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Julio Jones has strong outing, despite loss

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Former Alabama star wide out Julio Jones is doing all he can to keep the Atlanta Falcons afloat in the NFC South.

He put in a strong outing Sunday at the Georgia Dome against Indianapolis, accounting for nine receptions for 160 yards.

Jones was targeted 15 times and averaged 17.8 yards per catch. Three of his nine receptions came on scoring drives for the Falcons. Jones brought in two passes (36, 29) on Atlanta’s fourth offensive possession to set up a one-yard touchdown from quarterback Matt Ryan to Patrick DiMarco, giving Atlanta a 14-0 edge over the Colts in the second quarter. 

Indianapolis would win the game 24-21, handing the Falcons its fourth straight loss. Atlanta started the year at 5-0.

Jones has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, with 1,029 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 80 catches. Atlanta (6-4) sits behind undefeated Carolina (10-0) in the NFC South.

Jones and the Falcons will face Minnesota next week.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.


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