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Game Plan: The Falcons have sprinkled in their no-huddle offense throughout the season. Considering their relative success, they might want to use it on more than one or two drives a game.

The Falcons unveiled their no-huddle in the fourth game of the year against Carolina. The Falcons were able to drive down for a field goal.

Their no-huddle attack is designed more to pick up the tempo and force defenses to stay on the field with a certain personnel package.

Rookie QB Matt Ryan comes to the line of scrimmage with 11 plays. He has to read the defensive alignment and then call the play. The Falcons usually are settled in to the play by the 10-second mark on the play clock.

Against Green Bay, the Falcons broke out the no-huddle offense on their fourth possession of the game and scored a touchdown in five plays.

Against Oakland, the Falcons opened the game in the no-huddle on their first two possessions and scored touchdowns on both drives.

In all, The Falcons have used the no-huddle on 11 offensive possessions and have scored 24 points.

Matchups To Watch: Panthers CB Chris Gamble vs. Falcons WR Roddy White—White is coming off of his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season. He’s third in the league with 903 receiving yards and seventh in catches with 58. He’s a legitimate deep threat (15.6 yards per catch) and will be looking to come back from a tough week, which included a costly drop on a difficult ball. Gamble is quickly developing into a top-flight cover man just in time for his dip into free agency.

Panthers LT Todd Weiner vs. Falcons RE Julius Peppers: Weiner and Peppers have each switched sides on their respective lines. Peppers has fared well against Weiner in the past, when he was at left end and Weiner was at right tackle. Rookie LT Sam Baker, with a lot of help, had a good showing against Peppers in the first matchup but will not play this week because of his back injury. The Panthers want to generate some pressure on QB Matt Ryan and need to have a good game from Peppers, who has nine sacks and a league-high five forced fumbles.

Falcons MLB Curtis Lofton vs. Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart: Atlanta’s rookie in the middle has played well, but Stewart looked like he caught a spark last week after struggling through a slump and an injured heel. If the Panthers can run inside, it’ll open things up on the edges, and that’s what they need to make their offense two-dimensional again. Lofton is coming off one of his worst games this season. The Broncos were able to run up the middle with some authority, and he wasn’t able to get off blocks and fill his gaps. He’ll try to bounce back against the Panthers.

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Panthers LT Todd Weiner vs. Falcons RE Julius Peppers: Weiner and Peppers have each switched sides on their respective lines. Peppers has fared well against Weiner in the past, when he was at left end and Weiner was at right tackle. Rookie LT Sam Baker, with a lot of help, had a good showing against Peppers in the first matchup but will not play this week because of his back injury. The Panthers want to generate some pressure on QB Matt Ryan and need to have a good game from Peppers, who has nine sacks and a league-high five forced fumbles.

baker didnt even play against j.pep the first time. he had the concussion! who wrote this article? :lol:

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