Moneyball – Week 2 Review

There isn’t a whole lot to this game. The Cardinals got behind early, thanks to penalties, and could not dig themselves out of the hole. The Falcons played well, but it wasn’t exactly as strong a performance as the score indicates.

Their biggest success on offense was their running game. Now, that was a strong performance. The Falcons dominated in the line of scrimmage and basically could dictate their will on  the Cardinal defnese in the trenches and on the ground. Snelling had a great game, and Turner had a great game, but was limited to basically playing only a quarter. Had he finished the game, he probably would have to put numbers as good as Snelling. Ryan had a nice game. He made the plays and throws he needed to get the ball moving. The blocking was excellent, as Ryan barely felt any pressure all game, and all the blockers were able to move the  line of scrimmage several times down the field on the ground.

If there was any negative offensively, it was the fact that the Falcons were called for a number of penalties. I don’t think this was a well officiated game, and I think a bunch of ticky tack calls were made throughout this game.

Jason Snelling$0$23$5$0$0$0$28.00
Michael Turner$0$10$0$0$0$0$10.00
Matt Ryan$9$1$0$0$0-$2$8.00
Roddy White$0$0$6$1$0-$1$6.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$2$0$3$1-$2$4.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$4$0$0$4.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$2$1$0$0$3.00
Harry Douglas$0$0$2$1$0$0$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$3$0$0-$2$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$1$0$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$2$0-$3-$1.00

The Falcons defense had a good game. They was consistent pressure on Derek Anderson. The defensive backs played well. The only negative was the 80-yard run, and it’s something that needs to be checked because the Falcons have given up big running plays two weeks in a row. Babineaux had a very good game in his first week back. William Moore had a nice game in his first start, although he was flagged once for a late hit and was caught out of position on the big 80-yard run. But his interception and hit on Anderson sort of make up for it. Robinson had a nice game as well in coverage, breaking up two passes on third down (one on the hail mary at the end of the half).

Jonathan Babineaux$4$0$0$4.00
Dunta Robinson$3$0$0$3.00
Dominique Franks$2$0$0$2.00
Chris Owens$2$0$0$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$2$0$2.00
Matt Bryant$0$2$0$2.00
John Abraham$2$0-$1$1.00
Jamaal Anderson$1$0$0$1.00
Kroy Biermann$1$0$0$1.00
Chauncey Davis$1$0$0$1.00
Peria Jerry$1$0$0$1.00
Stephen Nicholas$1$0$0$1.00
William Moore$2.67$0-$2$0.67
Coy Wire$0$0.5$0$0.50
Brian Williams$0$0.5$0$0.50
Brent Grimes$0$0$0$0.00
Sean Weatherspoon$0.67$0-$1-$0.33
Thomas DeCoud-$1$0$0-$1.00
Curtis Lofton-$1.33$0$0-$1.33

Advanced Stats from Week 2:

Poor Throws (6): Ryan
Drops (0)
Key Blocks (14):
Blalock (3), Mughelli (3), Baker (1), McClure (1), Dahl (1), Clabo (1), Gonzalez (1), White (1), Douglas (1), Peelle (1)
Sacks Allowed (1): Clabo
Missed Blocks (2): Baker, Blalock
QB Pressures Allowed (0)

Tackles for Loss (2): Jerry, Davis
QB Sacks (1): Weatherspoon
QB Pressures (3): Abraham, Babineaux, Biermann
Passes Defended (3): Robinson (2), Grimes (1)
Blown Coverages (1): Robinson
Missed Tackles (2): Lofton, Grimes
Key  Blocked (2): DeCoud (1), Lofton (0.33), Weatherspoon (0.33), Moore (0.33)

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Aaron Freeman
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