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Four-pronged Falcons running game will give Ravens a challenge Sunday
Four-pronged Falcons running game will give Ravens a challenge Sunday

Most of the attention on the Atlanta Falcons’ third-ranked offense is focused on quarterback Matt Ryan and his top three receivers, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. But the Ravens defense has spent plenty of time this week game-planning for the Falcons running game. Atlanta leans on four different backs, a group that includes veteran starter Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and rookie Devonta Freeman. Jackson is the workhorse, with 69 carries, but Freeman and Rodgers have 21 and 20 carries, respectively, while Smith has five touchdowns, including three receiving scores. “They’ve got four running backs that can start for anybody in the...

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