner to pierce through the Bears secondary and give the Falcons a consistent threat on the ground. Turners biggest play by far came when he was able to burst up the middle on a well blocked play by the Falcons. Turner was unable to break away for long and was eventually caught from behind by a Bear defensive back. He will also remain as a good check down option for Ryan due to his quickness in the open field but might remain under used in this role as in previous years. With such weapons for Ryan at the Falcons disposal, this should only give Turner even more chances running the ball and on the goal line.
2011 Week 2 vs PHI (21 / 114 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)
For the 2nd straight week Michael Turner used his power running to break off large chunks of yards on his way to breaking the century mark yet again, this time with 114 yards. The Falcons fed him the ball pretty consistently all night, never turning away from him even when the Eagles were stopping him for losses on quite a few of the runs. The team's patience with Turner paid off as he broke loose up the gut for a timely 61 yard gain as the Falcons were in the midst of coming back. The 2011 Michael Turner is not fast enough to outrun corners as he was caught from behind on the scamper. Still Turner found pay dirt on the drive as he walked into the end zone from 6 yards out a few plays later. He may not be the same runner as he was a couple of years ago, but his value is immense to his team.
2011 Week 3 vs TB (11 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
You hate to focus on this but Turner looks slow. There were definitely holes to be had but Turner doesn't seem to be able to get to the holes quick enough. Turner is a patient runner and has no problem allowing his blocks to develop and then weaving his way through traffic but he has looked slow on a few runs and it's been apparent for weeks as he is being caught from behind when there is nothing between him the end zone. The Falcons were not able to get their down field passing game going and that meant the Bucs front seven was not worried about having to drop back and instead were able to focus on stopping Turner every time he had the ball. Turner early in the game ran an off tackle right and there were two Bucs defenders but also two Falcons blockers who got heir helmet on both of these guys and Turner was unable to sidestep them and take it up the right sideline for what should have been a 7-8 yard gain and instead became a 2 yard gain. Turner looks like he has lost a step and overall had a terrible day that goes beyond just the stat line.
2011 Week 4 vs SEA (26 / 70 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Turner's stat line was enhanced by the two touchdowns he scored. He looked great on those couple of plays in particular, but for the most part found open running holes a rarity against a stingy Seattle front. On his first score, he ran a perfect counter, cutting back to the left and running 21 yards untouched for the TD. The second major was a triumph of sheer will, as he won a one-on-one battle to cross the line for a 2-yard TD. In the final quarter, his efforts in protecting the lead were crucial. Even though there wasn't much room to run, he would gain a few yards each time, moving the ball and burning the clock at the same time.
2011 Week 5 vs GB (16 / 56 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner opened the game, breaking a Charles Woodson tackle, and running up the left side for 15 yards. He looked like his old self early, punishing the Packers and helping the Falcons to a 14-0 lead. However, after the first two drives, Turner was basically shut out. The Packers never allowed him to get going again. Turner is at the point where he really needs to get a head of steam to be effective. He found it difficult to break initial tackles, getting stuffed for a loss a couple of times. If the Oline can allow Turner to get going, he can still bruise the defense, but he's become very ineffective if you can hit him early.
2011 Week 6 vs CAR (27 / 139 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner continued his good career record against the Panthers with a two-touchdown effort on Sunday. Turner ran from start to finish with authority and power, looking to prove a point with each carry. Some of his bigger runs were actually called back by holding penalties, so it could have been a more productive day. Turner benefited from a pass interference penalty in the end zone as the Falcons were set up at the 1-yard line. Turner finished it off with a short rushing touchdown. Atlanta did a solid job with their run blocking, especially with their runs to the outside. Turner added another rushing touchdown to ice the game late on, rumbling through the defense. Turner wishes he could play the Panthers every week, undoubtedly. Consider this to be one of Turner's strongest games of the season.
2011 Week 7 vs DET (27 / 122 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Falcons relied heavily on Michael Turner and the running game on Sunday. The Falcons had the lead for most of the game and were determined to use the running game to kill as much of the clock as possible and shorten the game. The Falcons almost exclusively used Turner in the rushing attack and he got a huge workload on the ground but was not a factor in the passing game. Turner has become a power back as his speed has somewhat diminished but he still runs hard and determined. The Falcons used him up the middle again and again and eventually he was able to rip off a big 50 yard run. With some help in the form of bad angles and tackling from DET, Turner sprinted down the field and made DET pay for over pursuing. It seems like ATL don't trust any other ATL RB with their carries on the ground. Turner pushed the pile well and kept his legs moving for first downs and ATL were back to the formula that was successful a few years back and allows QB Ryan to use PA off Turner's success on the ground.
2011 Week 9 vs IND (19 / 71 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner had a heavy workload against the Colts but wasn't quite able to dominate them or score multiple times due to emergence of rookie WR Jones. The Falcons scored three times through the air which took away from Turner's goal line value also. Turner did manage to run effectively up the middle against the Colts and get all the available yards while never breaking a big run. Turner also shared a lot of the carries with rookie RB Rodgers as the Falcons nursed a lead and ran the ball heavily to get out of the game quickly as possible. Turner got the ball on consecutive carries inside the 5 and was able to plough ahead for his touchdown but the star of this game was easily Julio Jones.
2011 Week 10 vs NO (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner returned to his old formula of getting the ball on the ground a lot and rarely being involved in the passing game. Turner ran strong and ran often early in the game as he converted many third downs and kept drives alive. Turner had a big run to the outside as he showed his vision he still has though he lacks the breakaway speed he once possessed as he was taken down from behind somewhat rather quickly. Turner was unable to convert the 4th and inches play in OT as the Falcons got simply no push against NO and Turner was doomed from the start. The Falcons were in this game all the way through and thus were able to continue to give Turner the ball. He was unlucky not to score on the goal line but too many ATL drives became bogged down in the redzone and never quite reached the goal line which took away from some of Turner's production.
2011 Week 11 vs TEN (21 / 100 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Turner spent much of the day barreling over the Tennessee defense with strong runs and shifty moves. The offensive line blocked very well, but credit to Turner for hitting the hole with a full head of steam and punishing the Titans ever-changing front seven personnel. He ran with low pad level and good forward lean and whatever speed he has lost was more than made up for by quick hip moves and changes of direction in traffic. His best run of the day came on a 35 yard dash. On the play, Turner took the ball off tackle to the right, cut upfield, and managed to break three tackles before running over a Tennessee defender on his way to his longest run of the day. Turner's best runs continue to come on off-tackle and off-guard plays on sustained drives where play-action has begun to confuse the defense. The extra beat of having linebackers back on their heels anticipation a pass seems to buy Turner all the time he needs to get to the second level at full speed. Turner also added a rare reception for a nine yard gain.
2011 Week 12 vs MIN (19 / 60 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner had a heavy workload but not a very productive day on the ground. The Falcons were leading in this game early on and for most of the game which enabled them to keep a balanced offense. Turner was finding few holes however and was mostly kept in check by the Vikings defense. Turner did get some flashes of excellent blocking as he powered forward or to the outside for decent gains but was never able to rip off the big gain. Turner has lost a lot of his explosive play ability as his speed has regressed but still possesses power. Turner routinely was met at the line but carried defenders over first down markers to ensure the chains kept moving and proved very valuable to his team in this regard. He was not a factor in the passing game but Turner owners have come to expect this as QB Ryan usually founds someone open downfield. The Falcon offense needs Ryan more than they need Turner's rushing game. Turner was a nice compliment on Sunday to Ryan and the passing game but it does not take over games like used to. He has the power and vision to make decent gains and force the defense to play honest at times but needs a lot of goal line touches and opportunities to score to make Turner a valuable play.
2011 Week 13 vs HOU (14 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Texans defense held Michael Turner largely in check. Despite the low score of the contest, the Falcons leading rusher only managed 14 carries. The Texans success in controlling time of possession shifted the Falcons away from running the ball in the second half, greatly reducing Turner's contribution. Most of his runs were between the tackles and even with a lead blocker Turner had a hard time getting to the second level of the defense. His best rush came on a quick draw where he quickly hit the hole off-guard and glided between three defenders for a 7 yard gain. Turner is running with nice power and unexpected agility this season, but he was not able to create much space against Houston's newly revamped defense.
2011 Week 14 vs CAR (21 / 76 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner did not have his customary 100+ yard game against the Panthers, instead acting as more of a sustaining force to keep the Panthers defense honest. Turner failed to break off any big gains, but ran tough. This was a rare down day for Turner, but his owners should be pleased to see Jacksonville and New Orleans coming up on the schedule.
2011 Week 15 vs JAX (19 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Turner started the game with a very nice physical run for a 16-yard gain, running the ball pretty tentatively looking for holes or alleys and at times really slowing down resulting in minimum gains. If the falcons continue to fire on all cylinders Turner will continue to be serviceable based on sheer quantity of carries. Turner left a few yards on the field as well failing to get into exact rhythm with his line. Turner failed tonight to change the game if the holes were not there the large back was content to just plod around instead of using his large stature. Capitalizing on muffed punt Turner scored on a perfectly blocked six-yard touchdown untouched.
2011 Week 16 vs NO (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Turners first run of the night would turn out to be his best numbers wise for 7 yards, early on it looked like Turner would be poised for great night showing great patience allowing holes to unclog from the over pursuit of the aggressive Saints defensive line. As the game flow got away from what the Falcons do best via physical downhill rushing and the play action passing game the scoreboard took Turner out of the game script. Turner did however manage to catch 4 balls out of the backfield for 36 yards showing his versatility. Turner had a great blitz pick up allowing Ryan the time to throw his lone touchdown to Julio Jones.
2011 Week 17 vs TB (17 / 172 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
1st run of the game he blasted right up the middle and ran thru tackles en route to a 27 yard gain. Turner has not had 100 yds rushing since week 11. Turner had no problem ripping right past that mark. On a 1st and goal just inside the 10 he ran thru a wide open hole again up the middle and was brought down just short of the end zone or else he would have scored another TD to go with the other 2 he managed later on in the football game. Later in the 1st quarter he ran behind Jason Snelling on a delayed hand off out of the attack formation by the Falcons and ripped off another huge gain. Turner was used as a battering ram in the 2nd quarter taking a lot of hand offs and finishing the dirve with a touchdown although once again he was stopped at the goal line , then again on 3rd and goal, finally on 4th and goal he plunged in to put Atlanta ahead 28-0 early in the 2nd quarter. Capped a terrific 1st half and day with an 81 yard run breaking 3-4 tackled by a Bucs team that had completely given up. Turner could have run for 300 yards and 5 touchdowns if he wanted to.
2011 Week 18 vs NYG (15 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner, who looked slow and seemed to plod at times, was kept in check by the dominant Giants front seven. The Giants signalled their intent early with several stops and solid tackles in the backfield. Turner was able to spring free for some 10-yard bursts at times, but on the whole was ineffective.
2010 Week 1 vs PIT (19 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Turner had a tough time getting going against the stingy Steelers defense. While the Steelers were susceptible to comebacks last year, those always happened through the air. The 2009 underperforming Steelers D was still 3rd in the NFL against the run, and they picked up where they left off in that regard - making Turner look like a guy who picked 7th-to-last in most fantasy drafts instead of 7th overall. The Falcons had so much trouble running in the middle early that they essentially just gave up on it. On multiple occasions with 1 or 2 yards to go in the second half, Atlanta threw from jumbo sets or tried to run outside instead. While Turner is able to execute these types of plays, they're not his strong suit. The Falcons even dusted off Jerious Norwood for a few plays in an attempt to get to the perimeter. While Turner struggled in this one, anyone who watched the game would agree that his lack of production was more a reflection on the defense against which he played rather than a lack of abilities on his part.
2010 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 75 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner owners were no doubt ecstatic as the game began, as Turner ripped off big run after big run, showcasing his impressive combination of speed and strength. Unfortunately, he injured his groin, and never returned to the game. It looks like he'll be ok, which is good news for his owners. The offensive line for Atlanta did an amazing job opening holes, and Turner carved up the Cardinal defense again and again by quickly hitting the holes. If he can stay healthy, he is a candidate for the rushing title in 2010, make no mistake about it.
2010 Week 3 vs NO (30 / 114 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner looked a lot like the 2008 version of himself in the Falcons overtime win against the Saints on Sunday and he was obviously a big reason for the team's victory. Turner was given plenty of chances to establish his will against the Saints run defense and although Turner took the relatively slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach to reach 100 yards, he did almost break two big ones (a 32-yard dive run to the right and a 17-yard scamper up the middle) for touchdowns and had five more runs for more than five yards on the day. Turner ran powerfully throughout, showing burst when he needed to and was given all of the goal line and most of the red zone carries. He showed consistent burst in conjunction with his hard-running style throughout the contest -- vintage Michael Turner in this one.
2010 Week 4 vs SF (16 / 50 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Although Michael Turner made a few nice runs in this game where he demonstrated good patience and the ability to stick his foot in the ground and cut up field, his most pleasantly surprising contribution came in the form of receptions. The Falcons are making an effort to get him the ball more in space in the passing game, and it worked well in this game. No DB wants to see Turner coming at them with a head of steam. Turner made a couple of defenders pay for trying to tackle him high when he caught the ball, knocking them to the ground easily. On the ground, Turner played quite well, but didn't have the room to run that he would have liked at times. He was unable to break off any substantial gains, but kept the offense moving and kept the balance of the offense intact.
2010 Week 5 vs CLE (19 / 140 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had a very strong game, running through arm tackles and breaking tackles behind the line of scrimmage when the Browns were able to penetrate. He had two goal-to-go carries that he was unable to convert, but he was able to rattle off a 55-yard gain by escaping an attempt to tackle him up high by Abram Elam, and that wasn't the only time he eluded a would-be tackler in this strong performance. Turner was still running strong at the end of the game and easily gouged a tired Browns defense to ice the game after a second Jake Delhomme interception in Atlanta territory.
2010 Week 6 vs PHI (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner had minimal production in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but most of the limited numbers were due to the Falcons quickly falling behind 21-0 in the first half. Turner had just 15 carries (45 yards) and one short catch of four yards on the day as Atlanta had to throw 42 times in a comeback effort. Turner would have had a chance at a touchdown just before halftime as the Falcons had the ball at the Eagles' one-yard line with less than a minute to play but no timeouts. As a result the Falcons chose to throw it to TE Tony Gonzalez for the score rather than risk a stop and the clock running out.
2010 Week 7 vs CIN (23 / 121 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner keeps this offense on schedule. He was simply a headache for Bengals defenders, as he constantly broke tackles and barreled over people on Sunday. Turner had a mind-boggling 36 yard scamper during which he broke four tackles and burst up the field. Turner got the calls near the goal line on both of his touchdowns, the second one being the highlight as he weaved around his blockers and sprinted for the pylon. Turner made a nice contribution on a day when Atlanta really clicked offensively.
2010 Week 9 vs TB (24 / 107 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner pounded his way to 107 yards rushing on 24 attempts, and added scoring runs of two yards and 10 yards. This was a textbook Michael Turner game. He used his speed and power to wear down the Tampa Bay defense, and kept them honest enough to allow his QB to have an efficient day in the passing game.
2010 Week 10 vs BAL (17 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner was held in check by the Ravens in week 10 as he ran for only 39 yards on 17 carries. His affect, however was profound as his powerful running style helped wear out the Baltimore front seven, thus reducing the intensity of the pass rush as the Falcons scored two fourth quarter touchdowns. His best sequence came in the first quarter when Turner ran the ball off the right end on two successive plays for a total of 7 yards. Despite the meager gains, Turner's presence and force helped establish his presence. Outside of those two runs, Turner was used almost exclusively between the tackles to punish the defense and help establish play-action.
2010 Week 11 vs STL (28 / 131 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
The bowling ball with quick feet got 28 carries and just completely wore down the Rams. He attacked them for 3 and 4 yards at a time, eating up chunks of clock and yardage, and then finally capitalized by hitting paydirt from 39 yards out at the end of the game. It seems like Turner is having a down year, but there is he 140 yards out of the top rushing spot in the league. Turner is never going to be confused with Chris Johnson, but the punishment he inflicted on the Rams is the kind of punishment that leaves a team beaten and demoralized. His feet are so quick that he can change direction and hit his spots, and when he lowers his shoulder, he has such strength in his lower-body that gives him the ability to push the pile.
2010 Week 12 vs GB (23 / 110 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner rushed for over 100 yards and that is normally a recipe for a Falcons victory. Turner kept churning out yards for this offense on the ground even if the gains were minimal. He ran tough and with a great burst, making tacklers miss and slipping them in the open field. He ran with good balance on a trademark Turner run in the 3rd quarter.
2010 Week 13 vs TB (24 / 88 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was the workhorse again for the Falcons, who were shorthanded in the backfield, and carried the load for 24 carries and 88 yards on the ground, including a 5 yard touchdown rush. He ran as hard as he always has and had some nice runs, but was unable to break through for any big plays in the rush game. Early on it looked like Turner may have a big day, but the Buccaneer defense made adjustments and found ways to keep him in check.
2010 Week 14 vs CAR (28 / 112 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner ran with a lot of passion and fire as he went for over 100 on the ground against Carolina. Turner made crisp cuts, lowered his pad level to knock down tackles when he had to, and powered his way into the end zone with his trademark patient running style. Turner is perhaps the key player in this offense and how he is performing week in and week out is a huge reason why the Falcons are where they are right now.
2010 Week 15 vs SEA (25 / 82 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner provided a somewhat unproductive but consistent ground game for the falcons. True to most games he plays, he started off slowly and began to wear down the defense. He was given a heavy workload as Atlanta played a ball control offense, mixing dive plays with outside runs very effectively. On one play up the middle, he carried between two and three defenders and turned a 2 yard gain into an 8 yard gain. Seattle played Turner and the running game well early on, with good gap control and hustle to the football. Late in the game however as they were on the field for most of the game, they began to tire and Turner ripped off bigger gains.
2010 Week 16 vs NO (17 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite having a really good season overall Turner has had some clunkers this season for his owners, week 16 was another one of them. The New Orleans defense got great penetration from the start and left Turner almost no room to work with. In a critical goal line sequence he was stuffed on 1st down and fumbled on 2nd down (his 1st of the season). It was a forgettable game for the stout running back.
2010 Week 17 vs CAR (17 / 67 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner rattled off 15 yards on his first carry, following his blocker to move the chains easily. His other carry on the opening drive was in the red zone, but the Falcons chose to pass on 10 of those 12 plays. Perhaps lack of use had something to do with his fumble in the red zone later on, as the ball just slipped out. Through his three quarters of play, Turner ran with ease, though no big gains were to be had. His other mistake was a dropped pass over the middle that he should have had. His touchdown was a gimme from the one yard line.
2010 Week 19 vs GB (10 / 39 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
t looked like Turner was going to be a huge factor early in the game when he scored in the first quarter on a beautiful 12 yard run, where he broke 3 Packer tackles inside the five yard line, and waltzed into the endzone. However, due to the kickoff return by Weems, Turner didn't see the field again for a LONG time, due to 2 long time-eating drives by Rodgers. In the 2nd half, Turner was a non-factor, as the Falcons were down by too many points. While Turner might be an ideal back when his team has the lead, he doesn't have much value when they are down 4 touchdowns.
2009 Week 1 vs MIA (22 / 65 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite his stats, Turner didn't look bad at all. The problem was the play-calling tendencies and the Dolphins front seven. Atlanta stubbornly tested the A gaps between center and guard despite the fact Turner didn't gain more than three yards on any of those runs and the ground game looked much more like its old self on runs off guard or off tackle where he got yardage after contact and broke tackles. His longest run of the day was a 12-yard gain with 2:30 left in the game when the contest was clearly in hand. I anticipate the Falcons will see their inability to make the adjustment and Turner should get back on track in future weeks.
2009 Week 2 vs CAR (28 / 105 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Turner did yeoman's work, grinding out one and two-yard runs to keep the defense honest, then busting off longer runs when they weren't. He followed his blocks very well, and always fell forward, getting a ton of yards after contact. Turner did fumble inside the 10, but he atoned with a TD run later that he created by cutting outside when the middle was gummed up. He converted one first down late to help milk the clock, but couldn't get the second, to give the Panthers one more chance at a hail mary. You wouldn't know it by his yards per carry, but Turner performed well and got everything that was there and more vs. Carolina.
2009 Week 3 vs NE (15 / 56 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner never really got on track even though he scored a first half touchdown. He was dragging tacklers and taking a lot of energy to bring down, but he didn't get free in the open field or find a lot of room to run all day. Turner fumbled in Patriot territory on a key drive that could have put the Falcons in the lead, but it was a great defensive play more than a lapse on his part.
2009 Week 5 vs SF (22 / 97 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was instrumental in putting away the 49ers with his unstoppable red zone presence in the first half. He ran over Michael Lewis and the umpire on his first TD run, and he made a savvy cutback on his second TD run. The third TD run was created by the offensive line with a good push at the one-yard line. The 49ers run defense was stout at first, but Turner started breaking more and more of their tackles as the game went on, and he was able to break into the open field a handful of times and show his speed. Turner did fumble in enemy territory for the second straight game, but this time the Falcons recovered.
2009 Week 6 vs CHI (13 / 30 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Bears gameplan was clearly to contain Michael Turner this week for the most past they succeeded doing so in week 6. Turner was bottled up early because the Bears stacked the interior with everything they had. This caused the Falcons to use Norwood/Snelling more on perimeter often through the 2nd and 3rd quarters and limited Turner's total touched on the night. He turned in one of his quietest games since joining the Falcons carrying the ball for just 30 yards and another 16 in the air. Make no mistake about it though, Turner ran extremely hard and fought for everything he gained during the game. His hardwork paid off late as he found the end zone on the Falcons final possession of the game on a 5 yard rush. Turner may not be ripping off huge runs like he did so often last season, but he is a serious threat to score a TD each and every week. He has 6 in 5 games already.
2009 Week 7 vs DAL (18 / 50 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner was met in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage too often for him to have a good day running the football, not to mention the Falcons had to play from behind for the whole second half. Turner did break a few tackles and ran with great determination, but he doesn't seem to have quite the same power, burst or crispness in his moves. The Falcons offensive line was getting no push against the Cowboys front seven, and they seemed to be crashing down on the line of scrimmage hard when Turner was in the game. He did score on a bulldozer run at the goal line, and Turner was successful on a draw and when he got to the outside, but when the defense is playing as hungry as Dallas was against the run and pass, of course it's going to be long day for Turner.
2009 Week 8 vs NO (20 / 151 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner put to rest any questions about his burst and effectiveness coming off a 370+ carry season. He was gashing the defense inside and outside, seeing holes and cutback lanes very well, and flashing that breakaway speed that is so rare in such a big, rugged back. He got the corner very easily on his TD, and he broke long runs throughout the game, including a late run that was stopped, but Turner kept his legs churning and set up the Falcons for a possible go-ahead score. He can be trusted as the RB1 you drafted him to be.
2009 Week 9 vs WAS (18 / 166 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
What Curse of 370? Turner put the Falcons offense on his back against a stout Redskins defense that handled the Panthers power running game a few weeks ago. As always, Turner often had to be gang-tackled to stop his short runs. That effort and focus to thwart Turner inside allowed him to bust a few runs outside for nice gains, including a 30-yard TD run in the first half. Once Turner got to the edge on the toss, he motored past the Redskins defense for an easy score. Turner caught a few underneath passes, and also had another 30+ yard run called back before he opened up a two-score lead for Atlanta in the fourth quarter by both breaking tackles and making tacklers miss on the way to a 57-yard TD run, with an escort from Marty Booker for the last ten yards. Turner is proving to be worth every bit of the first round pick people spent to get him before the season.
2009 Week 10 vs CAR (9 / 111 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was well on his way to a 200 yard game when he took a hit right on the ankle in the red zone. He was running with superb vision, cuts, speed, and balance. It was almost always taking more than one man to bring him down, and usually well downfield. The breakaway burst was apparent in the open field. It has to be heartbreaking to his owners that Turner went down just as he was running as well as he has in his career.
2009 Week 12 vs TB (12 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner made one of the speediest recoveries from a high-ankle sprain that we've seen in a while, but for most of the game, it seemed as if his presence didn't make a difference. He didn't have the same initial burst or speed to the outside, even though he was just as strong after contact. Turner finally broke out for a good run right before he aggravated his ankle injury. It's hard to imagine the Falcons rushing him back for next week's game vs. Philadelphia.
2009 Week 15 vs NYJ (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner returned from his second ankle injury to suffer his third on the first play of the game. It's a shame because he was red hot when he first went down, but it looks like Turner's 2009 is done for his fantasy owners since he didn't return after suffering the injury on his first carry.
2008 Week 1 vs DET (22 / 220 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Few players have had this kind of immediate impact after signing with a new team. Turner set a Falcons' single game rushing record of 220 yards, averaged a sick ten yards per carry, and scored two touchdowns. A couple of times during the game he actually looked tired. He ran hard and made some players miss, but he also had some monster holes to run through.
2008 Week 2 vs TB (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner and the Falcons faced a much tougher defense this week and the Tampa Bay game plan was clearly to focus on Turner and make QB Matt Ryan have to try to beat them through the air. The Buccaneers held Turner to just 42 yards on 14 attempts, for a 3.0 ypc average. He still ran hard and hit the holes with the burst he showed last week, but the difference was Tampa Bay was meeting him in those holes and finishing tackles. Turner was targeted one time in the passing game, catching the pass for an eight yard gain.
2008 Week 3 vs KC (23 / 104 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner was an absolute monster. He started the day slowly, and actually split carries evenly with Jerious Norwood early in the game, but once he got going the Falcons made him the focus of the offense. Of note are his three touchdowns on the day, all short yardage carries (two, four, and, one yard). He was nearly impossible to take down; one time he literally dragged a clinging KC player five yards and still didn't go down.
2008 Week 4 vs CAR (18 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Turner entered the game leading the league in rushing yardage. He struggled to find room to run on the Panther defense and finished with 56 yards on 18 attempts. Turner's long run went for 19 yards. Turner was targeted three times as an outlet receiver. His lone reception lost a yard. Turner dropped another swing pass attempt, but likely would have lost yardage on that play had he caught it.
2008 Week 5 vs GB (26 / 121 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner got a heavy workload early on as he rushed 12 times for 52 yards in the first quarter. He received only six carries over the second and third quarters, but he averaged over 4.8 yards per rush on those six attempts. The fourth quarter saw Turner get seven more rushing attempts which went for 40 yards and the team's only touchdown of the second half. His day could have been even better, but he was stuffed for no gain on a goal line carry on Atlanta's first series of the game.
2008 Week 6 vs CHI (25 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner struggled throughout the day, as the Bears constantly stacked up the line. He finished with only 54 yards on his 25 carries, while 11 of those went for either zero or negative yards. Despite a lack of effectiveness, the Falcons stuck with him. He did have a 23 yard carry in the second quarter. Turner had a fumble ruling overturned. Backup Jerious Norwood only received three carries.
2008 Week 8 vs PHI (17 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner and his stat line was a victim of the score and some decent play from the Eagles front 7. Turner showed some flashes of speed and vision when he ran North and South. He did not enjoy the same type of success on the outside plays. He did receive one carry from inside the Eagle's five yard line but was not able to score.
2008 Week 9 vs OAK (31 / 139 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner carried 31 times for 139 yards, though his longest run was only 16 yards. Whenever Atlanta wanted to pick up yardage it seemed all they had to do was hand off to Turner. He was held out of the end zone, but once the Falcons got the lead they didn't really try to run up the score.
2008 Week 10 vs NO (27 / 96 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michel Turner was used effectively to gain tough yards to try and keep the Saints offense off of the field. He is a tough inside runner who is not afraid of contact and gets the yards necessary. His touchdown run in the first quarter was on a play in which the offensive line opened up a good hole in the line and he burst through it. In the third quarter he was used as a tool to grind out the clock as the Falcons kept the ball for 11 minutes of the quarter.
2008 Week 11 vs DEN (25 / 81 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
RB Michael Turner faced a stacked line of scrimmage from the Denver Broncos but still managed to put up some solid numbers in the loss. Turner used his speed and evasiveness to avoid a series of defenders on a 28 yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter. The Falcons committed to the run and Turner was able to use his speed and toughness to score twice.
2008 Week 12 vs CAR (24 / 117 / 4 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finding the end zone four times is no small feat, though this was Turner's fourth multi-touchdown game of the season and fifth performance exceeding one hundred yards on the ground. Turner bulldozed his way to two of the touchdowns from a yard out, but showed nifty footwork and a good burst on his four yard touchdown around end to the left side and past would be defenders on his sixteen yard scamper late in the game.
2008 Week 13 vs SD (31 / 120 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After last week's career game, Turner appeared primed for a huge performance against his former team. Prior to kickoff, he opted to not exchange any pleasantries with his former mates, rather kneeling at midfield stoic and focused. He looked really determined to have a big game against them. While he did gain 120 yards on the ground, he failed to deliver the big plays when Atlanta needed them the most. It took him 31 carries to get to those 120 yards (3.9 YPC), and the Charger defenders made it tough for him to pick up every last yard that he got. San Diego clearly made a conscious effort from very early on to make sure Turner didn't beat them. This much was obvious by the fact that Turner was being bottled up on nearly every run while Atlanta receivers were running free wide open all over the field.
2008 Week 14 vs NO (18 / 61 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was the Falcons leading rusher with 61 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown run came during the second quarter on a run where there was not hole in the left side of the line and he cut back to the right and made it easily into the end zone. Most of his carries occurred between the tackles, which limited his production. On most plays he appeared to be tentative in plunging into the line of scrimmage if there was not a hole available, almost giving up on the play and allowing himself to be tackled. If there was a hole, no matter how small, he was able to slip through for a decent gain. His only target was on the opening play of the game where he was wide open in the left flat. However, he dropped the pass as it appeared that he was trying to run before he secured the ball.
2008 Week 15 vs TB (32 / 152 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Turner was a monster in the rushing attack for the Falcons as he ran the ball 32 times for 152 yards and caught two passes for 30 yards on two targets in the passing game. He was also able to get into the end zone on a one yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and throughout the game he just seemed to wear down the Tampa Bay front seven.
2008 Week 16 vs MIN (19 / 70 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner makes moves that a 240 pound RB should not be able to do. He was not able to break any big plays. He did move the pile and made guys miss. However, the DBs were able to get him down if the LBs didn't. He was not involved in the passing game. The Viking defense is tough to run on but Turner didn't seem to have the burst. He would make one move and then be taken down. He did average over three yards per carry.
2008 Week 17 vs STL (25 / 208 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner scored his 17th touchdown of the season, a new Falcon record. He also gained an astounding 208 yards on 25 carries, an 8.3 yard per carry average, but he was still in the running for goat of the game until the last minute of play. With the score tied at 24 in the fourth quarter Turner broke lose on a 70 yard run. Ron Bartell caught him at the four yard line, however, and forced a fumble which bounced into the end zone for a touchback. It St. Louis had managed to win the game, Turner's fumble could have been the turning point.
2008 Week 18 vs ARI (18 / 42 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Turner faced a Cardinals defense stacked to stop him. Because the defensive linemen kept their gaps and the linebackers stayed at home, the cutback lanes usually weren't there. Also, S Adrian Wilson played like a fourth linebacker much of the game. Turner had to battle to gain 42 yards on 18 carries, although he did score a touchdown in the second quarter on a four yard run.
2007 Week 1 vs CHI (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner did what he does best; that is, sit and wait his turn on the bench until the Chargers have built up a comfortable lead. Then enter the game late in the fourth quarter and run over everyone. Turner once again bested LaDainian Tomlinson on a per carry basis, as Turner came in and rumbled for 41 yards on ten carries to help run out the clock (4.1 YPC versus 1.5 YPC for Tomlinson).
2007 Week 2 vs NE (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Turner saw limited action and gained three yards on one carry. He also caught two passes for 14 yards.
2007 Week 3 vs GB (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner's role was almost nonexistent, despite the repeated struggles of LaDainian Tomlinson. Turner has to remain on fantasy rosters simply because of his upside, but at this point his role on the team is more of a true backup to Tomlinson rather than a complement.
2007 Week 4 vs KC (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was pretty much a non-factor once again. Owners who handcuffed him to Tomlinson were wise in doing so, but unlike last season he hasn't been getting regular work to give him value in his own right. In this game, his biggest play was a negative one as he lost a fumble in his own territory early in the second quarter.
2007 Week 5 vs DEN (10 / 147 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was like 2006 all over again for Turner. After watching LaDainian Tomlinson receive the lion's share of the carries in the first half, Turner took a seemingly innocent handoff late in the first half and turned it into a 49 yard gallop to put the team in field goal range. Turner played halfback exclusively in the fourth quarter as the game became a blowout, and he further padded his stats. He took a handoff up the left side and followed some terrific downfield blocks to scamper in for the score from 74 yards out. He finished with a gaudy 14.7 yards per carry and reminded those Tomlinson owners exactly why he is on their fantasy roster in the first place.
2007 Week 6 vs OAK (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
A week after perhaps the best game of his career, Turner came up all but empty. His five carries were sporadic throughout the game, and when the Chargers were busy running out the clock it was LaDainian Tomlinson and not Turner, who got all of the touches. It just goes to show that for all of his upside and big runs, it's awfully tough to rely on him even when the game appears as if it'll be a blowout for the Chargers.
2007 Week 8 vs HOU (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite the game being well in hand by halftime, Turner didn't really see very much work (even in the second half). LaDainian Tomlinson was still taking carries as late as the fourth quarter, and Turner saw three of his four carries on San Diego's final attempt to run out the clock.
2007 Week 10 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Turner did not receive a carry until the third quarter, where he got stacked up through the middle for a zero yard gain. Though that play was nullified by an offensive holding penalty, and he did not receive another touch in the game. Turner received one Philip Rivers target on a short dump off that hit him right in the hands, but he dropped the ball. It certainly wasn't one of Turner's strongest efforts as he rarely made it into this game even though the Chargers game plan was to run the ball with regularity while sitting on a big lead.
2007 Week 12 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had a couple of carries to spell Tomlinson, but didn't do much with them.
2007 Week 15 vs DET (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
Turner saw more work than he has in weeks, but it could've been far more. He ran with his usual toughness on each of his five carries, with the long gain going for 10 yards. But he injured his shoulder late in the first half and did not return. Instead, third-string back Darren Sproles saw the lion's share of the carries in the second half and was extremely impressive. We doubt this one game will affect the pecking order in San Diego, but if something were to happen to Tomlinson over the next two weeks or in the postseason, it's no longer a sure thing that Turner would carry the load exclusively.
2007 Week 16 vs DEN (7 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Turner spelled LaDainian Tomlinson, who was nursing a hamstring issue, at various points both in the first and second halves. But this was a very workmanlike performance from San Diego, and the win didn't include very many big gains. Turner's evening basically consisted of running straight into a pile of defenders and getting tackled after very minimal gains.
2007 Week 17 vs OAK (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner didn't get his first carry of the game until the third quarter, but he quickly made up for lost time by rushing for 42 bruising yards on eleven carries. He ran hard and looked a lot like the Turner of last year; the guy who consistently needed five defenders to be hanging all over him before he would even consider allowing himself to be tackled. Turner was very determined to pick up every single last possible yard, and the effort was reflected in the stat line.
2007 Week 18 vs TEN (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner didn't get a ton of action, but he worked hard for his 28 yards. When he came into the game, it most definitely gave the San Diego running game a different feel. No one is suggesting that Turner is a better runner than LaDainian Tomlinson, but against a defense like this, power running was much more valuable than shiftiness and elusiveness. Perhaps that explains why Turner picked up 28 yards compared to Tomlinson's 42 despite taking 12 fewer carries.
2007 Week 19 vs IND (17 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With LaDainian Tomlinson out of commission for the entire second half, Turner (an impending free agent) had an opportunity to make himself a whole boatload of cash this offseason with a dynamic performance. While he may not have lit up the stat sheet, Turner did a very serviceable job in place of the injured Tomlinson. A large reason for Turner's lower per carry average is because a good deal of his runs came late in the game during obvious rushing situations. Indianapolis was able to stack the line on several occasions and have no fear about getting beaten downfield. Turner had very few holes to run in, and a less powerful back wouldn't have gotten anywhere near the 71 yards Turner picked up. He also was very close to an extremely costly gaffe on the last touchdown drive. He was taken down at the goal line and the ball came loose, though he was ruled down on the play. Not much mention was made of it because he certainly was down, but the ball didn't come loose because of the ground; it came loose because it was knocked loose by the Colts. He just happened to already have his knee on the ground. Otherwise, this could have been a very different outcome. QB Billy Volek dove in from a yard out on the next play for the eventual game-winning score. He also had a chance to seal the victory without giving Indianapolis the ball, but he was stopped short of first down yardage on three runs late in the fourth quarter. Had he picked up ten yards on those three carries, the game would have ended on kneeldowns. As it was, he only managed seven yards, and the Chargers punted away to give Peyton Manning one last chance to win (which he was of course unable to do). Tomlinson is expected to play next week's game, but if he cannot go then obviously Turner would have a far larger workload. Even if Tomlinson does suit up, it stands to reason that Turner's role could be expanded somewhat to give Tomlinson's knee more rest.
2007 Week 20 vs NE (17 / 65 / 0 rush, 0 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Turner once again was given the vast majority of the rushing duties with star halfback LaDainian Tomlinson relegated to the bench with a knee injury. Turner started off extremely well, but his production actually tailed off as the game went on. His first run went for five yards and his second was a tough 12 yard run that took several defenders to bring him down. But his remaining fifteen carries went for just 48 yards (3.2 YPC) and he was a complete non-factor in the passing game. He was also involved in perhaps the most crucial play of the game, a third and one carry from the New England four yard line midway through the third quarter. With the Chargers trailing 14-9, Turner took a carry off of left tackle and was immediately met in the hole by LB Junior Seau. Rather than running over Seau, Turner was almost instantly knocked backward for a loss. The Chargers had to settle for a field goal, which cut the deficit to 14-12. But they never got close to scoring again.
2006 Week 1 vs OAK (10 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had a few token touches as the Chargers ran out the clock leading into halftime and split carries with Tomlinson in the third and fourth quarters with the game well in the bag. He recorded 37 yards on ten carries including a one yard touchdown.
2006 Week 2 vs TEN (13 / 138 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Turner is slowly becoming a flex option for fantasy owners, at least in games that are potential blowout wins for the Chargers. He plays a role during the flow of the game to keep Tomlinson rested, and if San Diego has a big enough lead in the fourth quarter, Turner takes over. He did it last year, with wild success, and he has picked up where he left off this season. Turner is an electric runner, and astute fantasy owners already know to keep an eye out for him if/when he leaves the Chargers. Turner is incredible even when teams know he's coming, as evidenced by his 73 yard run even when Tennessee knew all the Chargers were doing was running out the clock. Turner was caught from behind by Adam "Pacman" Jones at the Tennessee 15 yard line; otherwise, he would have scored.
2006 Week 4 vs BAL (7 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It's usually sacrilege to even suggest such a thing, but Turner was the better runner against the Ravens than LaDainian Tomlinson. Turner is much stronger through the hole, and has the ability to move the pile even when there are several defenders in his way. While Tomlinson is far superior in the open field, in a game like this where running lanes are tough to come by, a guy like Turner who can bowl people over is a better weapon. Case in point: with the Chargers struggling to move the ball on the ground, Turner took his first carry 19 yards. This at a time when Tomlinson had carried 14 times for 38 yards. Turner averaged over six yards per carry on a day when Tomlinson averaged fewer than three per carry (against the same defenses).
2006 Week 5 vs PIT (11 / 56 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had a team high 56 yards on 11 carries, all in the second half, including 40 yards in the final quarter. Turner came through most of all on the Chargers final drive (6-29) when he picked up a first down just before the two minute warning on third and one. He followed that up with a 23 yard run in which he broke two tackles to the Steelers six yard line, setting up San Diego's final field goal.
2006 Week 6 vs SF (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner saw very little action in this game and was a non factor.
2006 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had runs of six, five, five, and two yards. He returned two kickoffs for 47 yards. He lost a 48 yard return on the opening kickoff to a holding penalty.
2006 Week 8 vs STL (5 / 28 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner got just five carries, but to no one's surprise he once again averaged nearly six yards per carry and once again found the end zone. As the announcers remarked, Turner is not simply a backup or a garbage time back to Tomlinson. He is an integral part of the offense and has a clear role with the team, and once again he proved that in this game.
2006 Week 9 vs CLE (2 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner got a carry in the second quarter that he didn't do anything with, and then broke a 21 yard run late in the fourth quarter as San Diego tried to run out the clock. Turner simply ran over CB Ralph Brown on his way down the sideline, but couldn't keep himself inbounds and went out at the eight yard line. Tomlinson scored on the next play.
2006 Week 10 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For this being such an offensive show, Turner was noticeably quiet. He had just one offensive touch in the game, and he has seen his share of the carries diminish more and more as the season progresses. That's not to say he didn't play a key role, however. He had two long kickoff returns, one of which helped set the Chargers up with excellent field position on an eventual scoring drive. Following Chad Johnson's second touchdown, Turner took the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to the Bengal 40, helping set up a Tomlinson score.
2006 Week 11 vs DEN (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner had four carries in relief of Tomlinson.
2006 Week 15 vs KC (7 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner has his most rushes in a game since Week 4. He did well with his seven carries, earning 8.3 yards per carry. He had a 25 yard burst on a fake punt where the ball was snapped to him instead of the punter. Turner also contributed well on special teams, where he averaged 34.8 yards per kickoff return, including a long of 58. It was speculated both that he will see more carries at the end of the year in an attempt to keep Tomlinson fresh for the playoffs, and that he will draw interest from other teams this off-season as his is a restricted free agent.
2006 Week 16 vs SEA (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner stepped in for starting RB LaDainian Tomlinson twice during the game. During the second quarter Turner ran for three and five yards on consecutive touches. Early in the third quarter Tomlinson ripped off a long run that was called back by a penalty setting up a second and 25. Turner stepped in and carried for a 21 yard burst over the left side setting up the first Kaeding field goal.
2006 Week 17 vs ARI (11 / 58 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
As usual, Turner filled in very admirably for LaDainian Tomlinson when called upon. In addition to a career long 30 yard reception, Turner saw extensive work in the backfield, especially when Tomlinson left the game for good in the third quarter with an apparent injury. On his early runs, Turner simply would not go down. On one carry in particular, he literally carried a pile of about six Cardinal defenders for about eight to ten yards before finally being taken down. Late in the game with San Diego trying to run out the clock, it was Turner who got all of the carries because LaDainian Tomlinson was on the sidelines for the entire fourth quarter. It was Turner's most extensive action since Week 5, and his most productive game yardage-wise since Week 2.
2006 Week 19 vs NE (3 / 24 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner did nothing to hurt his value both to the Chargers and to potential off-season suitors. His first carry came on a crucial fourth and one play that resulted in Turner rumbling ahead for a 17 yard pickup. He later muscled in a touchdown from six yards out while filling in for a winded LaDainian Tomlinson (who had just gained 58 yards on a screen pass). And Turner was again adequate on kick returns, though he slipped on his final return of the game when it appeared he had a decent sized seam to run through.
2005 Week 2 vs DEN (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was used on one play early in the game to spell Tomlinson, gaining six yards.
2005 Week 3 vs NYG (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Most of Turner's work came in garbage time, once the outcome of the game was settled late in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 4 vs NE (11 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner turned quite a few heads with his performance in this game. His carries weren't simply "garbage time" rushes, either. He was in there during crunch time as well, and performed extremely well. He took the handoff and simply ran over the Patriots on his way upfield. It was in these instances when the loss of Rodney Harrison for New England was especially felt. On one run in particular, Turner ran over Harrison's replacement, Guss Scott, en route to an 18 yard run. This type of physicality really helped set the tone for the second half. Most importantly, Tomlinson owners got a glimpse of how Turner would do in the event that Tomlinson were to miss any time. While he's clearly no Tomlinson, Turner showed he could hold his own when given a shot. It is unlikely that anyone in any league was starting Turner, but it should be noted that late in the game with San Diego running out the clock, Turner received two carries from inside the five yard line and was stuffed each time. Turner had a 44 yard touchdown run late in the game negated due to a San Diego penalty.
2005 Week 6 vs OAK (7 / 50 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner once again got a decent sample of carries, and again responded with an excellent effort. In this game, Turner's strong running skills were once again on display and he pounded the Raiders for over seven yards per carry. Most impressive for Turner was a run on which he pounded past several Raider defenders. The announcer yelled out "Wow!", thinking it was Tomlinson again busting through for a big gain when in reality it was Turner. You know you're having a great game when people are mistaking your running for that of LaDainian Tomlinson. Watching him run, he appears to have terrific balance. He almost never is tackled on the first hit, and the team doesn't seem to miss a beat when he comes in to run. Turner was in briefly to spell Tomlinson on one occasion and managed to get the ball to the three yard line, but couldn't punch it in. Three plays later, Tomlinson threw his touchdown pass to Peelle. Turner gained one yard on a play that was called back due to a penalty. Turner had lost one yard on a run, but Antonio Gates was called for holding, so that yard was tacked back onto Turner's totals.
2005 Week 11 vs BUF (8 / 48 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner took over for Tomlinson early in the fourth quarter and responded with huge stats in limited time. He carried the ball eight times during "garbage time", meaning he was simply running out the clock and the Bills knew he was getting the ball. Turner, however, ran through, over, and around Bills' defenders even when they knew he was coming. He is a very tough load to bring down, evidenced by his eight yard touchdown run to close out the scoring. He dragged several defenders a good ways and seemed as if he refused to be tackled. Obviously, Tomlinson owners don't want to think about worst-case scenarios, but if one has the roster space, it might be a good idea to ensure having Turner on your roster. He's no Tomlinson, but he has gotten the job done in his limited duty thus far.
2005 Week 13 vs OAK (7 / 34 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner came into the game with about two minutes left in the first half after Tomlinson was forced to the sideline from an awkward tackle. Shortly after, he scored his second touchdown of the year on a two yard run, which put the Chargers up by a touchdown at halftime. Turner continued to make the best of his chances in the second half with a 14 yard run in a drive which led to a touchdown.
2005 Week 15 vs IND (8 / 113 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Turner was the hero of the game for the Chargers, filling in more than admirably for superstar LaDainian Tomlinson. Turner was having his typical solid game in spot duty, with seven carries for 30 yards late in the game as the Chargers tried running out the clock. Rather than run out the clock, Turner broke one loose up the right sideline for an 83 yard touchdown. It was one of the only outside runs by the Chargers, and THE only time San Diego ran to the right the entire game. We've been telling you for weeks that it would be wise for Tomlinson owners to handcuff him to Turner. We hope Tomlinson doesn't have to miss any time, and right now his status for next week is up in the air. But whether or not you are a Tomlinson owner, if you have the opportunity to add Turner we suggest you do so - either to use him for yourself, or to keep him away from an opponent.