Rant and Rise: Atlanta Falcons Improve to 8-0, Andrew Luck's Sets Record, Los Angeles Lakers Win

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for November 5, 2012:

Atlanta Falcons Improve to 8-0 With Win Over Dallas Cowboys 

No matter how the game is going, the Falcons continue to find ways to win football games in the fourth quarter and that’s exactly what happened on Sunday against the Cowboys as they improved to 8-0 on the season after their 19-13 win.

Matt Ryan led the way once again for Atlanta by throwing for 342 yards while Matt Bryant contributed four field goals as the Falcons struggled to find the end zone until the fourth quarter. This team is in the perfect position to at least earn a first-round by in the NFC once the playoffs roll around–so it should be interesting to see what happens over the second half of the regular season.

Andrew Luck Sets NFL Record For Most Passing Yards

There were plenty of questions surrounding how Luck would perform in his first season with the Indianapolis Colts, but it’s safe to say those questions have been answered in the first half of the regular season–especially after the team’s recent win over the Miami Dolphins.

Luck set an NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie in a single game after completing 30 of 48 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts went on to beat the Dolphins 23-20. What’s even more impressive–Luck has Indianapolis in the playoff hunt with a 5-3 record.

Los Angeles Lakers Pick Up First Win of Season

After going 0-8 during the preseason and starting off the regular season 0-3, Lakers fans were beginning to be concerned about their beloved team. Hopefully, Sunday’s 108-79 win over the Detroit Pistons is just what Los Angeles needed to get things rolling as they have one of the most talented teams on paper–especially after acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash during the offseason.

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