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2-1, 1st in NFC South
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Should we worry about Julio Jones?

Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Falcons wideout had 34 catches on 47 targets, 440 yards and four TDs at this point last season. This year, he has 10 catches on 20 targets for 188 yards and two TDs.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman did not practice today due to an illness. WR Julio Jones (calf) was limited, as was WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder), and WR Justin Hardy (shoulder). WR Taylor Gabriel (hamstring) had full participation.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons WR Julio Jones today on his health coming off calf injury and short week: "I feel really good. I feel good about the way I played in the game. I didn't have any setbacks. I'm not injured or anything like that."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Deion Jones joined Matt Ryan in earning an NFL honor. The second round draft pick from LSU was named the NFC's Defensive Rookie of the Month, punctuated by Jones' 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 45-32 win over his hometown New Orleans Saints. Ryan, who is tied for the league lead with a passer rating of 119.0, was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan's third career player of the month award is the most in Falcons history.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons Matt Ryan named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

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Panthers should respond against Falcons (0:19)
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FPI's game of the week: Panthers-Falcons

Not only does the battle in the Georgia Dome have the biggest playoff implications of any game this week, but its pregame matchup quality is Week 4's highest, per ESPN's Football Power Index. FPI game rater

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Julio Jones (calf) was limited for the Falcons during Wednesday's light practice along with RB Tevin Coleman (ankle), WR Taylor Gabriel (hamstring), and DE Brooks Reed (shoulder). QB Matt Ryan (thumb) had full participation. LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) did drills on a side field but didn't practice. WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder), LB Paul Worrilow (groin surgery), and DE Dwight Freeney (rest) all held out.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan on the play from the other night when he fell to the ground rather than try and block 300-pounder Nick Fairley: "Sometimes if you play enough plays, you're going to look stupid out there once in a while. And I did the other night."

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Falcons in a good spot, but work remains

The good news: Atlanta narrowly leads Carolina in playoff odds among NFC South teams, per Football Outsiders. The bad news: The Falcons have the league's toughest remaining schedule. Playoff odds (Insider)

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"We both got really good training at Boston College," Falcons QB Matt Ryan on himself and Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, his opponent on Sunday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Mohamed Sanu just an observer today coming off shoulder injury but expected to play vs. Panthers Sunday.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Light practice for Falcons coming off Monday night game, but Julio Jones participating

Falcons make big move up FPI rankings

After a win in New Orleans, Atlanta's Football Power Index rating is back in the positives. Likewise, the Falcons are moving up the board into the top half of the league. FPI rankings

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn said WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) will not participate in practice today but did go through walkthrough. LB DeVondre Campbell (ankle) will run on the side. WR Julio Jones will practice.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Favre on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Matt Ryan: "I think Matt is a heck of a quarterback. I think he's proven that. But it's no secret here -- and I'm sure he knows it, too -- he's got to go further in the postseason to get that off his back. But I think he's very capable." Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs.

ESPN Stats & Info

Sunday's game in Atlanta will be crucial

ESPN's Football Power Index currently gives the Panthers a 58 percent chance to win the NFC South. That would climb to 73 percent if they beat the Falcons on Sunday, but it would drop to 41 percent if the Falcons win.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons Devonta Freeman leading the league with an average of 6.3 yards per carry after last night's 152-yard performance on just 14 carries. Chargers Danny Woodhead, Browns Isaiah Crowell each averaging 6.1.

Team Stats

Passing Yards312.04th
Rushing Yards136.05th
Points For34.71st
Points Against30.328th

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