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NFL Capsules

October 5, 1996

A look at the matchups for Week 6 in the National Football League (times EDT):

Sunday, Oct. 6


1 p.m., FOX

LINE _ Detroit by 10.

RECORD VS. SPREAD _ Falcons 0-4; Lions 3-2.

SERIES RECORD _ Lions lead 18-6.

LAST TIME MET _ Falcons beat Lions 34-22 last season in Atlanta.

LAST GAME _ Falcons lost to 49ers 39-17 in San Francisco. Lions shut out Tampa Bay 27-0 on the road.


QB Jeff George had suspension extended as team seeks to trade him. QB Bobby Hebert was 17-of-32 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in starting role vs. 49ers. WR Roell Preston caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in loss to San Francisco. Running backs Jamal Anderson and Craig Heyward combined for 122 of the 126 yards rushing last week. TE Pete Metzelaars replaced David Sloan, who injured knee last week.

LIONS OFFENSE _ RUSH (No. 10), PASS (No. 9), OVERALL (No. 7)

WR Herman Moore caught nine balls for 104 yards and a touchdown vs. Tampa Bay and leads NFL in catches and yards. His three touchdowns tie for team lead with WR Johnnie Morton. QB Scott Mitchell was 21-of-32 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in win over Buccaneers. RB Barry Sanders paced rushing attack with 73 yards on 15 carries.

FALCONS DEFENSE _ RUSH (No. 23), PASS (No. 27), OVERALL (No. 29)

LB Jessie Tuggle had seven solo tackles in loss to San Francisco. Team did not record sack or turnover vs. 49ers. Allowing 30 points per game, up from last season, when they allowed 22.

LIONS DEFENSE _ RUSH (No. 15), PASS (No. 22), OVERALL (No. 19)

Team forced four turnovers and two sacks vs. Buccaneers. Held Tampa Bay to 226 yards of offense. S Bennie Blades had 98-yard interception return for touchdown and seven tackles in shutout vs. Tampa Bay. Linebacker Tom Beer made first start in place of injured Antonio London. Rookie DE Kerwin Waldroup made debut for Tracy Scroggins.

SPECIAL TEAMS _ Falcons K Morten Andersen has 30 career field goals from 50 yards or longer. ... Detroit K Jason Hanson has made all 14 extra-point attempts this season.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES _ Bobby Hebert is 53-35 as starting quarterback. ... Blades’ touchdown, first of his career, was third longest in Lions history. Bob Smith scored on a 102-yard return in 1949 and Vern Huffman had 100-yard runback in 1937. ... Lions improved to 14-5 in games in which Moore has 100-yard receiving day. ... Falcons have won 15 consecutive games when holding opponents to 20 points or fewer. ... Atlanta is 0-2 on road this season; it was 2-6 away from home in 1995. ... Atlanta WR Terance Mathis needs two catches for 300 in his career. ... Mitchell is 10-3 as starter in Silverdome.


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