Falcons RT Lamar Holmes vs. Vikings LDE Brian Robison: Holmes is quietly improving on the right side. He has 184 snaps and hasn't given up a sack, but has given up on hit and seven hurries. Robison, who doesn't have a sack this season, has registered 24.5 sacks over the past three seasons. "Brian Robison is a tough hard-nosed player," Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said.
Falcons CB Desmond Trufant vs. Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Trufant has moved to left cornerback. He doesn't have an interception, but has four passes defensed. Patterson has 11 catches for 143 yards. He also has four rushes for 95 yards and one touchdown. "Patterson is an explosive player," Trufant said. "Once he gets the ball in his hands, he can make you miss."