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Patriots-Falcons Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-09-26 13:41

NEW ENGLAND (3-0) at ATLANTA (1-2)

8:30 p.m. EDT, NBC

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 1-2, Atlanta 1-2

SERIES RECORD - Tied 6-6

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Falcons 26-10, Sept. 27, 2009

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Buccaneers 23-3; Falcons lost to Dolphins 27-23

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 5, Falcons No. 16

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (12), PASS (22)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8T), RUSH (24), PASS (6)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (22), PASS (7)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (5), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots 3-0 for first time in six years, but this is toughest test so far. They knocked off Bills and Jets, teams with rookie quarterbacks, and struggling Bucs last week. ... New England has allowed 34 points, its fewest through three games since 1979, and seven came on fumble return. Opposing offenses have scored just three touchdowns. ... Patriots have NFL's worst success rate in red zone (30.8 percent, with just four touchdowns off 13 possessions inside 20-yard line. ... Patriots CB Aqib Talib has three interceptions. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan ranks third with 68.1 completion percentage, is among top 10 in touchdowns (six), yards (909) and rating (100.4). ... Falcons haven't had consecutive losses since 2009 season. Since then, Atlanta has won 14 straight coming off losses. ... Falcons have 34-7 mark at Georgia Dome during regular season since Mike Smith took over as coach in 2008. ... Falcons have been outscored 48-24 in second half, squandering leads at both New Orleans and Miami. ... Atlanta WR Roddy White, bothered since preseason by high ankle sprain, has just seven catches for 56 yards and has yet to score touchdown. ... Falcons WR Julio Jones has more than twice as many yards receiving as anyone on team, with 27 catches for 373 yards. Next on the list is Harry Douglas, with 145 yards receiving.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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