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By Times Staff Writer
Published January 2, 2005
ROAD WORRIERS: Winning the division and hosting a playoff game is a goal of all teams, particularly the Falcons. Atlanta is 4-3 on the road but has been outscored 176-126, including back-to-back losses at Tampa Bay and New Orleans.
SCORE: It is said that defense wins championships, but the league's fascination with offense isn't waning. Three teams average at least 400 yards of offense: the Colts (418.3), Chiefs (416.8) and Vikings (401.3). Only once in league history have two teams been that prolific: the Rams (442.2) and Broncos (409.6) in 2000.
AND SCORE SOME MORE: As yardage has increased, so have touchdowns. There are 20 players with at least 10 touchdowns, four shy of the record of 24 set in 1985 and matched in 1995. Twelve players have nine, seven have eight.
NOW THAT'S A TURNAROUND: Today's game in Seattle means nothing for Atlanta in the standings but it does have significance to first-year coach Jim Mora. A win gives the Falcons a seven-game turnaround, tied for fourth best in NFL history behind Al Davis (nine) in 1963 with the Raiders and Ted Marchibroda (eight) with the Colts and Bill Parcells (eight) with the Jets in 1992.
Compiled by Times staff writer Roger Mills using information from other news organizations.