- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 7:
Magic number: It might be harder to accomplish than it sounds, but there’s a very simple formula for success for the Atlanta Falcons. In the three games they’ve won, the Falcons have scored at least 30 points. In the three games they’ve come up short of 30 points, they’re 0-3. One wise move for the Falcons might be to establish the ground game. Detroit has allowed 100 rushing yards in each of its last five games. Atlanta is 22-3 when Michael Turner rushes for at least 100 yards.
Lucky charm? The Carolina Panthers might be catching a huge break with Washington’s decision to bench quarterback Rex Grossman and replace him with John Beck. Grossman was having his problems, but there’s no real evidence to indicate that Beck will be the solution. Beck’s career record as a starter is 0-4. He hasn’t started a game since Week 14 of the 2007 season.
Pressure’s not the problem: Added pass-rushers haven’t really been a problem for Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. His numbers against the blitz have been better than when facing a standard defense. When facing four or fewer pass-rushers, Ryan has thrown five interceptions and been sacked 13 times, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The bad news is that the Lions blitz less than any team in the league. They’ve sent four or fewer pass-rushers on 83.3 percent of opponent dropbacks.
History in London? The last two meetings between the Buccaneers and Bears have gone to overtime. If that were to happen again Sunday, it would mark only the third time since overtime was instituted in 1974 that two teams have had three straight meetings go to overtime.
Going for five: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will be attempting to collect his fifth straight game with at least 350 passing yards. He would be breaking his own NFL record, which was set last week when his streak reached four games.