Moneyball – Week 9 Review

Ryan had another solid day, doing an excellent job managing the game. He was accurate, made good decisions, and was on the money most of the day. The team did particularly well on third downs. Ryan was able to spread the ball around to multiple receivers, although it was disappointing that Harry Douglas did not get a reception. The running game didn’t get off to a great start, but picked up as the game wore on. Turner was solid. Snelling has continued to be an afterthought in the offense, partly due to the strong play of Turner as of late. Well, at least that means in the second half of the year he should be very fresh. But he still managed to contribute in the passing game. The blocking was solid. Most of the pressures came at the end of the first half when the Bucs dialed up their blitzes and there were a few breakdowns in the Falcons protections. Blalock had one of his better games.

Michael Turner$0$18$0$0$0$0$18.00
Matt Ryan$15$1$0$0$0$0$16.00
Jason Snelling$0$2$3$1$0$0$6.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Michael Palmer$0$0$3$0$0$0$3.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$2$1$0$0$3.00
Roddy White$0$0$3$0$0-$1$2.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$3-$1$0$0$2.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$2$0-$1$1.00

A nice defensive effort all around because the Falcons made plays when they needed to. In the first half, the blitz struggled, but things picked up in the second half. The two turnovers were pivotal to the win. Not a great day for Brent Grimes or Stephen Nicholas. Grimes was targeted and beat 4 times on 3rd downs, which were the only receptions he gave up. Nicholas did very little positive, and it’s clear the team is really missing Sean Weatherspoon. But at least in Grimes case, he made up for it with a nice INT to halt a Bucs drive. Jamaal Anderson might have had his best game as a Falcon. He didn’t get credit for it, but his ability to get penetration on the final play was critical to allowing Thomas DeCoud to stuff LeGarrette Blount and force the turnover on downs to get the W. Biermann and Babineaux also had nice games. Peterson also had one of the better games he’s had in a long time.

Michael Koenen had a nice game. He wasn’t asked to do much as a punter, but did a good job pinning the Bucs deep within their own territory on 2 of his 3 punts. And he nailed a couple of kickoffs that should  have been touchbacks, but the Bucs returners were able to pick up big chunks of yards. The coverage has been suspect too often this season.

Jonathan Babineaux$3$0$0$3.00
Michael Koenen$0$4-$1$3.00
Jamaal Anderson$2.5$0$0$2.50
Mike Peterson$2.5$0$0$2.50
Kroy Biermann$2$0$0$2.00
Matt Bryant$0$2$0$2.00
Corey Peters$1$0$0$1.00
John Abraham$1$0$0$1.00
Thomas DeCoud$1$0$0$1.00
William Moore$1$0-$2$1.00
Peria Jerry$1$0$0$1.00
Brian Williams$0.5$1-$1$0.50
Curtis Lofton$0$0$0$0.00
Vance Walker-$1$0$0-$1.00
Dunta Robinson-$2$0$0-$2.00
Brent Grimes-$2.5$0$0-$2.50
Stephen Nicholas-$4$0$0-$4.00

Advanced Stats from Week 9:

Poor Throws (3): Ryan
Drops (1): Gonzalez
Key Blocks (12): Mughelli (3), Blalock (2), Clabo (2), Dahl (1), McClure (1), Gonzalez (1), Snelling (1), Finneran (1)
Sacks Allowed (0)
Missed Blocks (6): Clabo (2), Gonzalez (2), Blalock (1), Mughelli (1)
QB Pressures Allowed (4): Dahl (2), Blalock (1), McClure (1)

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

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