September 28, 2013

Falcons' Ryan has Patriots worried

With a premier QB and receiving corps, the Falcons can soar against any defensive secondary.

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Matt Ryan
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Matt Ryan is almost unbeatable at the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons host the Patriots Sunday.

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WHO: Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Sunday

TELEVISION: NBC

There are benefits to facing a prototypical pocket passer such as Ryan, though.

Kelly, for one, knows exactly where he will be most of the time, making the job of the defensive line a lot easier.

"You don't pretty much worry about those guys getting out of the pocket unless it's a desperate situation," Kelly said. "So, you can just get into your move and just know he's going to be five yards behind the center."

There's only one caveat.

"Just need him to hold it a little bit," Kelly said with a laugh.

THE FALCONS have listed cornerback Asante Samuel as questionable after adding him to the injury report with a sore thigh.

Samuel, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was limited in practice Friday for the first time this week. A similar thigh injury sidelined him at New Orleans three weeks ago.

Receivers Julio Jones (knee) and Roddy White (ankle) and left tackle Sam Baker (foot, knee) are questionable.

Jones leads the NFL with 373 yards receiving. His 27 catches are tied with New England's Julian Edelman for most in the league.

The Falcons said that running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) won't play.

The Patriots list tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) as questionable. Gronkowski has yet to play this season.

 

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