Falcons Vs. Colts: Julio Jones Scores Twice As Atlanta Blows Out Indy

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Julio Jones Fantasy Recap: Atlanta Falcons Rookie Receiver Comes Up Big In Return

The Atlanta Falcons received a huge jolt of energy from rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he caught three passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons 31-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jones had missed several weeks with a hamstring strain but appears to be over it. He hauled in a 50-yard touchdown reception and followed that up with an 80-yard pass from Matt Ryan.

Although Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez are excellent weapons for Matt Ryan, Julio Jones brings another level of explosiveness to the Falcons offense. The Falcons even mixed him in on the rushing attack with some reverses that netted 33 yards.

The Falcons begin a three game homestand that features games against New Orleans, Tennessee and Minnesota. The Saints can give up some big passing totals on the road, so this could be a chance for another big game from Julio Jones. Roddy White will be in the mix plenty, but look for the Falcons to stretch the field a bit with Jones.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


NFL Scores Week 9, Falcons Vs. Colts: Atlanta Thumps Indy On The Road, 31-7

The Colts put up little fight against Atlanta in a 31-7 blowout in Week 9. But at least their chances at Andrew Luck got better.


Dallas Clark Injury: Leg Forces Colts TE Out Vs. Falcons

It's been a rough day for the Colts against the Falcons on Sunday. Atlanta is blowing out Indy -- which has not won a game this season -- and the the Colts also lost tight end Dallas Clark for the game. Clark left the game with a lower leg injury and will not return, according to the Associated Press.

Here's some more info from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter:

Some Jim Caldwell at 1/2 time from Colts PR -- On Dallas Clark being out. "We'll make some ajdustments."

The injury occurred in the second quarter while Clark was trying to make a catch. He had two receptions for 21 yards before leaving the game.

Clark has 26 catches for 266 yards on the season. He has caught two touchdown passes. He was questionable for Sunday's game with a knee injury.

For more on the Colts, head over to our SB Nation blog Stampede Blue.


Julio Jones Fantasy Stats: Explosive First Half For Falcons WR

Julio Jones had a BIG day for his fantasy football owners. The Falcons receiver put up some startling stats in the first half, catching two passes for 130 yards (!) and two touchdowns (!!!).

Matt Ryan completed just five of his first 14 passes, so he might want to consider looking toward Jones more in the second half. You might want to consider watching these Julio Jones touchdown videos from today. They're awesome.

Update: Jones only caught one pass for one yard in the second half.

Jones had 358 receiving yard on the season with 0 receiving touchdowns entering Week 9. Jones was averaging 72 yards receiving per game. 

Jones was ranked as the 23rd ranked wide receiver according to Yahoo! heading into his match up with the Indianapolis Colts who rank 22nd against the pass, giving up 259 passing yards per game.

For more on the Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones, visit SB Nation's Falcons blog The Falcoholic. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


VIDEO: Colts On The Board After Matt Ryan Interception

The Indianapolis Colts are on the board. Cornerback Jerraud Powers picked off Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at the six-yard line, taking the ball six yards to put the Colts on the board. Here is the video of the pick six.

That was Powers' first interception of the year, and only the fourth time the Colts have picked off an opposing quarterback. It cut into the Falcons' lead, making it 21-7 with the clock winding down on the first half of the game. 

For Matt Ryan, it was his ninth interception of the season, tying his total number from last season and starting a chorus of pundits wondering if the Falcons' quarterback wasn't regressing a little bit. Regression or not, Ryan is certainly having a rough season. That aside, it doesn't look they'll have much trouble with the Colts today. 

Ryan has completed just four of ten passes for 176 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 


VIDEO: Julio Jones Touchdown Catches Will Make You Believe

The Falcons gave up five (FIVE!) draft picks to move up and grab Julio Jones in the 2011 NFL Draft. That's a hefty sum for any one player, but when Jones performs like he has so far today, well, Atlanta doesn't seem *quite* as crazy.

Jones has been a home run threat against the Colts defense with two catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns so far on Sunday. His first touchdown went for 50 yards. The encore went for 80.

Words don't do these TDs justice. Here are some moving pictures:

This catch was originally ruled incomplete, but the Falcons challenged and the call was reversed.

On Jones' second TD catch, he just ran away from the whole Colts defense. Check it out:

So was Julio Jones worth it? Here's a smart take from SB Nation's Andy Hutchins:

I fully believe that Julio Jones was worth two first-round picks. Too bad the Falcons traded three other picks, too.

OK, fine. But those touchdowns ... Oh, those touchdowns.

For more on the Falcons, check out our blog The Falconoholic.


Joseph Addai Status Update: Colts RB Expected To Play

Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai is expected to play against the Atlanta Falcons, despite missing practice on Friday. Some of the Colts beat writers believe Addai was simply given a day off on Friday to help expedite the process with his knee injury. Addai is officially listed a questionable on the report, but is expected to play.

If Addai plays, it's unlikely he'll do much on the stat sheet. The Colts offense has been dreadful much of the season and they's constantly playing in catch up mode. Addai is averaging just 43 rushing yards per game on the season so far and only has 11 receptions out of the backfield. If Addai can't go, expect Delone Carter and Donald Brown to split the touches out of the backfield.

For more on Jospeh Addai and the Indianapolis Colts, visit SB Nation's Colts blog Stampede Blue. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Julio Jones Injury Update: Falcons WR Expected To Start

The Atlanta Falcons will have wide receiver Julio Jones for their game against the Indianapolis Colts. Jones was limited in practice for most of the week, but went full on Friday. He's officially listed on the injury report as probable with a hamstring injury but is expected to start.

Getting Jones back in the line up opens up the Falcons passing game by drawing coverage away from Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. If Jones is on your roster he should be a sure start against a struggling Colts defense who can't seem who they want to start at cornerback. The Falcons should handle the Colts defense rather easily and it's a great game for Jones to pick up some easy receptions to get back into game shape.

For more on Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons, visit SB Nation's Falcons blog The Falcoholic. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Tony Gonzalez Probable With Back Injury

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is listed as "Probable" after appearing on the team's injury report with a back injury this week.

The future Hall of Famer missed Wednesday's practice, was limited on Thursday and practiced fully on Friday, putting him on target to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Gonzalez is second on the Falcons with 35 receptions for 380 yards with a team-high four touchdowns in seven games on the season. 

Gonzalez has been exceptionally durable throughout his career, missing just two games over the last 15 seasons and none since being traded to the Falcons in 2009. Gonzalez was able to practice fully before the end of the week, and his absence on Wednesday can be chalked up to the team being cautious and giving the veteran a day off as the team returned from it's bye week.

For more on the Falcons and Gonzalez's status on Sunday, check out The Falcoholic.


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