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Moneyball 2011 – Week 7 Review

The Falcons were effective with their ball control attack in this game. The secret to their success was mainly their defense, but more on that later. It was a good day and a good win, and we might look back at it later this season and might say this one salvaged our 2011 season. That is of course, if the Falcons can build off this win after the bye and have some momentum going into the second half of the season.

Michael Turner had a solid day rushing, and Jacquizz Rodgers had a nice run to finish the game. I know I sound like a broken record, but I still wonder why the Falcons don’t use him more. Every time he touches the ball, good things seem to happen.

Matt Ryan did not have a great game. He did well early on third downs, but in the second half his accuracy, touch, and timing started to deteriorate, which is why he had the high number of poor throws (10). It’s been a while since Ryan had that many off throws in a game. He had some nice throws and plays (notably his TD pass to White), but overall it was a very hot and cold, inconsistent performance. I’m sure the ankle injury didn’t really help matters in the second half.

And the Falcons did a fairly good job handling the Lions pass rush. Their problem was the amount of missed blocks in the ground game. Garrett Reynolds really struggled in this game with a bunch of missed blocks and his penalties. Part of it was blocking Suh, part of it was his bum ankle, but most of it was just him not being that good. Outside the play where he stepped on Ryan’s ankle, Svitek had a solid game filling in for Sam Baker.

Congratulations are due to Tony Gonzalez for his his accomplishment as the game’s second leading all-time receiver. He had a solid game. Both White and Douglas also had solid games as well.

PLAYERPASSRUSHRECBLOCKSPECPENTOTALS
Michael Turner$0$10-$1$0$0$0$9.00
Jason Snelling$0$1$2$1$1$0$5.00
Roddy White$0$0$5-$1$0$0$4.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$4$0$0-$1$3.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$4-$1$0$0$3.00
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$2$1$0$0$0$3.00
Matt Ryan$1$2$0$0$0-$1$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0-$1$1.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$1
$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$1$1-$1$1.00
Mike Johnson$0$0$0$0$0-$1-$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Chris Redman-$1$0$0$0$0$0-$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Garrett Reynolds$0$0$0-$3$0-$3-$6.00

Defensively the Falcons were solid. They were able to get pressure at key moments, with all 3 of their sacks coming in the redzone, which forced the Lions to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. Corey Peters had a rock-solid game, showing he coudl get pressure, batted passes, as well as making his presence known somewhat in run support. William Moore and Thomas DeCoud did not have great games, although DeCoud was at least bailed out by Peters tipped pass on that pass interference call at the end. DeCoud did not have an easy task of being asked to help contain Calvin Johnson, and Moore missed a couple of tackles. I’m betting it has to do with his hamstring injury, as he just didn’t look as explosive or decisive in run support as he usually does, leading to missed tackles.

Brent Grimes had an outstanding game against Johnson, and definitely earned the nickname “Optimus Grimes.” Other solid performances were by Sean Weatherspoon, Curtis Lofton, and John Abraham.

Matt Bosher showed improvement on the day, but went from bad to mediocre. On the opposite side of the ball, Lions rookie punter Ryan Donahue showed exactly the level of play the Falcons should be getting out of Bosher. Eric WEems could not catch a break on his big touchdown return. The flag was reported to be thrown on Antone Smith, but it was in fact thrown on Mike Johnson, who gave Eldra Buckley a slight nudge on the final tackle that Weems broke before he took it to the house. The flag was actually thrown before Smith’s own nudge and on the opposite side of the field.

PLAYERDEFSPECPENTOTALS
Corey Peters$3.5$0$0$3.50
Matt Bosher$0$3$0$3.00
Matt Bryant$0$3$0$3.00
Curtis Lofton$2.5$0$0$2.50
John Abraham$2$0$0$2.00
Jonathan Babineaux$1$0$0$1.00
Vance Walker$1$0$0$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon$1$0$0$1.00
Akeem Dent$0$1$0$1.00
Ray Edwards$2.5$0-$2$0.50
Brent Grimes$0$0$0$0.00
Thomas DeCoud$0$0-$1-$1.00
William Moore-$1$0$0-$1.00
Kelvin Hayden-$0.5$0-$1-$1.50
Stephen Nicholas-$2$0$0-$2.00

Advanced Stats from Week 7:

Poor Throws (11): Ryan (10), Redman (1)
Drops (2): Gonzalez, Turner
Key Blocks (5): Blalock, Clabo, Reynolds, Snelling, Weems
Sacks Allowed (2): Clabo, Reynolds
Missed Blocks (10): Reynolds (4), Blalock (1), Clabo (1), Gonzalez (1), McClure (1), Mughelli (1), White (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (2): Clabo, Svitek

Tackles for Loss (4): Lofton (1.5), Moore (1), Walker (1), Peters (0.5)
QB Sacks (3): Abraham, Peters, Weatherspoon
QB Pressures (6): Lofton (2), Abraham (1), Babineaux (1), DeCoud (1), Edwards (0.5), Hayden (0.5)
QB Hits (0)
Passes Defended (8): Grimes (3), Peters (2), Edwards (1), Moore (1), Weatherspoon (1)
Blown Coverages: (3): Grimes (1.5), Nicholas (1), DeCoud (0.5)
Missed Tackles (3): Moore
Key Blocked (5): Grimes, Hayden, Lofton, Nicholas, Weatherspoon

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