Moneyball 2011 – Week 17 Review

A dominant performance from the Falcons, reminiscent of the Jaguars game two weeks ago. But one wonders after the Saints game, whether this is because the Falcons are really that good or whether the Jaguars and Bucs are really that bad. And personally, I think it might be more of the latter.

But a solid game on the ground. Matt Ryan really did not have to do a lot in this game. His receivers made plays when he threw it and he just had to hand the ball off largely for 2 quarters before he made way for Redman. Turner had an outstanding game, as the Bucs defenders in their back seven seemed to have no interest in trying to tackle him. The offensive line gets a lot of credit in this game for some good blocking. Clabo, and McClure probably had the standout performances, with a solid outing from Blalock and Hawley as well. Snelling and Cox also made some nice blocks, as well as Roddy getting two key blocks downfield. Reggie Kelly decided to show up for the first time this year, with 3 key blocks.

Jones had a very good game showing his big play potential for another week. Despite two drops, Roddy had a strong game.

Quizz and Snelling also had good games, although Quizz’s fumble at the goalline was a blemish. But considering how good he and others were the rest of the game, it’s not that huge a deal.

Michael Turner$0$18$0$0$0$0$18.00
Julio Jones$0$2$7$0$0$0$9.00
Matt Ryan$8$0$0$0$0$0$8.00
Jason Snelling$0$6$0$2$0$0$8.00
Roddy White$0$0$3$2$0$0$5.00
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$6$0$0$0-$2$4.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Joe Hawley$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Reggie Kelly$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Mike Cox$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Chris Redman$1$0$0$0$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Antone Smith$0$0$0$0$1$0$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00

John Abraham stood out in this game as he was really the only Falcon defender that could consistently get pressure. Everybody was pretty much a non-factor despite the sporadic nice play from Biermann, Peters, and Sidbury. Weatherspoon had a relatively quiet game. Lofton was pretty solid with the highlight being his pick six. Spencer Adkins made a couple of nice tackles in his first extended playing time. In coverage, Franks made some nice plays, although he gave up a couple of receptions. Chris Owens blew a couple of coverages, but really only one of them was a big play. DeCoud and Moore had really solid games.

On special teams, Bosher was able to pad his numbers with a large number of touchbacks thanks to all the points the Falcons put on the board. Kelly did not get credit for falling on the onside kick because when I made Onside Kick Recovery worth $1, I meant it to be when the Falcons were the kicking team. Akeem Dent continued to stand out on special teams, as did Antone Smith as a gunner on punt returns.

Matt Bosher$0$6$0$6.00
John Abraham$4$0-$1$3.00
Curtis Lofton$3$0$0$3.00
Thomas DeCoud$2$0$0$2.00
Darrin Walls$2$0$0$2.00
William Moore$1.5$0$0$1.50
Spencer Adkins$1$0$0$1.00
Dominique Franks$1$0$0$1.00
Lawrence Sidbury$1$0$0$1.00
Matt Bryant$0$1$0$1.00
Kroy Biermann$0.5$0.5-$1$0.00
Ray Edwards$0$0$0$0.00
Corey Peters$0$0$0$0.00
Sean Weatherspoon$0$0$0$0.00
Chris Owens-$2$1$0-$1.00
Akeem Dent$0$0.5-$2-$1.50
Dunta Robinson$0$0-$2-$2.00
James Sanders-$2$0$0-$2.00

Advanced Stats from Week 17:

Poor Throws (2): Redman
Drops (3): White (2), Jones (1)
Key Blocks (17): Clabo (3), Kelly (3), Blalock (2), Cox (2), McClure (2), Snelling (2), White (2), Hawley (1)
Sacks Allowed (0)
Missed Blocks (8): Clabo (2), Baker (1), Blalock (1), Cox (1), Hawley (1), Kelly (1), McClure (1) Svitek (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (2): Clabo, Hawley

Tackles For Loss (3): Adkins, DeCoud, Moore
QB Sacks (2): Sidbury (1), Biermann (0.5), Moore (0.5)
QB Pressures (2): Abraham, Moore
QB Hits (2): Abraham, Peters
Passes Defended (3): DeCoud, Edwards, Owens
Blown Coverages (8): Owens (3), Edwards (1), Franks (1), Lofton (1), Moore (1), Sanders (1)
Missed Tackles (1): Peters
Key Blocked (0)

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