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Inside Slant

The Falcons’ receiving corps is starting to take shape.

Wide receiver Roddy White has done most of the heavy lifting with 62 catches and almost 1,000 yards.

Michael Jenkins has been steady on the other side, and Brian Finneran has chipped in. The Falcons were hoping to add some explosive plays from the slot from Laurent Robinson or Harry Douglas.

Douglas, a rookie from Louisville, is starting to step forward. Against the Carolina Panthers, Douglas had 188 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns.

He scored the first touchdown of his career on a 7-yard end around and scored another one on a 61-yard punt return.

In between collecting touchdown souvenir balls, with the Falcons clinging to a precarious three-point lead, Douglas turned a third-and-11 reception into a 69-yard gain that moved Atlanta to the Carolina 6-yard line. That set up a fourth-and-goal touchdown by Michael Turner for a 10-point lead that defined the Falcons’ 45-28 win.

Douglas wanted to atone for the dropped passes he had against Carolina earlier in the season.

The drops were fresh on his mind Sunday. He’d watched film of that game on Sunday morning.

“The first game we had at Carolina was probably the worst game I’ve had in my career ever, playing,” said Douglas, a third-round draft pick. “I watched a couple plays in that game, saw how poorly I played. I wanted to come out here today and show everybody what I can do.

“(We were) watching film of third downs, those two came up. That put a reminder in my head: Go hard every play. Expect the ball.”

Look for Douglas to get more action. Douglas had a career six touches - two runs and four catches - and had 95 yards. In his fourth game since taking over for Adam Jennings at punt returner, Douglas amassed 93 yards.

His punt return touchdown was the 10th in team history and first since Allen Rossum’s 75-yarder against Kansas City in 2004.

Coach Mike Smith called it a “beautiful” return.

Here’s how Douglas described it.

“It was actually kicked over my head, so I had to go back and get it,” Douglas said. “I started going like 25 miles an hour to my left. I was going real slow to set my blocks up. Punt return team did a great job blocking.

“I wanted them to think I was going power to the outside, once I saw the crease inside, I cut it back up.”

Carolina’s punter Jason Baker had pushed Douglas out of bounds on an earlier 27-yard return, but Baker couldn’t touch Douglas on the touchdown return.

Notes, Quotes

• The Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 start, including 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Overall, the Falcons have outscored the opposition 88-24 in the first quarter.

The Falcons have led at the end of the first quarter in all of their victories, against Detroit (21-0), Kansas City (14-0), Green Bay (10-0), Chicago (6-0), Oakland (14-0), New Orleans (6-0) and now Carolina.

• Falcons wide receiver coach Terry Robiskie was in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday for Ohio State’s senior day. He son, Brian, is a wide receiver for the Buckeyes and caught a touchdown pass in the 42-7 romp over Michigan.

• Defensive tackle Grady Jackson’s appeal was heard by the league on Friday. Jackson’s representatives are not expecting to hear back from the league on his four-game suspension until after Dec. 1.

That would mean that Jackson would be available to play in Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Jackson is facing a four-game suspension from the league for an alleged violation of the steroid policy.

• The Falcons were 5 of 6 in the red zone against the Panthers, scoring one field goal and four touchdowns.

“We were trying to make a big emphasis on scoring when we get down to the red zone,” left guard Justin Blalock said. “Everybody did a really good job.”

Blalock pulled from left guard and escorted running back Michael Turner into the end zone on his second touchdown to make it 17-0.

Strategy And Personnel

PLAYER NOTES

• RB Michael Turner has 251 carries for 1,088 yards and 13 touchdowns. He needs two more touchdowns to set a new team single season record. Jamal Anderson had 14 rushing touchdowns during the 1998 NFC championship season.

• QB Matt Ryan completed his second-longest career pass play with a 69-yarder to Harry Douglas. Ryan completed 17 of 27 passes for 259 yards against Carolina and had a quarterback rating of 94.5.

• WR Roddy White has 62 catches for 973 yards and six touchdowns.

• WR Eric Weems, activated from the practice squad this week because of the hamstring injury to Laurent Robinson, was on the kickoff coverage unit and played from scrimmage. He caught a pass in the first quarter for a 4-yard gain.

• RB Jason Snelling caught a 27-yard pass against Carolina.

• DE Chauncey Davis had a career-high two-sack game against the Panthers. Davis has now registered six career sacks.

REPORT CARD VS. PANTHERS

Passing Offense: B—QB Matt Ryan was aided immensely by the running game being established first. He was able to get some easy completions off of early play-action and on some misdirection bootlegs. Fifteen of his 17 completions went to wide receivers. Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas all had four receptions. Brian Finneran and Eric Weems also had catches. Douglas, who had a big 69-yard gainer, was the leading receiver with 92 yards. Running back Jason Snelling is becoming a threat out of the backfield. He had a 27-yard gain. Ryan didn’t throw any touchdown passes for just the fourth time this season.

Rushing Offense: A—Michael Turner was hearing the whispers. He was starting to slow down because he was carrying the heavy load for the first time in his career. He’d only had one 100-yard game over the past five outings. He entered the season with 228 career carries over four seasons in a reserve role in San Diego. He tied that mark with his first carry against the Panthers and kept on rambling 23 more times. He finished with 117 yards and scored four touchdowns. Turner’s power runs up the middle helped to set up a touchdown by receiver Harry Douglas on an end around. Turner went over the 1,000 yard mark on the season and is on pace to rush for more than 1,500 yards. The Falcons’ offensive line concentrated on staying on their blocks longer in order to spring Turner to the second level more often.

Pass Defense: D—The unit got off to a good start, holding Carolina to three straight three-and-outs to open the game. On the first two series, the Panthers tried to pass on four of six plays after running for a team-record 264 yards just last week. While the Panthers were stumbling about, the Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 lead. But Jake Delhomme eventually got dialed in and starting throwing to wide receiver Steve Smith. The dynamic duo got the Panthers within three points, 24-21. The Falcons sat down cornerback RC Chris Houston, moved Domonique Foxworth over to Houston’s side and put Brent Grimes in at left cornerback. The safeties weren’t much help over the top on Smith, who finished with eight catches for 168 yards.

Rush Defense: C—The Falcons kept the talented Carolina duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart from running wild, but the Panthers still managed to average 5.2 yards per carry on 26 attempts. Williams had 19 rushes for 101 yards and Stewart had five carries for 15 yards. The real crime might have been letting QB Jake Delhomme score on a 12-yard scramble. The linebacking corps of Keith Brooking, Curtis Lofton and Michael Boley had one of their stronger outings with a combined 13 tackles. However, still too many plays are reaching the safeties as Erik Coleman and Lawyer Milloy combined for 12 tackles.

Special Teams: A—Just four games ago, the Falcons turned the punt returner job over to rookie Harry Douglas. He did it some at Louisville but never was the primary returner. He looked tentative at first, but against Carolina he came out of his shell. He had a 27-yard return in the first quarter and was ticked that punter Jason Baker forced him out of bounds. Later, he busted a 61-yarder and ran away from Baker, pointing at him - drawing a taunting penalty - as he scooted past and into the end zone. Jason Elam got to rest his left hip injury as he made his only field goal attempt. Punter Michael Koenen continued to get great hang time on his punts and average 43 yards on three punts.

Coaching: A-plus—The Falcons were supposed to fall back down a level against one of the elite teams of the NFC. But they came out and jumped on the Panthers and then wobbled a bit before making them tap out in an electrifying fourth quarter. The offense came out on fire, playing off its pre-determined script. By the time they went off-script they were up 17-0. The offense bogged down for four series before being jump-started by the no-huddle attack. Defensive line coach Ray Hamilton continues to rotate in as many as eight players. DE Chauncey Davis stepped up with two sacks. The coaches also didn’t sit tight when Carolina WR Steve Smith was ravaging the secondary. RC Chris Houston was benched, with Domonique Foxworth moved over to his side and Brent Grimes taking over at left cornerback. The staff thinks Houston lapses into soft play and is not as aggressive and physical as they’d like.

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Great post, great read, great team !

Man you just gotta love the picture in your mind of Harry Douglas sitting there Sunday morning of the game watching the replay of his last outing against the Panthers, and just totally focused on playing better. Then he comes out there and RIPS THE DOME WIDE OPEN !!!

Don't ya love the drama of the NFL?

Better than any soap opera out there :lol:

Wow I am having WAY too much fun this season. Let's keep this ball rolling rolling rolling along.

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The coaches also didn’t sit tight when Carolina WR Steve Smith was ravaging the secondary. RC Chris Houston was benched, with Domonique Foxworth moved over to his side and Brent Grimes taking over at left cornerback. The staff thinks Houston lapses into soft play and is not as aggressive and physical as they’d like.

Dam.n....didnt notice

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Great post, great read, great team !

Man you just gotta love the picture in your mind of Harry Douglas sitting there Sunday morning of the game watching the replay of his last outing against the Panthers, and just totally focused on playing better. Then he comes out there and RIPS THE DOME WIDE OPEN !!!

Don't ya love the drama of the NFL?

Better than any soap opera out there :lol:

Wow I am having WAY too much fun this season. Let's keep this ball rolling rolling rolling along.

nice read

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I did, Houston wasn't within ten yards I thought Coles had moved to CB :angry: Great Job Coach Smith sit there A$$ down if they want to give less than 100%

great read

So did I.

What I want to know is, how come the secondary coach doesn't teach Houston to look for the ball? Then again, maybe he does teach him and Houston doesn't listen or has a hard time breaking bad habits learned at Arkansas.

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I don't get why Houston is not as aggresive as his scouting reports said he would be. I was hoping he would show glimpses of Al Harris.. The scheme at Arkansas was to be aggresive with the WR and jam them at the line. I don't think Arkansas taught him bad habits.

I'm trying to give him the benefit of a doubt.

He has talent, but if its not bad habits then he's pretty darn lackadaisical when it comes to playing CB in the NFL.

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I don't get why Houston is not as aggresive as his scouting reports said he would be. I was hoping he would show glimpses of Al Harris.. The scheme at Arkansas was to be aggresive with the WR and jam them at the line. I don't think Arkansas taught him bad habits.

Chris Houston has fallen into the dark, lazy world of the NFL. The paychecks, the Atlanta Night-Life, the partying, the prestige, the fame... It happens to most of them. The downward spiral of the NFL Athlete. He may not be on this roster next season. He is following the path of Jimmy Williams, and countless others before him. We will be drafting a new CB early next off-season.

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Chris Houston has fallen into the dark, lazy world of the NFL. The paychecks, the Atlanta Night-Life, the partying, the prestige, the fame... It happens to most of them. The downward spiral of the NFL Athlete. He may not be on this roster next season. He is following the path of Jimmy Williams, and countless others before him. We will be drafting a new CB early next off-season.

Wow. Overstatement. We may be drafting one early next year, but he's no Jimmy Williams.

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