Moneyball – Week 15 Review

Matt Ryan had another solid game. Not spectacular, but efficient, which is what you look for on the road. Michael Turner had a nice game on the ground, particularly getting better as the game started to wear on and the Seahawks defense wore down. Roddy White and Michael Jenkins both had good games. i think this might have been the first game that Tony Gonzalez did not earn anything as a receiver, but I guess he made up for it with a key block. The blocking was hit and miss. Dahl struggled. The Falcons had some issues with Raheem Brock stunting, as he was able to clobber Matt Ryan on two plays like that. Overall, offensively it wasn’t a standout performance, but they made the plays they needed to in order to win.

Michael Turner$0$12$0$0$0$0$12.00
Matt Ryan$10$1$0$0$0$0$11.00
Roddy White$0$0$5$0$0$0$5.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$5$0$0$0$5.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$2.5$0$2.50
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$0$1$0$1.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$2$0$0-$2$0.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$1$0$0$0.00
Harry Douglas$0-$1$1$0$0$0$0.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$1-$1$0-$1-$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0-$2$0$0-$2.00

The success of the offense for once probably was more dependent on the defense. The turnovers created favorable field position for the team, creating 10 points off turnovers, and another 7 on the defensive touchdown. Babineaux had a good game in front of his mom, recovering the fumble forced by Anderson in the endzone for six, as well as being fairly disruptive. Grimes was a standout with 4 passes defended and an interception. Robinson also had a nice game on the other side, although he didn’t get his hand on the ball quite as much as his counterpart. Outside Brian Williams and William Moore’s contributions, it was a pretty mediocre effort from the rest of the defense. But if Grimes, Babs, etc. are going to make the plays they did, then you don’t need lights out play from everyone else.

Michael Koenen should get a lot of credit for his ability to make it so that Leon Washington wasn’t a factor in this game. Weems and Owens had some nice stops in coverage, but Koenen had three touchbacks on kickoffs and was able to pin the Seahawks deep twice, and was skying some of his punts which led to the good coverage.

Michael Koenen$0$6$0$6.00
Brent Grimes$5$0$0$5.00
Jonathan Babineaux$4$0$0$4.00
Jamaal Anderson$2.5$0$0$2.50
Brian Williams$2$0$0$2.00
Matt Bryant$0$2$0$2.00
Chris Owens$0$1.5$0$1.50
William Moore$2$0-$1$1.00
John Abraham$1$0$0$1.00
Dunta Robinson$1$0$0$1.00
Corey Peters$0.5$0$0$0.50
Curtis Lofton-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Mike Peterson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Thomas DeCoud-$1$0$0-$1.00
Kroy Biermann-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Sean Weatherspoon-$2.5$0$0-$2.50

Advanced Stats from Week 15:

Poor Throws (4): Ryan
Drops (1): White
Key Blocks (8): Baker (2), Blalock (1), Clabo (1), Dahl (1), Gonzalez (1), Finneran (1), Mughelli (1)
Sacks Allowed (1): Dahl
Missed Blocks (8): Dahl (2), Clabo (2), McClure (1), Mughelli (1), Peelle (1), Svitek (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (3): Baker, Dahl, McClure

Tackles for Loss (3): Babineaux (1), Peters (1), Anderson (0.5), Lofton (0.5)
QB Sacks (1): Abraham
QB Pressures (2): Babineaux, Williams
Passes Defended (5): Grimes (3), Robinson (1), Moore (1)
Blown Coverages (4): Grimes (1), DeCoud (1), Moore (1), Lofton (0.5), Weatherspoon (0.5)
Missed Tackles (1): Grimes
Key Blocked (8): Weatherspoon (2), Lofton (1.5), Babineaux (1), Biermann (1), Moore (1), Peterson (1), Peters (0.5)

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