The first half was about as good as anyone can play. The second half almost became a disaster. It seems that the defense had no answers over the middle in pass coverage. Grimes was targeted again and the run defense seemed to soften in the second half. Fortunately, Boley came up with a huge INT and Turner punched it in to give us much needed breathing room and a 27-24 win.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Turner (26/121, 1 TD), Norwood (4/12), Ryan (4/16), Douglas (1/18), and Mughelli (1/9). Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner, 13; Norwood, 1; Douglas, 1; Mughelli, 1 and Ryan, 1. Turner was outstanding today.
Breakdown of passes:
Ryan: 16/26, 194 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 Bad passes, 3 Dropped passes, 2 Thrown away, 1 Clock Play, 1 Mental Error (Jenkins) and 1 Defended pass. Other than the bad pass on the INT, a very good day for Ryan but that INT was definitely a game-changer.
Drops (3): Norwood, 1 and White, 2.
YTD Drops (13):
White – 5
Douglas – 2
Jenkins – 2
Finneran – 1
Turner – 1
Peele – 1
Norwood – 1
Run blocking: With half of Turner’s runs going for 4 yards or more or a score, no complaints at all.
Pass blocking: Outstanding job keeping Ryan off the ground. Superb effort.
Sack responsibility (0): None
YTD Sacks (7):
Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 1.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: 40 yards allowed in the 1st half and then 64 yards in the 2nd half. Not sure why the run defense tends to soften in the 2nd half but this is the 3rd week in a row it’s happened.
Pass Defense: Green Bay picked the middle of the field all day and occasionally went to Grimes’ side. Noticeably, teams are going away from Houston.
Sacks: Two sacks on the day, Grady Jackson got the first and Abraham got the second. Abraham also caused an intentional grounding penalty on Rodgers. That should count as a sack in my opinion but officially just a “good job of pressure”.
Norwood had 3 kickoff returns and 1 touchback: 1. from the 2, 17 yards; 2. from the -4, 14 yards; 3. from the -2, 54 yards. A bad day until that last return.
Coleman handled an onside kick by Crosby with no problems.
Jennings had 3 punt return opportunities: 1. from the 36, 3 yards; 2. from the 26, muffed and recovered at the 29; 3. fair catch at the 10. Can anyone say Brandon James in the 3rd round next year?
Koenen had 3 punts: 1-29 yards to the 12, fair catch. 2-43 yards to the 2, downed. 3-53 yards to the 1, downed. Excellent day punting.
Koenen had 6 kickoffs: 1-to the 2, 19 yard return. 2-to the 5, 21 yard return. 3-to the 5, 45 yard return. 4-to the 17, 9 yard return (nullified by holding penalty). 5-Touchback. Fairly deep on all but I’d still prefer more touchbacks.
Field Goals: Elam was 2/2 from 41 and 42.
Special Teams coverage: Very good on punts, not as good on kickoffs as it has been.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Cover the middle of the field better in pass coverage (especially Tight Ends).
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions by opposition.
3. Grimes looks more like a nickel back at times and the league may be catching on.
Offensive MVP: Roddy White 8 catches, 132 yards, 1 TD
Defensive MVP: John Abraham (6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for losses, 3 hurries)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen for all 3 punts inside the 20 and 2 inside the 2.
Goat of the Week: Pass coverage in the middle of the field.
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Next up: VS Chicago Bears October 12th!