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.