Moneyball Update – Week 13

I hated watching this game over again. The whole cheering for Vick thing was despicable if you ask me. I have no problem with Falcon fans wanting to support Vick, but to do so at the expense of rooting for him (and thus against your team) to me is despicable. Be a Vick fan Monday through Saturday, but not on Sunday. If I was Arthur Blank, I would have reviewed the security tapes and banned everyone that was seen cheering Vick from Falcon games forever. Thankfully, for what seemed to be about 10,000 Falcon “fans,” I am not Arthur Blank.

But this loss came down to basically one thing: the goalline stand (for the Eagles) at the end of the first half. Had the Falcons scored there it would have made the game 13-7 going into halftime, and probably would have made the second half go completely differently. Some blame Mike Mularkey for the failure to score on three plays from the 1-yard line. I would say his decision to run the ball a third time on 4th down was the only questionable decision on that drive. But I do think one cannot overlook the fault of the poor blocking on those previous running plays.

And really, poor blocking was probably the downfall of the Falcons in this entire game. The offense was just out of sync. Chris Redman wasn’t bad, but he looked like a backup QB trying to run things. And he got little help from having 40% of the starting front five out of the game. A lot of their first half drives were killed by poor blocking and poor throws from Redman. There were a bunch of tipped/batted passes, including at least 2 that came on third downs.

Redman was finally able to get back into the black with earning $8 on the Falcons final (and lone) scoring drive. Offensively, White and Gonzalez played well. Snelling and Norwood had their moments.

Tony Gonzalez$0$0$8$1$0$0$9.00
Jason Snelling$0$4$2$0$0$0$6.00
Roddy White$0$0$7$0$0-$2$5.00
Jerious Norwood$0$4$1$0$0$0$5.00
Brett Romberg$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Chris Redman$2$0$0$0$0-$1$1.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Quinn Ojinnaka$0$0$0$1$0-$1$0.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Eric Weems$0$1$0$0$0-$2-$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$0-$1$0-$1-$2.00

Despite the score, the Falcons defense played fairly well in this game. They weren’t great, but they managed to keep the Eagles offense out of the endzone during the first half. The only TD they gave up had more to do with Weems fumbling than poor play by them. They weren’t as good in the second half, as the Eagles were able to move the ball a bit more. Sidbury got his first sack of the season, thanks largely to the pressure provided by Abe and Babs forcing McNabb to step up in the pocket. Owens got his first start and didn’t get credit with blowing a coverage, although I’m sure it helped not having to cover DeSean Jackson, who sat out this game. Neither safety had a particularly good game. Lofton again continues to struggle in coverage, although it’s not completely his fault when he’s asked to cover quality receivers over the middle. The defensive front had a fairly good game, getting contributions from pretty much everybody. McNabb’s mobility helped out the Eagles offense quite a bit at times. Michael Koenen had a good game punting, and also contributed a touchdown-saving tackle in punt coverage.

Michael Koenen$0$5$0$5.00
Jamaal Anderson$3$0$0$3.00
John Abraham$2$0$0$2.00
Mike Peterson$2$0$0$2.00
Jonathan Babineaux$1$0$0$1.00
Thomas Johnson$1$0$0$1.00
Kroy Biermann$1$0$0$1.00
Chauncey Davis$1$0$0$1.00
Lawrence Sidbury$1$0$0$1.00
Antoine Harris$0$1$0$1.00
Chevis Jackson$1$0-$1$0.00
Stephen Nicholas$0$0$0$0.00
Chris Houston$0$0-$1-$1.00
Brent Grimes-$2$1-$1-$2.00
Erik Coleman-$2$0$0-$2.00
Curtis Lofton-$3$0-$1-$4.00
Thomas DeCoud-$4$0$0-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 13:

Dropped Passes (0)
Sacks Allowed (0)
Poor Throws (11):
QB Pressures Allowed (5): Blalock (3), Svitek, Clabo
Missed Blocks (8): Clabo (2), McClure (2), Svitek, Blalock, Ojinnaka, Peelle
QB Pressures (6): Abraham (2), Babineaux, Lofton, Davis, Jackson
Missed Tackles (4): Coleman (2), Lofton, DeCoud

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