Dirty Birds become jail birds, but does it mean anything for the Panthers?

The Atlanta Falcons are flying high, and why shouldn't they? With a 3-0 record, an offense and defense clicking, paired with a healthy dose of confidence they look to be the class of the league. However, for an organization flirting with greatness, they didn't need two of their most recognizable stars get mired in controversy. Just over a week ago RB Michael Turner was arrested for DUI, and now defensive end John Abraham joins the fray with an arrest for obstructing police and firefighters outside an Atlanta building, when Abraham refused to leave the scene of a woman threatening suicide.

Other than a punchline, and something to jab our fellow NFC South fans, really there's little that will come from these arrests as it pertains to the Carolina Panthers' game this week. It's wholly likely the league will levy some sort of punishment, but it's too soon for either Turner or Abraham to be ruled out this week against the Panthers.

Michael Turner being present doesn't offer a huge threat, as he's averaging just 3.7 yards per carry this year (a career low), but it's Abraham who is the real threat. In Mike Nolan's new look defense he's the lynch-pin, and with 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble on the year he remains a difference maker at age 34. The Falcons move Abraham around a lot, so the Panthers had better hope that Byron Bell is both healthy, and has eaten his Wheaties this week.

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