Quick Take: Falcons 38, Chiefs 14

September, 21, 2008
9/21/08
7:13
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

There's been plenty of talk about Matt Ryan and Michael Turner. The rookie quarterback and the free-agent running back are a big part of the reason the Atlanta Falcons are 2-1.

The Falcons are building with youth, but there's one old guy who has been a huge part of the team's fast start. That's defensive end John Abraham. As much as Turner deserves credit for keeping pressure off Ryan by running well, Abraham, 30, deserves credit for giving Ryan the upper hand in a battle of young quarterbacks.

Abraham was all over Kansas City's Tyler Thigpen, who was making his first career start. Thigpen started the game by completing only one of his first 10 passes. He finished with only 128 passing yards and three interceptions.

Abraham was a big part of the reason for Thigpen's struggles. He had two sacks and forced a fumble. That gives him six sacks for the season. Let's see, that puts Abraham on pace for 32 sacks.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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