Moneyball 2011 – Week 14 Review

A strong second half performance for the Falcons in this one, which has been a rarity for this team this year.

Matt Ryan had a good game, managing it well and putting his receivers in position to make plays. But the receivers really stepped up this week after a very poor game against the Texans last week. White, Jones, and Gonzalez all made some really good plays and catches. Jones only had -$1 going into the fourth quarter, and his two touchdowns earned him good money. But besides those two big plays, he was pretty quiet. Both White and Gonzalez really made some nice catches in this game, bailing out Ryan on some less than impressive throws. But the main thing with Ryan was that he looked more comfortable in this game, unlike last week, which seemed to be because of that boost in confidence in his receivers.

The blocking was improved this week, although Sam Baker looked lost for the most part at right guard. Baker just doesn’t have the ability to win in a short area to be an effective pass protector inside. Hawley wasn’t much better but he definitely can win a short area. McClure had a solid game, and Blalock had his moments preying on the weak Panthers interior. Svitek had his hands full against Charles Johnson, and it showed in his earnings. Clabo was solid was solid all game long. The ground game was solid with Turner having several nice runs.

Matt Ryan$17$0$0$0$0-$1$16.00
Michael Turner$0$9$0$0$0$0$9.00
Roddy White$0$0$7$0$0-$1$6.00
Julio Jones$0$0$6$0$0$0$6.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$5-$1$0$0$4.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$0$3$0$0-$1$2.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$2$0$2.00
Joe Hawley$0$0$0$2$0-$1$1.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Reggie Kelly$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$0-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Michael Palmer$0$0-$1$0$0$0-$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0-$1.5$0$0-$1.50
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$2$0$0-$2.00

Defensively, the Falcons did not have their best performance, but they still made some nice plays. The two interceptions were more the result of poor throws/decisions by Newton than great defensive plays, but nonetheless they still made the plays and it helped spark the offense from its sluggish start.

The pressure was on Newton all game long, and Abraham was in his face. He had several “almost” sacks due to hits, but thanks to how big and strong Newton is, they just turned into hits and pressures rather than actual sacks. He also had a few pressures negated by blown coverages in the back end. Edwards had his moments early on before he got hurt, and both Peters and Babineaux also provided pressure up the middle. Peria Jerry decided to show up for the first time since September as well. One note about Edwards is that he’s penalized quite a bit, and his personal foul against Newton was just a bone-headed play. He doesn’t seem to be the most cerebral player, although that statement could probably be made about a number of Falcon defenders. Lofton had a nice game, helping slow the Panthers rushing attack. Weatherspoon did not earn well, but had a good game. His low earnings were due to being key blocked three times, two of which came on screens. DeCoud too was key blocked twice on those same screens. Sanders missed two tackles in this game, and putting Moore back in at strong safety is a good move. Franks had his moments late in the fourth quarter in coverage, but other than that was non-descript. Robinson had his hands full against Steve Smith, and I can’t say came out better for it.

On special teams, Bosher had an excellent game. Eric Weems made some questionable decisions on punt returns, but made up for it with good play in coverage.

Matt Bosher$0$5$0$5.00
John Abraham$5$0-$1$4.00
Jonathan Babineaux$2.5$0$0$2.50
Peria Jerry$2$0$0$2.00
William Moore$2$0$0$2.00
Corey Peters$2$0$0$2.00
Akeem Dent$0$1.5$0$1.50
Kroy Biermann$1$0$0$1.00
Lawrence Sidbury$1$0$0$1.00
Matt Bryant$0$1$0$1.00
Vance Walker$0.5$0$0$0.50
Darrin Walls$0$0.5$0$0.50
Ray Edwards$2$0-$2$0.00
Chris Owens$0$0$0$0.00
Dominique Franks-$1$0$0-$1.00
Curtis Lofton-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Peterson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon-$1$0$0-$1.00
Thomas DeCoud-$3$0$0-$3.00
Dunta Robinson-$3$0$0-$3.00
James Sanders-$3$0$0-$3.00

Advanced Stats from Week 14:

Poor Throws (4): Ryan
Drops (4): Jones (2), Gonzalez (1), Palmer (1)
Key Blocks (6): McClure (2), Blalock (1), Clabo (1), Hawley (1), Kelly (1)
Sacks Allowed (2): Baker (1), Snelling (0.5), Svitek (0.5)
Missed Blocks (5): Svitek (2), Baker (1), Blalock (1), Gonzalez (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (5): Hawley (2), Blalock (1.5), Baker (1), McClure (0.5)

Tackles For Loss (2): Peters (1), Babineaux (0.5), Walker (0.5)
QB Sacks (2): Edwards, Weatherspoon
QB Pressures (6): Abraham (3), Jerry (2), Babineaux (1)
QB Hits (7): Abraham (2), Babineaux (1), Biermann (1), Edwards (1), Peters (1), Sidbury (1)
Passes Defended (2): Franks, Weatherspoon
Blown Coverages (4): Robinson (2), Weatherspoon (1), DeCoud (0.5), Lofton (0.5)
Missed Tackles (6): Peterson (2), Sanders (2), Franks (1), Robinson (1)
Key Blocked (8): Weatherspoon (3), DeCoud (2), Franks (1), Owens (1), Peterson (1)

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