Recipe for NFL success is home cooking

Earlier this month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Atlanta probably would have to build a new stadium if it wants to host another Super Bowl.

The Falcons should fight that at every turn.

After all, with the way they've played in the Georgia Dome, why would they ever want to play anywhere else?

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, whose team plays host to Green Bay today in a pivotal NFC showdown, is 18-1 in his first 19 home starts, including 14 consecutive victories. He's 5-0 there this season, completing 127 of 194 passes for 1,348 yards, with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.

In his last four games, Ryan is averaging 275.8 yards passing with nine touchdowns and one interception, three times logging a passer rating better than 100.

"We've been efficient offensively the past four or five weeks," Ryan said. "Going forward, that's kind of a recipe for success. You become difficult to beat."

If the Falcons were to beat Green Bay, Ryan would tie Danny White for the best winning percentage in a player's first 20 home starts in the Super Bowl era. A look at those quarterbacks (*Will start 20th home game Sunday vs. Green Bay):


Danny WhiteDallas 19-1.950

Marc BulgerSt. Louis 18-2.900

Dan MarinoMiami18-2.900

Kyle OrtonChicago/Denver18-2.900

Philip RiversSan Diego 18-2.900

Kurt WarnerSt. Louis18-2.900

Matt Ryan*Atlanta 18-1.947

Andre the giant

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson has 56 receptions this season, meaning he's four catches away from becoming the NFL's first receiver to catch 60 or more passes in each of his first eight seasons.

As it is, the unrelated Andre Johnson and Keyshawn Johnson are the only players to notch at least 60 catches in each of their first seven seasons. Most consecutive 60-catch seasons to begin a career (*active):


Andre Johnson*Houston 2003-7

Keyshawn JohnsonN.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay 1996-2002?7

Randy MossMinnesota 1998-2003?6

Bengal bungles

In dropping to 2-9 with their Thanksgiving loss to the New York Jets, the Cincinnati Bengals guaranteed themselves a losing season.

Already, they were assured of finishing no better than .500. That further solidified their second-place spot on the list of NFL teams who have gone longest without consecutive winning seasons.

Longest streak without back-to-back winning seasons (*active including this season):

Team Span Seasons

Falcons 1966-08 43

Bengals 1982-10*29

Redskins 1945-71 27

Packers 1967-92 26

Cardinals 1984-08 25

Scores galore

There have been 800 total touchdowns scored this season. That's the second-most through the first 11 weeks of a season in NFL history. There were 803 touchdowns scored through Week 11 of the 2002

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