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Regrouping with the Run Game


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Despite getting two rushing touchdowns against the Broncos, the Falcons aren't pleased with the production of the run game.

Take away the 252-yard performance against the Raiders and the Falcons have averaged 79.75 yards per game over the last month. That's frustrating for a team that started the season with a franchise-record 318 rushing yards against the Lions.

"They had a number of eight- and nine-man fronts," Head Coach Mike Smith said of the Broncos defense. "When teams do that you have to block that eighth element. There were times we did that and times we did it."

Left tackle Todd Weiner said the offensive line knows there are improvements to be made. "We did feel like we hadn't progressed like we should have in the run game and, obviously, there's going to be some things we can do to correct that in the next game," he said.

Weiner, who has replaced an injured Sam Baker in the starting lineup, played the last time the Falcons played Carolina. The Panthers visit the Dome this weekend with a defense that has carried the team in recent weeks.

The Birds fell behind early the last times the teams played and finished with 118 rushing yards (no touchdowns).

"They're a good defense and a good team," Weiner said. "Obviously we'll have to come out and play our best game to compete with them."

Smith said he expects teams to load up near the line of scrimmage to stop the Falcons power run game, which still ranks second in the NFL. Fighting through a maze of defenders makes running the ball more difficult, but also increases the chances for big plays.

"We felt like we were real close to springing (Michael Turner) on a number of occasions (against Denver) but they did a nice job defending the run," Smith said. "People do not want us to be able to run the football. They're going to do everything they can to stop the run, make us one-dimensional and make us throw the football."

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"They had a number of eight- and nine-man fronts," Head Coach Mike Smith said of the Broncos defense. "When teams do that you have to block that eighth element. There were times we did that and times we did it."

?? :blink:

I'm sure it was supposed to be "times we did that and times we didn't".

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