Game #8 AT Oakland Raiders Game Review

Great to see the team rebound from the heartbreaker in Philly. Quite simply, this performance was nothing short of dominating. From first downs (ATL 30 to OAK 3), Total net yards (ATL 453 to OAK 77) to the 24-0 on the scoreboard, it was clear that the Falcons were in complete control from the very beginning.

Here’s what I saw:


Running game: Turner (30/139), Norwood (14/63, 1 TD), Snelling (8/47), Ryan (4/1) and Douglas (1/2). Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner, 19; Norwood, 7 and Snelling, 6. Dominating rushing performance outside of a few short yardage opportunities missed due to the line not getting a good push up front.

Breakdown of passes:

Ryan: 17/22, 220 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 Bad passes, 2 Thrown away and 1 Busted play. Very efficient play and really showing his development.

Drops (0): None

YTD Drops (19):

White – 6
Douglas – 3
Jenkins – 3
Finneran – 3
Turner – 1
Peele – 1
Norwood – 1
Jennings – 1

Run blocking: Very dominating except for several short yardage situations where they failed to get a push up front as mentioned above.

Pass blocking: No sacks until the 4th quarter. Not as good as it has been but with Baker out, that was expected.

Sack responsibility (3): First sack was on Norwood for missing a block. The second sack was on Ryan as he was untouched stepping up in the pocket and stripped by Warren. Final sack was on Gandy.

YTD Sacks (12):

Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 1.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 3.0
Wayne Gandy – 1.0
Quinn Ojinnaka – 1.0
Jerious Norwood – 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: Outside of 2 QB runs, the Raiders got next to nothing on the ground.

Pass Defense: Allowed only 31 yards passing. It doesn’t get better than that.

Sacks (4): First 3 sacks go to Abraham and the final one was a “team” sack as Russell simply fumbled untouched.

Special Teams:
Norwood had 1 kickoff return: from the endzone, 47 yards nullified by holding penalty on Wire.

Harry Douglas is our new punt returner and he had 2 opportunities with 4 others either being downed or out of bounds: 1. from the 24, 6 yards; 2. from the 21, 7 yards.

Koenen had 2 punts: 1-33 yards to the 19, no return. 2-Blocked.

Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1-to the 5, 16 yard return. 2-to the 2, 21 yard return. 3-to the -4, 24 yard return. 4-to the -2, 23 yard return. 5-to the 3, 39 yard return (unnecessary roughness on Biermann tacked on 15). Good to see 2 of the kicks in the end zone.

Field Goals: 1/2 Good from 48 and missed from 51.

Special Teams coverage: Outside of the last kick return and the blocked punt, very solid.

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. Defensive consistency in the second half.

Offensive MVP: Matt Ryan (220 yards, 2 TDs)

Defensive MVP: John Abraham (5 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackle for loss, 3 hurries, 1 fumble forced)

Special Teams MVP: Ovie Mughelli, 2 tackles.

Goat of the Week: None, which might be a first.

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Next up: VS. New Orleans Saints, November 9th!