Many would probably skip this game and get ready for the regular season but this game was important because it foreshadowed a lot of the decisions that were made on cutdown day.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Norwood (7/11), Snelling (11/50), Vincent (9/22), Ar. Harris (8/18), McIntyre (1/3), Redman (2/0), and Bramlet (2/6). Impact Runs (4 yards or more)-Norwood 1, Snelling 6, Vincent 3, Ar. Harris 2. Best day easily belonged to Snelling and while Norwood didn’t shine running the ball, he made his impact with 3 receptions for 29 yards and the only TD.
Breakdown of passes:
Redman: 13/23, 119 yards, 1 TD/0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 bad throws, 3 defended passes, 1 throw away, and 4 drops. The drops killed the numbers plain and simple. Redman has really stepped it up the past 2 games.
Bramlet: 4/7, 68 yards, 0 TD/ 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 bad throws and 1 drop. Not sure how far he can go but I do think Bramlet has heart and the arm to make it at this level.
Drops (5): Marshall 2 (3), Milner 1 (4), Fells 1 (1) and Weems 1 (1). I hope Milner is only used in blocking situations because his hands are consistently bad. Marshall really had issues hanging on to the ball in the game as well. 1 was thrown just a little behind him but it’s still a play he needs to make.
Sack responsibility (2): Redman was not sacked in this game. Bramlet was sacked twice. Foster got beat on the first one (most likely fatigue more than anything) and Ar. Harris missed a block for the second.
Pass blocking: Protection was very good overall.
YTD Sacks (8):
Ar. Harris 1.0
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Only 45 yards rushing. Outstanding job!
Pass Defense: Looked more like bend don’t break and came up with stops when needed except for 1 long pass early. Still nervous about the secondary. Jimmy Williams played significantly better in this game making several nice plays.
5 sacks: Wilkins, Mallard, T. Jackson, Carrington and T.Williams each had a sack.
Weems had 2 kickoff returns for 34 and 27 yards. Very nice job. Kinoshita had 1 return for 24 yards.
Amey had 4 punt returns for 7, 13, 2 and 15 yards.
Koenen had 7 punts: 1-39 yards to the BAL 16, no return. 2-61 yards to the BAL 32, 9 yard return. 3-34 yards to BAL 11, no return. 4-44 yards to the BAL 47, no return. 5-44 yards to the BAL 22, 10 yard return. 6-45 yards to the BAL 19, no return. 7-52 yards to the BAL 35, 2 yard return. 3 inside the 20 and 42.3 net average, very nice day.
Kickoffs: Prater had 4 kickoffs: 1- to the endzone, touchback. 2- to the 9, returned to the BAL 20. 3- to the endzone, returned to the BAL 16 and penalized for holding back to the 8. 4- to the endzone, touchback. Very impressive job with both hangtime and distance.
Field Goals: Prater hit 2/3. Good from 33, 45 and missed a 44 yarder. The snap and hold appeared to be fine.
Special Teams coverage: Very nice, Antoine Harris was all over the place.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Secondary coverage needs to tighten up, this could be a matter of not completely exposing Zimmer’s scheme.
2. WR’s need to hang on to the ball.
3. Win the season opener.
Offensive MVP: Chris Redman
Defensive MVP: Chris Houston (8 tackles, 1 pass defended and the game ending INT)
Special Teams MVP: Jordan Beck (3 tackles)
Goat of the Week: Wide Receivers
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: AT Minnesota, September 9th!