Preview: Atlanta at Los Angeles

When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

The Atlanta Falcons have had their chances to take control of the NFC South race, and with all four remaining games against teams with losing records, another opportunity lies ahead. The Falcons hope to bolster their division title hopes when they travel to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. 

Atlanta let one get away in a 29-28 loss to Kansas City last week, slipping into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay at 7-5. Although the Falcons have a favorable schedule down the stretch, their final two games are against division rivals, which could loom large in the case of a tie. “You wouldn’t expect it any other way,” Atlanta coach Dan Quinn told reporters. “This league, we battle. But knowing that we control what we can – that’s a way better feeling than, ‘If this happens, then this happens.’ So we’ll take that on ourselves." The Rams have lost three straight to fade from the playoff picture and are coming off a 26-10 defeat at New England last week in which they were outgained 402-162. 

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Falcons -6.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE FALCONS (7-5): Atlanta has the league’s top scoring offense, as quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones are having huge years. Ryan ranks second in the league in passing (3,813 yards) and third in touchdown tosses (27) while Jones leads the league in receiving yards (1,253). The Falcons also have the league’s worst pass defense, though, and have been terrible in the red zone - allowing touchdowns on 76.2 percent of drives inside the 20.

ABOUT THE RAMS (4-8): Los Angeles’ offense ranks last in the league, and things have not improved since No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff took over at quarterback. After putting up respectable numbers in a loss to New Orleans two weeks ago, Goff went 14-of-32 for just 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions against the Patriots. The defense that carried the Rams early in the season has been exposed in the last two games, allowing a season-high 555 yards versus the Saints before giving up 402 last week.


1. Ryan has averaged 308.2 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in his last six road games.

2. Los Angeles DE Robert Quinn has recorded a sack in five straight home contests. 

3. Atlanta LB Vic Beasley leads the NFC and ranks second in the league with 10 1/2 sacks while Los Angeles has allowed 31 - including seven in its last two games.

PREDICTION: Falcons 27, Rams 16

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Atlanta 7-5 L1 32.2 27.6 3-3 4-2 3-1 4-4 0-1 3-1 5-3
Los Angeles 4-8 L3 15.0 21.8 1-3 3-4 3-4 1-4 0-0 2-1 3-5

Last Meeting

Atlanta Los Angeles
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/15/13 LA 24 ATL 31 393 36 357 421 69 352

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ATL M. Ryan 76.7 374 2 0
LA S. Bradford 58.2 352 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ATL J. Snelling 2 19 9.5 1
LA D. Richardson 10 35 3.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ATL J. Jones 11 182 16.5 1
LA C. Givens 5 105 21.0 0
TDs Player TD
ATL S. Jackson 1
LA T. Austin 2
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ATL M. Ryan 68.6 3813 27 7
LA C. Keenum 61.0 2169 9 11
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ATL D. Freeman 176 785 4.5 7
LA T. Gurley 211 679 3.2 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ATL J. Jones 72 1253 17.4 5
LA K. Britt 56 855 15.3 5
TDs Player TD
ATL D. Freeman 9
LA K. Britt 5

Quickchart Matchup

Atlanta Off vs  Los Angeles Def
412 yards
345 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
8.8 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt
Los Angeles Off vs  Atlanta Def
284 yards
381.7 yards
3.3 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
6 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Atlanta Overall Los Angeles
7-5 W/L 4-8
7-5-0 ATS 4-7-1
10-2-0 O/U 4-8-0
32.2 Pts For 15.0
27.6 Pts Against 21.8
Atlanta A/H Los Angeles
4-2 W/L 1-3
5-1-0 ATS 1-2-1
4-2-0 O/U 1-3-0
30.8 Pts For 12.0
25.7 Pts Against 15.0