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ATLANTA (AP) rdinals seem to be pretty much on equal footing into what appears to be a dud of a game this week.Injuries have essentially ruined each team's season. The Falcons (4-9) have dropped five straight and have the NFL's worst rushing offense. The Cardinals (3-10) have lost four of five with the league's second-worst rushing attack. They rank last in scoring and passing.The Falcons entered Week 1 as a Super Bowl contender after winning the NFC title in 2016 and advancing to the divisional round last year Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , but they lost three starters on defense and three on offense. Atlanta hasn't been the same since. That's nothing compared to Arizona's injured list. The Cardinals lost defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, a first-round pick in 2016, to knee surgery this week and have placed 16 players on season-ending injured reserve. Six of them were offensive linemen."Injuries and all this stuff happen all the time," Arizona rookie quarterback Josh Rosen said."It's just that the degree happens to be a little bit more here this particular year. Throughout your football life, you're always faced with adversity in different forms and fashions. It just happens to be a little bit more. I've got to buck up and get ready just a little bit more."A few things to know about Sunday's game:JULIO JONES vs. PATRICK PETERSONTwo of the best are expected to face off when Falcons receiver Julio Jones, the only player in league history with at least 1,400 yards receiving in five consecutive seasons, faces Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson."You're talking about two of the best at their position," Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. "Who knows? Two guys that could be future Hall of Famers. It's going to be a great contest. I know Patrick is excited about the — I don't want to call it a challenge — but the opportunity to be able to cover Julio."Arizona's defense, Peterson included, has enjoyed some good days with 11 interceptions in its past four games against Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Only Carolina, Tampa Bay and New Orleans have more, and they are in the same division as Atlanta.Jones missed some time this week after getting sent home with flu-like symptoms, but is likely to play.LOPSIDED MATCHUP?The difference Rosen and Ryan is substantial.Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP Brett Favre Jersey 2019 , is an 11-year veteran with a 99-72 record. He has the NFL's leading wideout in Jones, and if he's covered tightly, Ryan has the option of looking to first-round pick Calvin Ridley, seven-year veteran Mohamed Sanu or tight end Austin Hooper.Rosen, the 10th overall draft pick, has a 62.8 rating to rank 32nd among eligible passers. He has yet to top 2,000 yards and has three victories.Rosen's star receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is one of only two players in history with at least 16,000 yards receiving, but had just one catch entering the fourth quarter of last week's sluggish home loss to Detroit. That's mostly because the Cardinals had recently lost Christian Kirk, their second-leading receiver, to a broken foot, and Fitzgerald was easier to contain.Atlanta ranks fourth in passing, but Ryan has been under duress all season and is on pace to finish with a career-high 46 sacks.BALL SECURITYFalcons coach Dan Quinn bemoans his team's minus-4 turnover margin. Atlanta has nine interceptions Black Brett Favre Jersey , five by second-year safety Damontae Kazee. Arizona is worse with a turnover margin that ranks 29th, but Quinn isn't concerned with opponents.It's been an ongoing, unpleasant topic all season for a defense that has recovered just two fumbles."Defensively there will be 10 to 12 plays (per game)," Quinn said. "Did you take the shot? Did you make the interception? Did you cause the fumble on the sack?"Offensively there will be the same. Did you take care of it in traffic? Did you go get the contested catch? It's during those moments that I want to make sure that's the strongest indicator of where our focus is. Make sure we're thinking about the football in all cases."KEEP IT CLEANNothing irritates Ryan more than penalties. The Falcons aren't among the league's worst offenders, but they've made a habit of untimely gaffes. That was the case last week at Green Bay."What's important is how you respond to it, and we didn't do a good enough job of responding in those situations," Ryan said. "They're tough to overcome. Penalties, particularly when you're on the road, it's more difficult to overcome those things and keep drives going. So percentage-wise when we get our chances and create those plays, we've got to keep them. We have to keep the ball where it is."GEORGIA BLUESThe Cardinals were to leave Friday to get a day to adjust to the time difference. They could use whatever edge that can muster. Atlanta has not been friendly as Arizona has lost eight straight in the Peach State since its most recent win in 1993. ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have cleared out of their practice facility and given the keys to the Los Angeles Rams for the week.The Falcons are determined to be good hosts to the Rams, who are using the facility as their practice site for Sunday’s Super Bowl 53. The Falcons insist they’d have been just as hospitable if it were their bitter rival New Orleans Saints using their locker room, meeting rooms and practice field for the week.As part of Atlanta’s winning bid for this Super Bowl, the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, north of Atlanta Steve Bartkowski Jersey 2019 , is home to the Rams, who beat the Saints for the NFC championship. The AFC champion New England Patriots are practicing at Georgia Tech’s facility this week.Each practice site has an indoor facility, which will be important with possible winter weather arriving on Tuesday.The obvious dream of Falcons owner Arthur Blank was to have his team play in Atlanta’s Super Bowl in the second year of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Instead, the Patriots — who beat the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 — are back, while the Rams look to repeat their win in the last Atlanta Super Bowl in 2000, when they represented St. Louis.Spencer Treadwell, Falcons vice president of operations and facilities, said work began to prepare the Flowery Branch facility long before it was known which team would move in.In the case of the Rams, who were making the cross-country flight, Treadwell said communication was especially important. The Falcons made sure the Rams knew what equipment would be available to be borrowed for the week.The locker room and meetings rooms were cleaned out for the Rams. Private offices, which won’t be used, are locked.“We’ve been meeting as a staff for several weeks just to make sure we’re buttoned up,” Treadwell said. “Obviously, we know they’re going to try to make this the Rams’ facility for the week, so we’re going to do what we can to assist and accommodate that and support them in a great week of preparation.”Treadwell said the same Southern hospitality would have been offered to the Saints — even though the mere mention of the division rivals moving into the Falcons’ facility left Atlanta coach Dan Quinn grim-faced last month.“I guess I’m most disappointed we won’t be the ones playing and practicing at our site Black Steve Bartkowski Jersey ,” Quinn said on Dec. 20.Similarly, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was certainly happy to have the Rams headed to town. She recently said she was looking forward to a game that featured “anybody other than the Saints.”“I know there’s going to be a bounty on my head for saying that,” she said in an interview with These Urban Times. “But, if it can’t be the Falcons, then hey, as long as it’s not the Saints then I am happy.”At a news conference to discuss Super Bowl preparations, Bottoms said she was just joking about the Saints.Treadwell said it is more important to represent Atlanta well in this Super Bowl than to be influenced by the Falcons’ long rivalry with the Saints.“Obviously, we were going to be gracious hosts to whoever came and we were going to do the best we could to support their efforts in preparing for the biggest game of their lives,” Treadwell said. “At that point we have a job to do and we have to remain professional. We’re part of the host committee.“If you look at it, we want the city to look good for this game and we want our participants to have a good experience when they come here. If it were the Saints we’d have done the same things we’ve done for the Rams and treat them as best as we possibly could.”

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