Turner help­ing At­lanta for­get the past

The Covington News - - Sports -

What do Michael Turner, Matt Ryan and Mike Smith all have in com­mon? They all could care less about the tu­mul­tuous Fal­cons’ past and each one of them wants to be in At­lanta.

More to the point, as a first year fea­ture ru­in­ing back, Turner is mak­ing the best of his op­por­tu­nity and White is slowly emerg­ing as a threat de­fenses will have to plan for.

Turner came to the Fal­cons this year af­ter spending four years as LaDa­nian Tom­lin­son’s backup at Sand Diego.

Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with 220 yards and two touch­downs against the Detroit Lions at the home, Turner strug­gled against Tampa Bay last week. He re­bounded Sun­day as he ran for 104 yards on 23 car­ries while find­ing the end zone three times.

With five touch­downs, Turner is tied for the NFL lead with Dal­las’ Mar­ion Bar­ber. Over­all, At­lanta’s new run­ning back leads the league in rush­ing with 366 yards and is av­er­ag­ing a league best 6.2 yards per carry for run­ning backs with at least 30 car­ries.

Against Kansas City, the Fal­cons stayed com­mit­ted to the run even af­ter they failed to con­vert a first down on their first three pos­ses­sions.

“I saw our of­fense again be able to

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