Moneyball – Week 16 Review

I’m late with this review. I’ll blame the hectic holidays for the main reason why it’s being posted a week later than it should have been. But also I think I was slightly depressed to re-watch this game, so I procrastinated a bit over this past weekend.

Not a very good game for the Falcons offense. Ryan had an OK game, but he didn’t get a ton of help from the ground game, his receivers, or the blocking up front. Haven’t looked it up, but it seems like collectively this was one of the worst blocked games we’ve seen from the front five. Both tackles Baker and Clabo had their struggles all night, and Peelle didn’t contribute much out on the edge either. Turner was basically a non-factor for most of the night. White was blanketed for most of the second half, and while Jenkins had one of his better games, it wasn’t enough to overcome his absence. Gonzo was practically invisible after destroying the Saints in Week 3. The offense wasn’t clicking and it just seemed like their inability to get much of anything moving on the ground was the primary culprit. There were too many third and longs that the passing game had to convert, and guys weren’t stepping up there.

It’s been beaten to death on this site’s forum, and I’m sure many others over the past week, but Mike Smith should have went for it on the 4th & 6 with under 3 minutes to go. I won’t go into detail here, but I just wanted that to be on the record.

Matt Ryan$6$3$0$0$0$0$9.00
Michael Turner$0$4$0$0$0-$2$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Roddy White$0$0$3-$1$0-$1$1.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$2$0$0-$1$1.00
Jason Snelling$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Michael Palmer$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$0$0.5$0$0.50
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0-$2$0.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$2-$2$0$0$0.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0-$2$0$0-$2.00

Defensively, the Falcons had a strong performance, able to get pressure on Brees throughout the game, but they stopped blitzing on what ultimately proved to be the Saints game-winning drive, and the Saints methodically marched the ball downfield for 90 yards for the win. Jonathan Babineaux had a very strong performance, although not truly reflected in these earnings. I counted at least 4 other plays where his penetration and ability to disrupt the backfield led other defenders to make plays. That doesn’t include the Davis interception. Abraham and Biermann both had good games. Williams and Nicholas also were able to get pressure on Brees, but he’s so elusive that it only resulted in one sack. DeCoud had a nice game, and Moore did too until he gave up the game-winning touchdown to Jimmy Graham. Lofton had one of his best performances in a long time, being very active vs. the run. Two of Robinson’s blown coverages came on the final drive, but up to that point neither he nor Grimes had great games, but pretty good thanks to the pressure up front.

John Abraham$5$0$0$5.00
Chauncey Davis$4$0$0$4.00
Brian Williams$3$0$0$3.00
Jonathan Babineaux$2$0$0$2.00
Kroy Biermann$2$0$0$2.00
Thomas DeCoud$2$0$0$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$2$0$2.00
Curtis Lofton$0.5$0$0$0.50
Erik Coleman$0$0.5$0$0.50
Stephen Nicholas-$0.5$1$0$0.50
Sean Weatherspoon$0$0$0$0.00
William Moore$0$0$0$0.00
Jamaal Anderson$0$0$0$0.00
Corey Peters-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Peterson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Brent Grimes-$2$0$0-$2.00
Dunta Robinson-$4$0$0-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 16:

Poor Throws (3): Ryan
Drops (3): Jenkins, Snelling, White
Key Blocks (2): Peelle, Palmer
Sacks Allowed (1): Baker
Missed Blocks (7): Clabo (3), Peelle (3), White (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (5): Baker (2), Dahl (1.5), Turner (1), Clabo (0.5)

Tackles for Loss (6):
Lofton (2.5), DeCoud (1), Peterson (1), Abraham (0.5), Biermann (0.5), Nicholas (0.5)
QB Sacks (1): Abraham
QB Pressures (6): Babineaux (2), Abraham (1.5), Biermann (1.5), Williams (1)
Passes Defended (3): DeCoud, Moore, Robinson
Blown Coverages (8): Robinson (4), Grimes (2), Moore (1), Nicholas (1)
Missed Tackles (2): Lofton, Robinson
Key Blocked (6): Lofton (2), Peterson (2), Nicholas (1), Peters (1)

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