Turner helping Atlanta forget the past
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