Thursday, December 15, 2011
Live from the Georgia Dome
By Pat Yasinskas
ATLANTA — I’m at the Georgia Dome, which is pretty close to empty, but that will change in a few hours.
I’ll be back with the inactives roughly 90 minutes before kickoff. But let’s get ready for the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars by taking a look at some numbers from ESPN Stats & Information.
- Since the arrival of coach Mike Smith in 2008, the Falcons have the best home record in the NFC. They’re 24-6 at the Georgia Dome. The New Orleans Saints have one less home win in that same span and that ties them for second in the NFC with the Green Bay Packers.
- Smith was the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars from 2003 until he took the Atlanta job.
- Atlanta receiver Julio Jones has four 100-yard games this season. That’s the most by a rookie since New Orleans’ Marques Colston had four such games in 2006. Anquan Boldin set the post-merger rookie record with five 100-yard games in 2003.
- Atlanta’s Michael Turner hasn’t had 100 rushing yards in any of the last three games. If Turner doesn’t reach 100 against the Jaguars, he’ll match a four-game streak from 2009 in which he didn’t reach the century mark.