Moneyball – Week 7 Review

Offensively, the Falcons were more aggressive, challenging the beat up Bengals secondary down the field, and it paid off. Roddy had a great game and was major reason why Matt Ryan also earned his best showing passing in Moneyball since it started last year. Gonzalez and Jenkins didn’t do much until the end of the game. Turner also had a very good game. Up front, Dahl and Blalock had two good performance and the Falcons interior line pretty much dominated the Bengals interior defensive line for most of the game. Pass protection was pretty good.

I also realized that I had never designated a Moneyball value for a two-point conversion. Well, I figured it would be worth $1.

Michael Turner$0$17$2$0$0$0$19.00
Matt Ryan$17$0$0$0$0$0$17.00
Roddy White$0$0$17$0$0-$2$15.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$6$0-$1$5.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$5$0$0$5.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$2$0$1$0$3.00
Gartrell Johnson$0$2$0$0$0$0$2.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$2$0$2.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Michael Palmer$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Jason Snelling$0-$1$0$0$0$0-$1.00

Defensively, not a great performance. No real standout performances. Chris Owens struggled for most of the game, and the Bengals figured out after halftime to just throw at him, and it worked for the most part. Coleman struggled replacing DeCoud early in the game, and Moore didn’t do much to make up for it. The pass rush did very little, until later in the game after the Falcons had taken the final lead of the game. Really, Brian WIlliams blitzing off the corner probably would be the team’s most consistent pass rusher. Williams had some trouble keeping up with Jordan Shipley, but at least made up for it that realm to have a pretty decent game given how long it’s been since he got serious action on the field. Vance Walker had probably his best game, making some good stops vs. the run, and probably should replace Corey Peters as the starter in the base package. Jonathan Babineaux had a pretty non-descript game. For his usual standards, it was a pretty quiet game. He’s had a number of those this year. Brent Grimes had a good game in comparison to Owens and probably one of the reasons why the Bengals went after Owens so often was that Grimes was locking down the other side. I didn’t give credit to Curtis Lofton for the first of his forced fumbles because that was really just Benson dropping the ball.

John Abraham$4$0$0$4.00
Jonathan Babineaux$2$0$0$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$3-$1$2.00
Jamaal Anderson$1.5$0$0$1.50
Vance Walker$1.5$0$0$1.50
Mike Peterson$1$0$0$1.00
Brent Grimes$1$0$0$1.00
Brian Williams$1$0$0$1.00
Chauncey Davis$1$0$0$1.00
Matt Bryant$0$1$0$1.00
Curtis Lofton$0.5$0$0$0.50
Kroy Biermann$0.5$0$0$0.50
Stephen Nicholas-$1$0$0-$1.00
William Moore-$2$0$0-$2.00
Corey Peters-$2$0.5$0-$1.50
Erik Coleman-$3$0$0-$3.00
Chris Owens-$5$0.5-$3-$7.50

Advanced Stats from Week 7:

Poor Throws (3): Ryan
Drops (1): Gonzalez
Key Blocks (12): Dahl (4), Blalock (3), McClure (2), Baker (1), Gonzalez (1), Palmer (1)
Sacks Allowed (0)
Missed Blocks (4): Baker (2), McClure (1), Gonzalez (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (1): Gonzalez

Tackles for Loss (6): Walker (2.5), Davis (1), Peterson (1), Biermann (0.5), Lofton (0.5), Anderson (0.5)
QB Sacks (3): Abraham (2), Williams (1)
QB Pressures (2): Babineaux, Williams
Passes Defended (4): Abraham, Grimes, Owens, Lofton
Blown Coverages (6): Owens (4), Moore (1), Williams (1)
Missed Tackles (3): Coleman (2), Owens (1)
Key Blocked (7): Lofton (2), Peters (2), Nicholas (1), Williams (1), Walker (1)

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