Quick Start Leads To Falcons Success

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday Oct. 6, 2008
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith says
he likes how his team has excelled when it starts a game quickly.
The Falcons have outscored opponents 45-0 in the first quarter of
its three victories, including a 27-24 win at Green Bay on Sunday.

Smith wants the offense to keep in mind the importance of
converting third downs. Atlanta went 6-for-12 at Green Bay and
would have had two more if not for dropped passes.

The offense also converted two of three chances in the red zone
after going a combined 0-for-5 at Carolina and Tampa Bay.

Atlanta has two of the league's better playmakers. Running back
Michael Turner leads NFL rushers in net yards with 543, average
yards per game at 108.6 and touchdowns with (six). Wideout Roddy
White ranks third in yards receiving with 454 and fifth in average
yards per game at 90.8.

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