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Old 09-08-2010, 06:52 PM   #1
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Turner to test Steelers' run defense
September 8th, 2010

Don’t expect the Falcons to air it out Sunday at Heinz Field, and not just because Atlanta coach Mike Smith subscribes to the philosophy that success is directly proportional to a team’s ability to run the ball and stop the run. (To bad we can't hire Mike Smith as our OC, - mesa)

Falcons running back Michael Turner appears poised to return to his 2008 form when he rushed for 1,699 yards and a team-record 17 touchdowns in his first season as an NFL starter.

A high ankle sprain limited Turner to 11 games and 871 rushing yards last season but Smith said the 5-10, 244-pounder is both healthy and hungry.

“He looks leaner. He is lighter than what he started the season at last year. He has worked extremely hard during the offseason, been in the building basically almost every day,” Smith said Wednesday during a conference call. “I know Michael is such a passionate guy about playing the game. He doesn’t want to be known as a guy that was a one-year flash.”

Turner rushed for the second most yards in an NFL season opener two years ago when he gashed the Lions for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Yards won’t come nearly as easily against the Steelers, who are going to force third-year quarterback Matt Ryan to beat them.

But a rejuvenated Turner versus a proud defense that will play a little angry after giving up five fourth quarter leads last season may be the best game within the game Sunday.
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who cares what his done
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:35 PM   #3
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im sure he'll see a lot of aaron smith in his face
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Default Re: Turner to test Steelers' run defense

They will have to at least try and stick with the run unless we manage to start blowing them out. Should be a good matchup but I think we'll win the battle against their running game, we've stopped better attacks than Turner before.
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Im not worried about the run.
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Default Re: Turner to test Steelers' run defense

anyone getting sick of that stupid fantasy commercial with the guy pestering the other guy about how great Turner was in week 1
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You guys dont give Turner much credit at all. He is a very good back, just hope he has a bad day against us. Not to mention Ryan is a damn good qb aswell..
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We'll see if all those extra cheezeburgers makes Timmons stouter at the LOS.

He still runs like a deer.
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im sure he'll see a lot of aaron smith in his face
Yep, the ultimate run stuffer.

Love Aaron, just pray he has an injury free season.
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Cool Re: Turner to test Steelers' run defense

I am confident Turner is going to have a great year.

I am not so confident it will begin in Week 1.

Personally, I expect no more than 80 yards and 1 TD. Certainly a good game, but not great. Remember, folks: Our house. Our field. Our D.

Arizona should be more worried about Turner than Pittsburgh.

Is it Sunday yet?
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