OAKLAND (1-3) At ATLANTA (5-0)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSOPENING LINE - Falcons by 9 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 1-3; Atlanta 4-1SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 7-5AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 28; Falcons No. 2LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Raiders 24-0, Nov. 2, 2008LAST WEEK - Raiders had bye; Falcons beat Redskins 24-17STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons 5-0 for first time in franchise history. ... Oakland first-year coach Dennis Allen served as Atlanta's defensive assistant and quality control coach from 2002-05. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith one win away from tying Dan Reeves as winningest coach in team history. Smith has career record of 48-21. Reeves went 49-59-1 with Atlanta from 1997-2003. ... Falcons never trailed in first three wins, but they have rallied in fourth quarter last two weeks. ... Raiders QB Carson Palmer on pace for career highs in attempts, completions and yards passing. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez coming off best game with team, a 13-catch, 123-yard performance against Redskins. He also hauled in 99th touchdown pass of career. ... Atlanta tied with New England for best turnover margin in league, plus-10. ... Falcons S Thomas DeCoud has four interceptions. ... RB Darren McFadden has been held under 35 yards rushing in three of Oakland's four games. Raiders rank last in league in rushing, averaged just 60.8 yards per game. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan second-rated passer in league (106.1), trailing only San Francisco's Alex Smith (108.7). ... Atlanta K Matt Bryant 10-for-10 on season, including a 53-yarder. ... Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to return after being knocked unconscious against Pittsburgh three weeks ago.
NFL capsule: Raiders 9.5-point underdogs vs. Falcons
October 14, 2012, 1:52 am