Chiefs' opportunistic defence to test high-scoring Falcons
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ATLANTA — The Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons have found different ways to win despite ranking near the bottom of the league in yards allowed.
Those winning formulas will be tested when the two teams currently on pace for the playoffs meet Sunday.
The Chiefs (8-3) rank 28th in total
"You could argue that they're the best in the league right now," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid of the Atlanta
Bolstered by the return of running back Tevin Coleman from a hamstring injury and the continued emergence of speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel, the Falcons'
Matt Ryan completed passes to eight players and Gabriel scored on screen plays of 25 and 35 yards. Gabriel has scored in four straight games.
"They just go and run their
The Chiefs are 7-0 when winning the turnover battle this season. The 24 takeaways have led to 72 points.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who frequently emphasizes takeaways with his mantra of "It's about the ball," appreciates the Chiefs' success.
"Plus-14 on the year, that's a hell of a year," Quinn said Thursday, adding the turnover battle "is going to be a real factor in the game."
It's an important game to the teams' playoff hopes. The Falcons lead the NFC South, only one game ahead of Tampa Bay. The Chiefs are one game behind AFC West leader Oakland.
Here are some more things to watch Sunday:
WHAT A RUSH: Justin Houston's second game back from
It will be the team's third game without top cornerback Desmond Trufant, placed on injured reserve this week with a torn pectoral muscle. The
TYREEK THE FREAK: Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill scored touchdowns through the air, on the ground and on a free kick return against the Broncos, earning him offensive player of the week
TAKE IT AWAY: The Chiefs' big-play
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The Falcons are on pace to easily surpass their record 442 points scored in their 1998 Super Bowl season. The
AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.
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