Falcons' Turner a handful for Bucs

Michael Turner rushes upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010...

Michael Turner rushes upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 7, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris knows that Falcons running back Michael Turner is a load.

In the past four meetings between the teams, Turner has rushed for a combined 380 yards and four touchdowns. So, putting the brakes on Turner and the Falcons running game is one of the defensive priorities of the Buccaneers.

If only it was that easy.

In his first two games this season, Turner has rushed for a combined 214 yards on 31 carries for a 6.9-yard average.

Weve got to find a way to get the rolling, bowling ball down, Morris said Friday of the 5-foot-10, 250 pound Turner. Weve got to put some holes in him and get him in his gutter and find a way to get him down, gang tackle him.

Hes going to bounce off you. Hes got a different style of running than say Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson runs angry. He (Turner) runs to bounce off and keep going. Hes got great balance so weve got to find a way to get him on the ground.


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