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Atlanta Falcons at a glance 11.16. 14

Atlanta’s Devin Hester averaged 19.63 yards per punt return against the Carolina Panthers when he was with the Chicago Bears. This is his first season with the Falcons.
Atlanta’s Devin Hester averaged 19.63 yards per punt return against the Carolina Panthers when he was with the Chicago Bears. This is his first season with the Falcons. Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons

Coach: Mike Smith

Key Stats

9 Receivers who have caught at least one touchdown pass this season from Matt Ryan, who is on pace for his fourth consecutive 4,000-yard passing season.

19.63 Punt return average for Devin Hester in four games vs. Carolina, all as a member of the Bears. The Panthers allowed a 65-yard punt return for a TD to Darren Sproles last week.

43 Offensive plays of at least 20 yards for Atlanta, which trails only Denver and Dallas (44 each) and Indianapolis (52).

Starting Lineup

Offense

WR 84 Roddy White
LT 70 Jake Matthews
LG 63 Justin Blalock
C 62 James Stone
RG 75 Jon Asamoah
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder
TE 80 Levine Toilolo
WR 11 Julio Jones
QB 2 Matt Ryan
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco
RB 39 Steven Jackson

Defense

LDE 71 Kroy Biermann
LDT 99 Tyson Jackson
RDT 96 Paul Soliai
RDE 95 Jonathan Babineaux
LB 55 Paul Worrilow
LB 53 Prince Shembo
CB 23 Robert Alford
CB 27 Robert McClain
S 36 Kemal Ishmael
S 20 Dwight Lowery
CB 21 Desmond Trufant

Special Teams

K 3 Matt Bryant
P 5 Matt Bosher
KO 5 Matt Bosher
H 5 Matt Bosher
PR 17 Devin Hester
KOR 17 Devin Hester

Injuries

OUT: T Jonathan Scott (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Devin Hester (ankle), CB Josh Wilson (ankle). PROBABLE: G Justin Blalock (foot), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (foot).

Schedule/Results

Opponent Result/Time TV
September
7 New Orleans W 37-34 FOX
14 at Cincinnati L 10-24 CBS
18 Tampa Bay W 56-14 CBS/NFL
28 at Minnesota L 28-41 FOX
October
5 at N.Y. Giants L 20-30 FOX
12 Chicago L 13-27 FOX
19 Baltimore L 7-29 CBS
26 Detroit L 21-22 FOX
November
2 Bye
9 at Tampa Bay W 17-27 FOX
16 at Carolina 1 p.m. FOX
23 Cleveland 1 p.m. CBS
30 Arizona 4:05 p.m. FOX
December
8 at Green Bay 8:30 p.m. ESPN
14 Pittsburgh 1 p.m. CBS
21 at New Orleans 1 p.m. FOX
28 Carolina 1 p.m. FOX

NOTE: * Time subject to change.

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