FAL­CONS

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Turner. "He gives us prob­lems."

The Bears had a fum­ble re­cov­ery and an in­ter­cep­tion in the win over the Lions and al­ready have 10 take­aways this sea­son. The Bears had four sacks in the game.

De­fense has not been At­lanta's strength. The Fal­cons have given up 21 or more points in four of their five games, but have re­lied on big plays from Turner, Nor­wood and re­ceiver Roddy White.

White had eight re­cep­tions for 132 yards and a touch­down — all in the first half — against Green Bay last week.

"They have two great run­ning backs," said Vasher, who is try­ing to re­turn from a wrist in­jury. "They have some ver­sa­tile threats, wide re­ceivers. They're a good foot­ball team."

Few dared to call the Fal­cons a good team be­fore the sea­son. New gen­eral man­ager Thomas Dim­itroff and coach Mike Smith cleaned house, cut­ting or trad­ing vet­er­ans like War­rick Dunn, Rod Cole­man, Joe Horn, Joey Har­ring­ton and DeAn­gelo Hall.

Ryan beat out Chris Red­man to land the start­ing job. He's passed for only four touch­downs in five games, but two came at Green Bay when the Pack­ers' de­fense fo­cused on stop­ping the run.

"He makes great reads with the ball and gets it out, has a very smooth de­liv­ery, and I think he is do­ing ev­ery­thing he can as a rookie quar­ter­back to help that team be suc­cess­ful," Vasher said.

Or­ton, who helped lead the Bears to a play­off spot as a rookie in 2005, said Ryan's early suc­cess shows he has re­lied on help from the run­ning game and the de­fense.

"I don't think a rookie can come in and do it on his own," Or­ton said. "I don't think any quar­ter­back can do it on his own. But if you've got good guys around you — good de­fense, a good run­ning team, which they do — that's the story for suc­cess whether you're in your first year or 10th year. That's what you need to have around you."

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