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Falcons thriving at creating takeaways

By GEORGE HENRY
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - First-year defensive coordinator Mike Nolan keeps putting the Atlanta Falcons in position to make big plays.

The Falcons' pass rush and coverage schemes have created 11 takeaways, tops in the NFL through the first three games.

With 14 years of experience in the league as a coordinator and four as a head coach, Nolan wants his defense to stay in attack mode until he tells the players to let up.

The approach has the Falcons scoring a league-best 40 points off their seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

Over the last two weeks, Atlanta held Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers to a combined 51.9 passer rating - an impressive number against a pair of the league's most prolific quarterbacks.

 

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