Yeah, you're thinking you already watch Michael Turner closely every week.You're probably right.
Still, this is one of those interesting games for Turner, a back who has well-documented struggles against good defenses and well-documented explosions against lesser ones. In the 49ers, he's facing a team that has had some success shutting down backs, but is hardly elite. It could go either way.
Last year, Turner managed a solid 22 carries for 97 yards, but stretched those yards into three touchdowns as the Falcons beat the crap out of the Niners. Of course, that was a Turner that wasn't splitting any carries with Jason Snelling, a Turner who looked ready to bust out like it was 2008 before averaging just over two yards a carry each of the next two weeks. Given how important it is to get the run going and keep himself on the field, Turner will be wanting a good one here.
Reasonable expectations? I'm going with 15 carries for 80 yards, a touchdown and one catch. Let's not get too crazy here, right? That will be plenty to set up the pass and put the Falcons in a position to win, and perhaps keep Snelling on the bench a little more often.
Watch The Burner closely.