Moneyball Update – Week 9

Michael Turner had an excellent game, finishing with 166 yards, and had another 37-yard run negated by a Tyson Clabo hold that really didn’t impact the run, so he could have easily had over 200 yards on the day. And it’s one of the reasons why Matt Ryan’s score is so low. He was basically asked just to manage the game, and did that fairly well if you exclude a poor decision that led to his lone interception early in the game. The receivers weren’t really a factor in this game.  Gonzalez had two first downs and a touchdown, but other than that nobody really did much. Aaron Stecker had more of an impact on the Falcons passing game as Roddy White did. Blocking wasn’t spectacular, but was good on the multiple times Turner was able to break loose. Harvey Dahl had a very good game, finishing with 3 key blocks and not allowing a pressure or sack. He probably had such a good game because he didn’t have to face Albert Haynesworth hardly at all. Justin Blalock was tasked with those duties, and struggled almost every time he was put on an island against Haynesworth (who doesn’t?). But he got a lot of help from McClure, and for the most part, Haynesworth wasn’t a huge factor in the game. Will Svitek replaced Sam Baker at left tackle for most of the game, and did a good job run blocking (2 key blocks), but not a great job in pass protection (1.5 pressures given up, 0.5 sacks allowed). Tyson Clabo didn’t have a great game, as two penalties, a missed block, and a pressure gave him low totals.

Michael Turner$0$16$1$0$0$0$17.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$5$0$0$5.00
Aaron Stecker$0$1$3$0$0$0$4.00
Matt Ryan$3$1$0$0-$1$0$3.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$4-$1$0$0$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2-$1$0$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$0.5$0$0$0.50
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$0.5$0$0$0.50
Roddy White$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0-$1$1$0.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$0-$2$0-$2.00

Defensively, the Falcons were very good in the first half, getting constant pressure on Jason Campbell who was fleeing for his life behind a decrepit offensive line. Jonathan Babineaux was a force of nature in the game, and was essentially unblockable against all three Redskins interior players. He wound up with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. John Abraham also had a nice game pressuring the pocket, particularly when he lined up at left end. He wound up with 0.5 sacks, 2 pressures, and 2 QB hits. Curtis Lofton had a nice game, but his totals are so low because he was exposed in coverage (2 blown coverages). Mike Peterson struggled in coverage quite a bit (2 blown coverages) and also missed a tackle. Tye Hill didn’t do much besides pick off a pass and take it to the house, but he really wasn’t asked to do so. As the Redskins concentrated most of their passing game on quick, short passes to the backs and Santana Moss, which tended to expose the linebackers more often in coverage. The Falcons defense came out with no fire in the second half, allowing the Redskins to have two very long drives to get back into the game. Luckily, Turner had a 58-yard run that pretty much sealed the game in the fourth quarter. But they only really played one good half of football. They were brilliant in the first half, but very lackluster in the second, which is where a lot of the negative plays occurred.

Jonathan Babineaux$6$0$0$6.00
John Abraham$4.5$0$0$4.50
Michael Koenen$0$4$0$4.00
Tye Hill$3$0$0$3.00
Kroy Biermann$2$1$0$3.00
Vance Walker$2$0$0$2.00
Chris Houston$1$0$0$1.00
Lawrence Sidbury$1$0$0$1.00
Chris Owens$0$1$0$1.00
Jason Elam$0$1$0$1.00
Erik Coleman$0$0$0$0.00
Thomas DeCoud$0$0$0$0.00
Chevis Jackson$0$0$0$0.00
Curtis Lofton-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Peterson-$1.5$0$0-$2.50

Advanced Stats from Week 9

Dropped Passes (1): White
Sacks Allowed (1): Blalock (0.5), Svitek (0.5)
Poor Throws (3): Ryan
QB Pressures Allowed (3): Svitek (1.5), Clabo (1), Blalock (0.5)
Missed Blocks (4): Baker, Clabo, Svitek, Gonzalez
QB Pressures (3): Abraham (2), Sidbury
Missed Tackles (3): Peterson, Lofton, Jackson

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