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9/12 1:25PM

Roddy White: Falcons set goal at 30 points per game


After hanging 37 points on the New Orleans Saints last week, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White declared the 30-point plateau as the team's mission in every game of the 2014 season.

"That's our goal," White told "From the start of the offseason through training camp, we always told ourselves we have to score 30 a game. That's what we want to do. It's hard to score 30 in the NFL, I'm trying to tell you. I mean, we've got the personnel to do it."

With White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas and a surprisingly frisky Devin Hester, Matt Ryan certainly has the receiving targets to put up points with the best -- if his offensive line holds up.

Twelve teams have averaged 30 or more points per game since 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information. All but one made the playoffs.

In 2013 only Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos averaged more than 30 points per game (37.9). The Falcons averaged just 22.1 points last season, but that average jumped to 28.2 in the five games Jones in which participated.

Atlanta has one of the more intriguing matchups of the week against the Cincinnati Bengals. A stout defense under new coordinator Paul Guenther got off to a good start holding the Baltimore Ravens to just 16 points last week. However, Cincinnati did give up 420 yards of offense.

The Falcons' defense remains a question mark, so the offense will need to put up points to win this week and throughout the season. If Atlanta is going to make a playoff run, the 30-point plateau might not be a pipe dream. It might be a necessity.
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