Moneyball Update – Week 7

I’m sure you thought I had just forgot all about this. Well I didn’t, and I’ve been wanting all off-season long to finish these up. I didn’t get to it earlier because I was pretty busy with all the draft stuff. But now we’re entering those summer doldrums where there isn’t much football between now and the end of July. So I figure I have no excuse to get these done between now and the beginning of camp.

Well, I’m only at the Cowboys game. This was a game that the Falcons got beat physically. Their offensive line struggled to create holes, and their defensive line didn’t get a ton of pressure on Tony Romo throughout the game. Then big hits on the receivers late in the game sort of summed up how much more physical the Cowboys were on this day than the Falcons. Patrick Crayton’s punt return with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter was the nail in the coffin.

The Falcons offense got off to a good start on its opening drive, but it struggled afterwards with two second quarter turnovers that were caused by pressure. The Falcons pass protection wasn’t great this game, but it wasn’t bad. It just happened to be that early in the game when there was pressure it really hurt the Falcons. The Falcons running game didn’t do much as well, as they couldn’t open many holes. Harvey Dahl missed a bunch of blocks there, and Sam Baker gave up some pressure to Anthony Spencer a number of times. Jason Snelling out performed Michael Turner in his limited carries and seemed to be showing more burst in this game than Turner.

Jason Snelling$0$10$1$0$1$0$12.00
Matt Ryan$9$1$0$0$0-$2$8.00
Michael Turner$0$7$0$0$0$0$7.00
Roddy White$0$0$6-$1$0-$1$4.00
Eric Weems$0$0$4$0$0$0$4.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$3-$1$0$0$2.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$3$0-$1$2.00
Verron Haynes$0$0$1$0.5$0$0$1.50
Marty Booker$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0-$2$0.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Justin Peelle$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0-$4$0$0-$4.00

The defense wasn’t bad in this game. Early int he game, some of their successes probably had more to do with the Cowboys offense being out of sync rather than strong performance. But they had troubles getting pressure on Romo after the first quarter or so. And the Cowboys offensive line seemed to wear down on them as the game went on, as they had increasing difficulty in the second half of stopping the run. Again, the defnese wasn’t bad, just not able to make plays when they needed to, and they had lots of troubles matching up with Jason Witten and Miles Austin in this game. If you were to point to any players that had some standout performances, it would probably be Jamaal Anderson and Curtis Lofton. Anderson was particularly effective early on in the game when he lined up inside against Leonard Davis. And Lofton made some nice plays vs. the run throughout the game. Thomas DeCoud also had a pretty good game besides giving up a touchdown to Austin.

Jamaal Anderson$2$0$0$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$2$0$2.00
Curtis Lofton$1.5$0$0$1.50
Kroy Biermann$0.5$1$0$1.50
Thomas Johnson$1$0$0$1.00
Stephen Nicholas$1$0$0$1.00
Coy Wire$0$1$0$1.00
John Abraham$0.5$0$0$0.50
Jonathan Babineaux$0.5$0$0$0.50
Mike Peterson$0$0$0$0.00
Erik Coleman$0$0$0$0.00
Thomas DeCoud$0$0$0$0.00
Brent Grimes-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Chevis Jackson-$2$0$0-$2.00
Chris Houston-$3$0-$1-$4.00

Noteworthy Stats from Week 7

Dropped Passes (1): Jenkins
Sacks Allowed (1): Baker (0.5), Haynes (0.5)
Poor Throws (6): Ryan
QB Pressures Allowed (4): Baker (3), Dahl
Missed Blocks (8): Dahl (3), McClure, Clabo, White, Peelle, Gonzalez
QB Pressures (3): Anderson, Peterson, Lofton
Missed Tackles (2): Lofton, Coleman

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