NFC South-leading Falcons facing tough test against Chiefs
KANSAS CITY (8-3) at ATLANTA (7-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE – Atlanta by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Kansas City 5-6, Atlanta 7-4
SERIES RECORD – Chiefs lead 5-3
LAST MEETING – Falcons beat Chiefs 40-24, Sept. 9, 2012
LAST WEEK – Chiefs beat Broncos 30-27, OT; Falcons beat Cardinals 38-19
AP PRO32 RANKING – Chiefs No. 4, Falcons No. 8
CHIEFS OFFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (23), PASS (23).
CHIEFS DEFENSE – OVERALL (28), RUSH (29), PASS (20).
FALCONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (15), PASS (3).
FALCONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (10), PASS (32).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Chiefs rookie WR Tyreek Hill last week became first player since Gale Sayers in 1965 to score on kickoff return, run and catch in game. … RB Spencer Ware ranks fifth in NFL with 107.7 scrimmage yards per game. … Travis Kelce third among NFL tight ends with 57 catches, 675 yards receiving, has 100-plus yards in two straight games. … LB Justin Houston, from Statesboro, Georgia and University of Georgia, third in NFL with 53 1/2 sacks since 2012, including three sacks last week. Houston also had 10 tackles and forced fumble against Broncos in best game since layoff recovering from knee problems. … WR Jeremy Maclin has 446 yards, four TDs in four career games against Atlanta. … Falcons on pace to set franchise record with NFL-best average 32.5 points per game. … QB Matt Ryan last week became first NFL player to pass for at least 200 yards in 50 consecutive games. Ryan has 26 TD passes with only six interceptions. … WR Julio Jones leads NFL with 1,140 yards receiving. … LB Vic Beasley Jr. second in NFC with 9 1/2 sacks. Beasley has 6 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles, in last three games against AFC teams. … RB Devonta Freeman has four rushing TDs in last four home games. … S Keanu Neal leads NFL rookies with 72 tackles, four forced fumbles. … Falcons' defense allowed only two 100-yard rushers in last 27 games. … Fantasy Tip: Falcons undersized but super-quick WR Taylor Gabriel has TDs in four straight games, including first career two-TD game with 75 yards last week. Both TDs last week came on his runs after catching screen passes.
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