Moneyball – Week 17 Review

A good year overall for the Falcons.Their play down the stretch was solid, and I definitely like their chances going forward.

Offensively, this was not a great performance for the Falcons. A fumble by Turner in the redzone, two failed fourth down conversions. They were able to move the ball at will vs. the Panthers for most of the game, but just didn’t finish a few drives. But they still managed 31 points, so there isn’t too much to complain about. Ryan had some inaccuracy issues early in the game, but overall had a strong performance. He was able to spread the ball to a bunch of receivers. As for the blocking, it was pretty good, but nothing special. Baker looked bad on a few plays. Blalock had a nice game. Hawley got his first extensive action but was just so-so in garbage time. I was a little disappointed with how inept the 2nd team offense looked in the fourth quarter, as it was a performance straight out of a preseason game. But hopefully we will never have that many backups on the field again, at least not until August.

Matt Ryan$12$2$0$0$0-$1$13.00
Jason Snelling$0$3$2$0$0.5$0$5.50
Michael Turner$0$9-$1-$1$0-$2$5.00
Roddy White$0$0$5$0$0$0$5.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$3$1$0$0$4.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$2$1$0$0$3.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$3$0$3.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$2$0$0$0.5$0$2.50
Brian Finneran$0$0$2$0$0.5$0$2.50
Harry Douglas$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$1.5$0$0$1.50
Todd McClure$0$0$0$1.5$0$0$1.50
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Chris Redman$1$0$0$0$0$0$1.00
Joe Hawley$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$0$0-$1-$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$2$0-$1-$3.00

A good performance by the defense, although obviously the questions are raised that was it a strong defensive performance or just more Panthers offensive ineptitude? Babineaux and Abraham had good games up front, being active vs. the run. Peters also played well in one of his more disruptive games. The team got some contributes from Jerry and Anderson in the pass rush as well, particularly later in the game. William Moore seemed like he was on a mission to end Jonathan Stewart’s career with his really hard hits. Robinson had his first pick of the season, but other than that it seemed like he was going through the motions for a big chunk of the game. DeCoud made some nice plays also. It is concerning that the Falcons got smoked on two big end-arounds to the same side, reminiscent of the big play vs. Philadelphia, which makes you think more teams will try and copy that going forward.

Congrats to Weems by getting his first career punt return for a touchdown.

Jonathan Babineaux$3.5$0$0$3.50
John Abraham$3$0$0$3.00
Michael Koenen$0$3$0$3.00
William Moore$2$0$0$2.00
Thomas DeCoud$1.5$0$0$1.50
Peria Jerry$1$0$0$1.00
Matt Bryant$0$1$0$1.00
Brian WIlliams$0$1$0$1.00
Stephen Nicholas$0.5$0$0$0.50
Kroy Biermann$0.5$0$0$0.50
Chris Owens$0$0.5$0$0.50
Jamaal Anderson$1$0-$1$0.00
Corey Peters$0$0$0$0.00
Curtis Lofton$0$0$0$0.00
Chauncey Davis-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Peterson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon-$1$0$0-$1.00
Dunta Robinson-$1$0$0-$1.00
Brent Grimes-$1$0-$1-$2.00

Advanced Stats from Week 17:

Poor Throws (3): Ryan
Drops (2): Gonzalez, Turner
Key Blocks (7): Blalock, Dahl, Hawley, McClure, Gonzalez, Peelle, Turner
Sacks Allowed (1): Baker
Missed Blocks (6): Baker (2), Blalock (1.5), Dahl (1), Hawley (1), McClure (0.5)
QB Pressures Allowed (2): Dahl, McClure

Tackles for Loss (7): Abraham (2), Babineaux (1.5), Moore (1), Nicholas (1), Peterson (1), DeCoud (0.5)
QB Sacks (3): Abraham, Babineaux, Jerry
QB Pressures (2): Anderson, DeCoud
Passes Defended (3): Biermann, Grimes, Peterson
Blown Coverages (5): Robinson (2), Grimes (1), Davis (1), Weatherspoon (1)
Missed Tackles (0)
Key Blocked (8): Peterson (2), Nicholas (1.5), Grimes (1), DeCoud (1), Peters (1), Robinson (1), Biermann (0.5)

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