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With all the attention on White and Jones, the Falcons turned to their other offensive weapons. Namely, tight end Tony Gonzalez (seven catches, 83 yards, two TDs) and running back Michael Turner (21 carries for 114 yards, plus a 32-yard reception).

“That’s the beauty of it,” Gonzalez said. “In the ideal offense, you want to be a good, balanced team where the defense doesn’t know who’s going to get the ball.”

Considering the way the offense played against the Eagles, Gonzalez said it’s only natural to expect Tampa Bay will put more defenders in the box to slow the running game and slant its coverages toward the middle of the field, where the tight end was able to do so much damage.

If that happens, look for White and Jones to finally break loose.

“I’m sure Tampa will have something ready for me,” Gonzalez said. “I would guess they’ll want to take me out of the game, which is fine. Julio is going to have some plays, and Roddy is one of the best receivers in the league. It’s just a matter of time before he explodes like he always does.”

White is ready to shine.

“I hope this is the one where I go out there and catch eight or nine balls for over 100 yards,” he said “That would be a good game for me. I expect to go out there and do a little something.”


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