Rams-Falcons Capsule

AP - Sports

ST. LOUIS (1-0) at ATLANTA (0-1)

1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 0-1; Atlanta 0-1

SERIES RECORD - Rams lead 47-27-2

LAST MEETING - Falcons won 34-17 on Nov. 21, 2010

LAST WEEK - Rams beat Cardinals 27-24; Falcons lost to Saints 23-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 16, Falcons No. 8

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (23), PASS (12)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (17), PASS (23)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (14), PASS (13)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25) RUSH (14), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons RB Steven Jackson spent first nine seasons with Rams, rushing for 10,135 yards, scoring 56 touchdowns and making three trips to Pro Bowl. ... Rams DE Robert Quinn matched career high with three sacks in Week 1. ... St. Louis rallied for 14 points in fourth quarter to beat Cardinals, first season-opening victory for Rams since 2006. ... This is only second time since '06 St. Louis has been above .500. Last season, Rams were 3-2 before losing four of next five en route to 7-8-1 finish. ... Going back to last season, Rams have not allowed sack in three straight games, first time that's happened since 1973. ... TE Jared Cook had quite a debut for Rams, making seven catches for tight end franchise-record 141 yards and two touchdowns. Previous record was 126 yards by Pete Holohan in 1988. ... Rams RB Isaiah Pead is back after serving one-game suspension. ... Atlanta hasn't lost two games in row since 2009, when it happened three times. In fact, those are only losing streaks of Mike Smith's coaching career, which is in sixth season. Under Smith, Falcons are 20-3 following losses, including current stretch of 12 straight victories. ... Falcons offensive line has only two starters in same positions as last season: LT Sam Baker and LG Justin Blalock. ... Falcons WR Roddy White has played in 129 consecutive games, tied with Bob Whitfield for fourth-longest streak in franchise history. ... Falcons are 33-7 at Georgia Dome since start of 2008 season. Only New England (34-6) has better home record during that span. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez leads all active players in career yards receiving (14,304), while Jackson is top active rusher (10,215). It's first time one team has both since 1941 Packers with Clarke Hinkle (3,467 yards rushing) and Don Hutson (3,566 yards receiving).

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