Moneyball Update – Week 12

This wasn’t a pretty game for the Falcons offense. Injuries really sidetracked this one. First and foremost was Matt Ryan going down with a toe injury on the first drive. Chris Redman filled in and had a pretty solid game considering the circumstances. But the offense wasn’t anywhere close to as efficient as it was under Ryan. Injury to Michael Turner also hurt the Falcons ability to move the ball on the ground. But I think more indicative of that was the injuries to the offensive line. Both Baker and Dahl started the games, but were pulled midway through the game due to neither player being completely healthy. With Dahl leaving the game, the inability of the interior of the line to get adequate push was exposed. I don’t think the fact that Todd McClure finished with 4 missed blocks is indicative of a poor performance on his part, just that he was asked to pull more weight with Brett Romberg in at right guard than he would if Dahl was in the game. As the Falcons frequently run behind Dahl. Before Baker was pulled at halftime, I must note that he earned his first key block of the season in this game.

The key to this win was the Derrick Roberson penalty on 3rd & 10 at the Bucs 10 in the final seconds. It gave the Falcons three more opportunities to score, and ended on a perfect strike from Redman to White on fourth down. A few inches in any direction and that pass is probably not completed.

The receivers did a fairly good job. Gonzalez was excellent on the final drive. Almost everybody contributed, with White catching the game-winning touchdown, Eric Weems converting an early third down, and Michael Jenkins making a nice grab. Jenkins had a really good game, as none of the Bucs corners seemed to be able to stick with him. Jerious Norwood had a nice game after a long layoff due to injury.

Chris Redman$11$1$0$0$0$0$12.00
Michael Turner$0$7$0$0$0$0$7.00
Jerious Norwood$0$3$4$0$0$0$7.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$6$0$0-$1$5.00
Roddy White$0$0$5$0$0-$1$4.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$5-$2$0$0$3.00
Eric Weems$0$1$1$1$0$0$3.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$2$0-$1$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Brett Romberg$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$1$0-$1$0.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Matt Ryan-$1$0$0$0$0$0-$1.00
Marty Booker$0$0-$1$0$0$0-$1.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$0$0$0-$2-$2.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0-$2$0$0-$2.00

There weren’t a ton of standout performances in this game. Once again Lofton and Peterso continued to struggle in coverage. Babineaux and Biermann had good games up front, and almost every one of the other defensive linemen were able to make contributions. The Falcons shut down the Bucs running game mainly due to solid play from the tackles. Tye Hill was beat on a 42-yard scoring strike to Antonio Bryant, which made way for Chris Owens, who got his first extensive action of the season. He missed a tackle early on, but otherwise did a solid job. The defense stepped up in the second and was fairly solid.

Michael Koenen$0$5$0$5.00
Jonathan Babineaux$3$0$0$3.00
Kroy Biermann$3$0$0$3.00
Chevis Jackson$3$0$0$3.00
John Abraham$2.5$0$0$2.50
Jamaal Anderson$1$0$0$1.00
Erik Coleman$1$0$0$1.00
Thomas Johnson$1$0$0$1.00
Vance Walker$1$0$0$1.00
Jason Elam$0$1$0$1.00
Coy Wire$0$1$0$1.00
Chris Houston$0.5$0$0$0.50
Thomas DeCoud-$1$0$0-$1.00
Chris Owens-$1$0$0-$1.00
Stephen Nicholas-$1.5$0$0-$1.50
Tye Hill-$2$0$0-$2.00
Mike Peterson-$2.5$0$0-$2.50
Curtis Lofton-$3$0-$1-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 12:

Dropped Passes (2): White, Booker
Sacks Allowed (6): Redman (2), Ryan, Baker, Svitek, Snelling
Poor Throws (7): Redman (6), Ryan (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (3): Blalock, Clabo, Romberg
Missed Blocks (7): McClure (4), Gonzalez (2), Blalock (1)
QB Pressures (5): Abraham (2), Coleman, Biermann, Walker
Missed Tackles (2): Owens, Peterson

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