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Week 6 Preview: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings

Previewing the match-up between the Atlanta Falcons visiting the Minnesota Vikings, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 6 PREVIEWS:
HOU @ TEN | BAL @ PHI | ATL @ MIN | CLE @ PIT | CIN @ IND | DET @ JAX | CHI @ CAR
WAS @ NYG | DEN @ NE | NYJ @ MIA | GB @ TB | LAR @ SF | KC @ BUF | ARZ @ DAL

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings
When: 10/18 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: Fox
Point Spread: Falcons +4
Over/Under: 53
Moneyline: Falcons +175 | Vikings -200

Falcons Key Injuries: Dante Fowler, DE, Ankle (Q), Grady Jarrett, DT, Back (Q), Keanu Neal, SS, Hamstring (Q), Foye Oluokun, LB, Knee (Q), Russell Gage, WR, Shoulder (Q), Hayden Hurst, TE, Back (Q), Julio Jones, WR, Hamstring (Q), Takkarist McKinley, DE, Groin (Q), Damontae Kazee, SS, Achilles (IR), Darqueze Dennard, DB, Hamstring (IR)
Vikings Key Injuries: Danielle Hunter, DE, Neck (IR), Pat Elflein, G, Thumb (Q), Dalvin Cook, RB, K.J. Osborn, WR, Hamstring (Q), Anthony Barr, OLB, Pectoral (IR)

NOTES: Quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns vs. two interceptions in last meeting. Aims for his third in row at Min. with 2+ touchdown passes. Has 90+ rating in four of his past five on road. Aims for his fourth in a row on road with 270+ pass yards. Running back Todd Gurley had 150 scrimmage yards (121 rush,. 29 receiving) and rush touchdown in Week 5. Fourth-fastest to reach 75 touchdowns (78 games) in NFL history. Has 18 games with 100+ rush yards, second-most in NFL since 2015. Has 321 scrimmage yards (107 per game) and three touchdowns (2 rush, 1 receiving) in three career games vs. Min. Aims for his fourth in row vs. Min. with a touchdown. Has 2+ touchdowns in three of his past four on road. Wide receiver Julio Jones had a receiving touchdown in last meeting. Has three receiving touchdowns in his past three vs. NFC North. Has 56 career games with 100+ receiving yards, fourth-most in NFL history. Leads NFL with 12,338 receiving yards since 2011. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley led team with eight catches for 136 yards last week. Leads NFL with four games of 100+ receiving yards this season. Had 64 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in last meeting. Has 100+ receiving yards and receiving touchdown in two of his past three on road. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had sack and forced fumble in last meeting. Has nine tackle for loss in his past nine and aims for his fifth in row on road with tackle for loss. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun led team with career-high 14 tackles and had tackle for loss last week, his fifth-career game with 10+ tackles. Linebacker Deion Jones had eight tackles last week. Aims for his sixth in row with 6+ tackles. Defensive end Charles Harris has sack in two of his past three. Safety Keanu Neal had seven tackles last week and aims for his fourth in row with 7+ tackles.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns vs. interceptions for 92.8 rating last week. Had pass touchdown and rush touchdowns in last meeting. Has 90+ rating in three of his four career starts vs. Atl. Aims for his third in a row at home with 250+ yards and 2+ touchdowns. Running back Dalvin Cook had 89 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 24 receiving) and a rush touchdown last week. Had 120 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 9 receiving) and two rush touchdown in last meeting. Has 1,750 scrimmage yards (109.4 per game) and 15 touchdowns (14 rush, 1 receiving) in 16 career home games. Aims for his ninth in a row at home with touchdown. Running back Alexander Mattison had career-high 136 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 24 receiving) in Week 5, his first-career 100-yard game. Wide receiver Adam Thielen had nine receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns last week. Ties for NFL-lead with six receiving touchdowns in 2020. Had received a touchdown in last meeting. Has six receiving touchdown in his past six at home. Aims for his third in a row at home and fourth in a row overall with touchdown catch. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson ranks second among rookies in receiving yards (371) and tied-third in receptions (19). Tight end Irv Smith had career-high 64 receiving yards last week. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had sack last week. Aims for his fifth in a row with sack. Linebacker Eric Kendricks led team with eight tackles last week. Had two pass deflections in last meeting. Linebacker Eric Wilson had second sack and second interception of season last week. Is only player in NFL with 2+ sacks and 2+ interceptions this season. Safety Anthony Harris had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in last meeting. Safety Harrison Smith led team with nine tackles and had two pass deflection in last meeting.

Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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