Moneyball – Week 6 Review

This game was lost because of the huge deficit that the Eagles got early in this game. The defense looked completely lost early in the game, and didn’t get their act together until later in the game. By then, it was too late and the hole that the team had dug itself was too big to overcome.

It was not the strongest performance for Matt Ryan, particularly early on. He was inaccurate on a lot of throws. He probably had at least three or four passes that could have been picked off, although his lone interception wasn’t his fault (dropped by Gonzalez). He missed some reads on some blitzes, and looked like he was rattled early by the Eagles blitz, and checked the ball down to runners when he had receivers open downfield. Not sure why he was so rattled, as I only counted him getting hit four times the entire game (last week he was hit that many times in the first quarter). Michael Turner had some nice runs, and the running game was a little bit more successful after the first quarter, but it was too little too late. Roddy White had a nice game, and Michael Jenkins probably had his one of his best games in his career in his first week back from a shoulder injury. It certainly was the best game he’s had since at least the ’08 season. Hopefully it’s a sign of more things to come rather than a one-week aberration. Gonzalez was held in check for the most part despite catching two touchdown passes. The blocking struggled early on, particularly on the left side of the line. Justin Blalock really struggled in pass protection, and Sam Baker didn’t do much better. Both players picked up their games as it wore on, but for the most part the line was dominated in this game.

Michael Jenkins$0$1$6$1$0$0$8.00
Michael Turner$0$7$0$0$0$0$7.00
Roddy White$0$0$7-$1$0$0$6.00
Matt Ryan$7$0$0$0$0-$2$5.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2.5$0$0$2.50
Jason Snelling$0$1$0$0$0.5$0$1.50
Harry Douglas$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0$1$0$1.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$0.5$0$0$0.50
Todd McClure$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0-$2$0$0-$2.00

Defensively, the team looked really bad early in the game. Things got better as they were able to make adjustments, but in the end it was their worst performance to date. The middle of the field was open all day and the pass rush was nonexistent which is why Kevin Kolb was able to complete almost 80% of his passes. The Falcons had players out of position, making mental errors, and the zone was ineffective. The run defense stepped up as the game wore on. They gave up 154 yards total, but 77 of those yards came in the first quarter. in the second and third quarters combined, the Eagles rushed the ball 11 times for 11 total yards. Then in the fourth quarter late, the defense looked a little worn giving up 41 yards on 7 rushes.  As I said earlier, the pass rush was non-existent as Kolb was pressured only twice by my count and sacked once. The other pressure by Biermann was negated by holding call on King Dunlap. You know it’s bad when Jamaal Anderson and Peria Jerry are the only guys that register in that realm.  If any defensive performances stand out, I would have to say Jonathan Babineaux, Brent Grimes, and William Moore had relatively strong games. Nobody else really played too well, although the biggest goats are probably Curtis Lofton, Thomas DeCoud, and John Abraham.

On special teams, Michael Koenen might have had the worst game punting of his career. His short kicks in the first quarter gave the Eagles really favorable field position which didn’t make the defense’s job any easier. He got slightly better as the game wore on. I did notice that his first good punt, was returned 44 yards, which negated his 47-yard punt. So even if he had been kicking the ball deeper, I’m not sure the coverage would have held up to make it worthwhile. The wind certainly could have been a factor, but I don’t think it was that much a factor that his first three punts couldn’t even go 40 yards.

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

Advanced Stats from Week 6:

Poor Throws (8): Ryan
Drops (2): Douglas, Gonzalez
Key Blocks (3): Mughelli (1), Jenkins (1), Clabo (0.5), Dahl (0.5)
Sacks Allowed (2): Blalock, Dahl
Missed Blocks (6): McClure (2), Blalock (1), Finneran (1), Mughelli (1), White (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (4): Baker (3), Blalock (1)

Tackles for Loss (10): Babineaux (2.5), Abraham (1), Biermann (1), Grimes (1), Nicholas (1), Moore (1), Lofton (1), Peterson (1), Walker (0.5)
QB Sacks (1): Jerry
QB Pressures (1): Anderson
Passes Defended (4): Grimes (1), Babineaux (1), Lofton (1), Robinson (1)
Blown Coverages (9): Lofton (3), Grimes (2), Moore (1), Nicholas (1), Peterson (1), DeCoud (0.5), Owens (0.5)
Missed Tackles (3): Nicholas (1), Owens (1), Lofton (0.5), DeCoud (0.5)
Key Blocked (9): Peters (3), Biermann (2), Lofton (1), Peterson (1), Nicholas (1), Moore (1)

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