Moneyball 2012 – Week 19 Review

This was a solid performance by the Falcons. The Falcons were able to get off to a fast start, something they’ve been inconsistent doing throughout the regular season. Because of a lack of a run game, this team is better as front-runners. But the surprising thing about this Seahawk game was that the Falcons were very effective running the football.

Michael Turner did a good job breaking tackles and getting yards after contact, something he has been doing less and less with time. But Turner has done this a couple of times this year, where he has a good game the weeks following when people are most down on him. Jacquizz Rodgers also had a good game, with his 45-yard jaunt being one of the highlights of the game. The blocking was solid as the Falcons did a much better job than expected creating push up the middle, but they also did an excellent job attacking the edges, with both Rodgers and Turner having some good gains off cutbacks. This was the best game I’ve seen Peter Konz play as he was fairly effective going one on one with the likes of Red Bryant and others.

The offensive line also did an excellent job in pass protection, with myself counting only 1 hurry (on Gonzalez) and 1 pressure. I figured the loss of Chris Clemons would play very well into the Falcons favor, and basically the Seahawks pass rush was a non-factor in this game.

Matt Ryan had a very good game, thanks to his receivers winning for him on the outside and the solid pass protection. Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez all did a great job, with Harry Douglas and Chase Coffman making some money catches.

Matt Ryan$15$0$0$0$0$0$15.00
Michael Turner$0$12$0-$1$0$0$11.00
Roddy White$0$0$6$1$0$0$7.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$6$0$0$0$6.00
Jacquizz Rodgers$0$5$0$1$0$0$6.00
Julio Jones$0$0$5$0$0-$1$4.00
Peter Konz$0$0$0$5$0-$1$4.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$2$1$0$0$3.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0-$1$1.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Chase Coffman$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Mike Cox$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00

Defensively the Falcons did an excellent job bottling up Marshawn Lynch. That was the key to their success. By taking Lynch out of the equation, the Seahawks offense was basically castrated. They did let them get back into the game, mainly because the coverage got soft in the second half and the Falcons’ zone coverage was getting carved up. There were a number of blown coverages, at least four where the Falcons gave up completions on 3rd down or for big gains due to zone coverage. Zach Miller was wide open all day and really benefited from the blown assignments in zone coverage.

Up front, the Falcons didn’t get a lot of pressure on Wilson, although Babineaux did a fairly solid job in the first half, as I counted 3 hurries, 1 sack, 1 pressure, and 1 hit all coming in the first half. He was working very well against the weaker Seahawk guards, but he had a very quiet second half. Akeem Dent, Corey Peters, and Stephen Nicholas all were key contributors against the Seahawks ground attack. Peters seems like he’s getting back into his groove as of late, and while he’s not taken the strides as a pass rusher that I think many hoped, he has become a fairly solid run defender.

Rodgers was 1 yard shy of earning a dollar for one of his kick returns. My assumption on the botched onside/squib kick was that there was a miscommunication between coaching staff and kicker.

Matt Bosher$0$5$0$5.00
Jonathan Babineaux$3$0$0$3.00
Matt Bryant$0$3$0$3.00
Julio Jones$2$0$0$2.00
William Moore$2$0$0$2.00
Kroy Biermann$1$0$0$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon$0.5$0$0$0.50
Asante Samuel-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Peria Jerry-$1$0$0-$1.00
Stephen Nicholas-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Peterson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Robert McClain-$1.5$0$0-$1.50
Corey Peters-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Thomas DeCoud-$2.5$0$0-$2.50
Akeem Dent-$3$0$0-$3.00
Dunta Robinson-$4$0$0-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 19:

Poor Throws (4): Ryan
Drops (1): Douglas
Key Blocks (9): Konz (3), Clabo (1), Cox (1), McClure (1), Rodgers (1), Snelling (1), White (1)
Sacks Allowed (0)
Missed Blocks (4):
Baker, Blalock, McClure, Turner
Pressures Allowed (1): Baker

Tackles For Loss (2): Babineaux, Moore
QB Sacks (2): Babineaux, Walker
QB Pressures (2): Babineaux, Biermann
QB Hits (1): Babineaux
Passes Defended (3): DeCoud, Samuel, Weatherspoon
Blown Coverages (10): DeCoud (2.5), Dent (2.5), Robinson (2), Weatherspoon (1.5), McClain (0.5), Peterson (0.5), Samuel (0.5)
Missed Tackles (5): Babineaux, DeCoud, McClain, Nicholas, Robinson
Key Blocked (4): Babineaux, Jerry, Peters, Samuel

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