Moneyball – Week 3 Review

This really was an epic game. So much tension that really drained me as I watched this one. There were instances where both teams were in a position to put the game away and they didn’t, but the Falcons won this one in the end. A nice statement game that should put the rest of the NFC on notice.

This was the best passing performance of Matt Ryan (in terms of Moneyball earnings) since he earned $15 in Week 2 of last year, and when you factor in the $4 he added on the ground scrambling, it matched his best game. He didn’t have his first poor throw until 5 minutes left in the third quarter and it was his 22nd pass attempt. Turner and Snelling were very strong on the ground, combining for a strong $22. Thanks in large part to Ovie Mughelli who was just downright sick in this game with his blocking, picking up 6.5 key blocks. There were so many plays where Mughelli’s ability to pick up the linebacker freed up both backs for big runs.  And while the offensive line certainly did their part, they were a bit too many breakdowns to say it was a great game. Namely for the left side of the line as neither Sam Baker or Justin Blalock had strong games. Baker was flagged for a false start, but it was really Blalock that actually jumped. Along with Mughelli, Gonzalez was lights out this game. He was unstoppable on third down, finishing the game with 5 conversions. Roddy White was fairly quiet for most of the game, but made two big plays on the Falcons final scoring drive in regulation.

Matt Ryan$13$4$0$0$0$0$17.00
MIchael Turner$0$13$0$0$0$0$13.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$9$2$0$0$11.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$4$5.5$0$0$9.50
Jason Snelling$0$9$0$0$0$0$9.00
Roddy White$0$0$5$0$0-$1$4.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$4$0$0$4.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$2.5$0-$1$1.50
Todd McClure$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$1$0$1.00
Harry Douglas$0$0-$1$0$0$0-$1.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$0$0-$2-$2.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$2$0-$1-$3.00

Defensively, the Falcons weren’t great, but did enough to make some key plays early and keep the Saints offense out of the endzone enough to win. Babineaux had a great game, although at the end he only got credited with a sack and a pressure. Jamaal Anderson had a strong performance, and could have had another pressure negated by Brees being Brees. Biermann was quiet until he got a pressure on  Brees on the Saints second to last offensive play. Brees couldn’t get enough on a throw to Lance Moore with 12 seconds left that could have won the game. They eventually had to settle for the game-tying field goal. Curtis Lofton didn’t have a great game, although he made two nice tackles for loss on that final drive in regulation.  But he missed a few tackles and got beat in coverage a few times. I also credited him with a pass interference that was called on Mike Peterson that I think the refs got the number wrong. DeCoud also didn’t have a great game either, although his numbers aren’t bad because he probably got a bit of help from the refs as there were two times he could have been flagged (late hit and P.I.) that the refs didn’t call him.

Special teams, Bryant did an excellent job on that final kick. With the two botched attempts, there was no way that someone like Jason Elam could have made it after that many distractions. And coverage wasn’t good, but Koenen did his best to prevent it from being an issue later in the game with kickoffs that were touchbacks and forcing fair catches on punts.

Michael Koenen$0$3$0$3.00
Jonathan Babineaux$2$0$0$2.00
Jamaal Anderson$2$0$0$2.00
Matt Bryant$0$2$0$2.00
Kroy Biermann$1$0$0$1.00
John Abraham$1$0$0$1.00
Mike Peterson$1$0$0$1.00
Thomas DeCoud$1$0$0$1.00
Chauncey Davis$1$0$0$1.00
Shann Schillinger$0$1$0$1.00
Dunta Robinson$0$0$0$0.00
Brent Grimes$0$0$0$0.00
Peria Jerry$0$0-$1-$1.00
Corey Peters-$1$0$0-$1.00
Chris Owens-$1$0$0-$1.00
Sean Weatherspoon-$2$0$0-$2.00
William Moore-$3$0$0-$3.00
Curtis Lofton-$2$0-$2-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 3:

Poor Throws (2): Ryan
Drops (1): Douglas
Key Blocks (13): Mughelli (6.5), Clabo (2), Gonzalez (2), Dahl (1.5), Blalock (1)
Sacks Allowed (2): Baker
Missed Blocks (6): Blalock (2), Baker, Dahl, McClure, Mughelli
QB Pressures Allowed (2): Blalock

Tackles for Loss (5): Lofton (2), Anderson, Peterson, Robinson
QB Sacks (2): Abraham, Babineaux
QB Pressures (3): Anderson, Babineaux, Biermann
Passes Defended (0)
Blown Coverages (9): Grimes (2), Lofton (2), Moore (2), Owens (1), Peterson (1), DeCoud (0.5), Weatherspoon (0.5)
Missed Tackles (1): Lofton
Key Blocked (3): Peters, Robinson, Weatherspoon

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