5 incredible stats about the Vikings and Falcons heading into Week 6

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Atlanta’s offense has only turned over the ball four times

When a team is cellar-dwelling as the Falcons are, they’re typically disgraceful in the turnover category. But this isn’t the case with this team.

Atlanta only has four giveaways in five games which, as a standalone stat, is very good. Some of this season’s most successful teams such as the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns are turning the ball over at a more frenetic pace than Atlanta. The Vikings obviously are, too.

It is not out of the realm of possibility that Minnesota will force a few turnovers during their Week 6 tryst with the Falcons, but they certainly have not a made a habit of it to date. Matt Ryan is typically a fairly careful signal-caller and Gurley, the primary ball-carrier, does not have a reputation of fumbling profusely.

If 2020 is any indicator, the Vikings will likely be the team that endures some ball-possession miscues on Sunday. Minnesota is the fourth-worst team in the league through five weeks from a turnover differential perspective. For comparison, Atlanta ranks 13th.