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By Christian West

Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Falcons game.

Falcons RB Michael Turner vs. Vikings front seven

The Falcons have won four out of their last five and a big reason has been the resurgence of RB Michael Turner. He's averaged 105.6 yards rushing over that span and has scored four touchdowns. The Falcons have gotten back to the successful formula they followed last season, power running and play-action passing, en route to the NFC's top overall seed in the playoffs.

It will be up to the Vikings' front seven to slow down the running attack and force the Falcons to be one-dimensional. The good news for the Vikings is that DT Kevin Williams is coming off his best game of the season. He was disruptive with is penetration and making plays in the backfield, totaling eight tackles, including three for loss, and one sack against the Raiders.

If Williams can replicate that kind of effort, it will make the job of LBs E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway, who also had an excellent game Sunday, easier to keep Turner in check.

Turner has been the key for the Falcons' offense of late and should be the top priority for the Vikings' defense on Sunday.

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