Moneyball 2011 – Week 2 Review

The Falcons did not have their most stellar performance against the Eagles, but they made plays at critical points in the game to pull out the victory.

Offensively, Matt Ryan did not really get going until the fourth quarter, where he earned $7 of his $9.50 passing the ball. Michael Turner had a good start with $7 in the first half, but went quiet until his big runs late in the game. Tony Gonzalez was money in this game with his two touchdown grabs and ability to move the chains. Roddy White and Julio Jones were fairly quiet for most of the game, although they had some key catches at certain points in the game. But at least from the Eagles perspective, they should feel happy about their two highly paid corners containing both White and Jones pretty much the entire night.

Up front, the blocking was hit and miss just like last week. Sam Baker really struggled going against Trent Cole, which was the same issue he had a year ago. Reynolds gave up an early sack but had a fairly solid game the rest of the way. Clabo also struggled on the outside getting beat by Jason Babin several times. Blalock was the best up front, and Hawley had his really good moments as well as his share of mental errors and mistakes. If and when McClure returns, the Falcons can iron out many of the inconsistencies.

The Falcons inability to move the ball on the ground in the third quarter was a big reason why the Eagles were able to get back into the game and take a 10-point lead then.

Ryan saw a lot of pressure throughout the game from the edges, but some of it was on him getting happy feet in the pocket after he took a couple of early hits.

Michael Turner$0$9$2$0$0$0$11.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$9$1.5$0$0$10.50
Matt Ryan$9.5$1$0$0$0-$1$9.50
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$3$0$0$0$0$3.00
Roddy White$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Julio Jones$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Garrett Reynolds$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$1$0$1.00
Reggie Kelly$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Michael Palmer$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0-$1.5$0$0-$1.50
Joe Hawley$0$0$0$0$0-$2-$2.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$2.5$0$0-$2.50

Defensively, the Falcons got off to a good start. Ray Edwards probably had the best overall night, although he got pretty quiet in the second half. Kelvin Hayden also had an impressive debut, while the same cannot be said for James Sanders. I don’t think Sanders had a horrible game, but he made some mistakes and I can’t say he showed that he was an improvement over Thomas DeCoud if we’re going to judge at this point. Lofton had his mistakes (as usual) but also made up for it with his share of plays. Abraham was held in check for the most part by Todd Herremans. The Falcons definitely missed Jonathan Babineaux in the middle of the defense, but Jerry made some nice plays, and Walker, Peters, and Powell certainly weren’t invisible.

Overall, the Falcons got contributions from most of their starters, and given the explosiveness of the Eagles offense, many of the mistakes and deductions that occurred are understandable.

I wish I could have given Nicholas points for his open field stop of DeSean Jackson at the end of the game. Matt Bosher did not have a good night, and I’m definitely open for the Falcons to potentially make a change there.

Ray Edwards$4$0-$1$3.00
Kelvin Hayden$3$0$0$3.00
Kroy Biermann$0$2$0$2.00
Sean Weatherspoon$3$0-$2$1.00
Chris Owens$1$0$0$1.00
Matt Bosher$0$1$0$1.00
Shann Schillinger$0$1$0$1.00
John Abraham$2$0-$2$0.00
Peria Jerry$0$0$0$0.00
William Moore$0$0$0$0.00
Corey Peters$0$0$0$0.00
Vance Walker$0$0$0$0.00
Curtis Lofton-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Stephen Nicholas-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Lawrence Sidbury-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Brent Grimes-$2$0$0-$2.00
Dunta Robinson-$1$0-$2-$3.00
James Sanders-$3$0$0-$3.00

Advanced Stats from Week 2:

Poor Throws (5): Ryan
Drops (1): Jones
Key Blocks (5): Clabo (1.5), Gonzalez (1.5), Blalock (1), Reynolds (1)
Sacks Allowed (3): Clabo (1), Reynolds (1), Baker (0.5), Ryan (0.5)
Missed Blocks (8): Baker (2), Clabo (2), Hawley (2), Kelly (1), Palmer (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (6): Baker (4), Blalock (1), Clabo (1)

Tackles for Loss (5): Edwards (2), Grimes (1), Owens (1), Weatherspoon (1)
QB Sacks (0)
QB Pressures (6): Edwards (2), Abraham (1), Hayden (1), Sanders (1), Lofton (0.5), Nicholas (0.5)
QB Hits (4): Abraham, Moore, Walker, Weatherspoon
Passes Defended (3): Lofton (2), Robinson (1)
Blown Coverages (6): Lofton (2), Sanders (2), Moore (1), Robinson (1)
Missed Tackles (3): Abraham, Lofton, Sanders
Key Blocked (10): Nicholas (2), Edwards (1), Grimes (1), Jerry (1), Lofton (1), Robinson (1), Sanders (1), Sidbury (1), Walker (1)

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