Moneyball – Week 11 Review

Offensively, this wasn’t a stellar performance from the Falcons like we’ve seen in recent weeks. But it was solid, and would qualify as doing enough to get the job done. Ryan played well. The running game really didn’t start to get going until the second half, when they had worn down the Rams defense. Roddy White had another solid day, and the Falcons were able to get key contributions from Jenkins, Gonzo, Peelle, Finneran, and there was even an Eric Weems sighting on offense. Odd to see Douglas not being in the mix, and you have to wonder just how much a factor he is going to be down the stretch.

Blocking was pretty good. They didn’t get a ton of push in the ground game, but enough throughout most of the game to make the running game somewhat effective. Pass protection was solid, with Ryan only seeing a little bit of pressure.

Michael Turner$0$15$0$0$0$0$15.00
Matt Ryan$12$1$0$0$0$0$13.00
Roddy White$0$0$8$0$0-$3$5.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$4$0$0$4.00
Eric Weems$0$0$2$0$1.5$0$3.50
Michael Jenkins$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$3$0$0-$1$2.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$2$0$0-$1$1.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00

Defensively, the Falcons did well on third downs, as the Rams were unable to convert (1 for 10). But other than that there isn’t a lot to really like. They didn’t play poorly, but I wouldn’t call this a standout defensive performance. The key play was the INT from Moore at the goallline that prevented the Rams from cutting the lead to 2 points with 3 minutes to go. You wonder if the Rams had scored, would they had gone for the onside (my bet is yes), and be in a situation where they could have kicked the go-ahead FG with only a minute or so left on the clock for Ryan and the offense to work its magic. But thanks to William Moore we didn’t have to deal with that situation. Brent Grimes had a solid game. Peria Jerry had the best game of his career, making up for the fact that Babineaux didn’t do much. The Falcons felt the absence of Abraham, as they didn’t get a lot of pressure. Guys like Davis and Anderson showed more pass rush ability than we’ve typically seen to date from them, but they didn’t really make any of the impact plays that Abe makes.

Matt Bryant$0$4$0$4.00
William Moore$3$0$0$3.00
Brent Grimes$3$0$0$3.00
Peria Jerry$3$0$0$3.00
Brian Williams$2$0$0$2.00
Corey Peters$2$0$0$2.00
Stephen Nicholas$1$1$0$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$2$0$2.00
Vance Walker$1$0$0$1.00
Coy Wire$0$1$0$1.00
Curtis Lofton$0$0$0$0.00
Jonathan Babineaux$0$0$0$0.00
Jamaal Anderson$0$0$0$0.00
Kroy Biermann-$1$0.5$0-$0.50
Thomas DeCoud-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Petrson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Dunta Robinson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon-$1$0$0-$1.00

Advanced Stats from Week 11

Poor Throws (7): Ryan
Drops (1): Gonzalez
Key Blocks (6): Dahl (2), Baker (1), Clabo (1), Mughelli (1), Svitek (1)
Sacks Allowed (0)
Missed Blocks (2):
Baker, McClure
QB Pressures Allowed (1): Snelling

Tackles for Loss (6): Grimes, Jerry, Nicholas, Peterson, Peters, Walker
QB Sacks (0)
QB Pressures (4):
Biermann, Lofton, Moore, Jerry
Passes Defended (5): Grimes (2), Jerry (1), Moore (1), Peterson (1)
Blown Coverages (5): Grimes (2), Robinson (1), DeCoud (1), Peterson (1)
Missed Tackles (1): Moore
Key Blocked (5): Biermann (2), Peterson (1), Lofton (1), Weatherspoon (1)

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