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Aaron Rodgers Vs Atlanta Pass Defense: Can we force him to Dink and Dunk Again?

Stats can be misleading but Tape doesn't lie. I watched the Packers game again on NFL Rewind specifically focused on our Pass defense vs.  GB offense which is one of the Hottest and Best NFC Pass Offense (as per ESPN) ever to play.

All I hear in the media is Aaron Rodgers had a big game with 344 Yards (Avg 13.23 yards) and torched our secondary without a running attack compared  to Matt Ryan(197 Yards). The conclusion is Matt Ryan did dink and dunk and Aaron Rodgers was torching our secondary and we didn't have an answer.

Not so fast in fact Aaron Rodgers was dinking and dunking whole game with Flea flickers which went for 30+ Yards. Let's take a deeper look in to the numbers.

Player

TA

Rec

% Comp

Yards

YAC

Long

Avg.

TD

Int

PDef  by Falcons

20+ Plays

Aaron Rodgers

35

26

74.2%

344

191

35*

13.23

1

0

2

5

1.     1.   Yards after Catch (YAC): GB had 191 YAC which is approximately 55% of the total yards. If you remove YAC the Avg becomes 5.88 Yards/Rec.  The Falcons secondary did a good job in limiting Big Play Throws and it was more or less dink and dunk by Aaron Rodgers.

2.      Long Plays:  The 5 plays longer than 20 yards were 35,34,31,30 and 28.   If you add up the long play yards it's about 158 Yards and YAC in those plays was 99 Yards. The average yards for the 5 long plays if you remove YAC is 11.6. There was only one pass thrown by Rodgers longer than 20 yards if you remove the YAC.

3.       The YAC was high because of the scheme and also because of poor tackling. The Pass defense missed 6 tackles and most of them went for long gains. This is a great opportunity for the defense to improve on.

4.       Starks might help them in short Yardage situation but I wonder how much more improvement he can bring when most of the Yards we gave up were YAC in the middle or on the edges.

Bottom-line: The Falcons would want to take the deep throws away and make Rodgers Dink and dunk similar to last time but limit YAC. This is how you contain Rodgers.  I am not sure if Blitz is going to help. BVG and Mike Smith please bring on the chess game with some extra wrinkles.

I have included the stats for the defense in the pass coverage.  DR was probably our best DB in the game.

Player

Snaps

Penalties

TA

Rec

% Comp

Yards

YAC

Long

Avg.

TD

Int

PD

20+ Plays

MT

Dunta Robinson

60

0-0

2

2

100%

30

27

30

15

0

0

0

1

1

Brent Grimes

58

0-0

9

7

77.77%

108

47

31

15.42

0

0

0

2

2

Brian Williams

49

1-1

3

3

100%

59

35

35

19.66

0

0

0

1

1

DeCoud

59

0-0

6

4

66.6%

33

11

10

8.25

1

0

1

0

William Moore

1-0

2

2

100%

10

10

9

5.0

0

0

0

0

Sean Weatherspoon

49

0-0

4

4

100%

50

32

19

12.5

0

0

0

0

2

Curtis Lofton

61

0-0

4

2

50%

43

29

34

21.5

0

0

1

1

Stephen Nicholas

37

0-0

2

2

100%

11

0

6

5.5

0

0

0

0

Kroy Bierman

46

0-0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Coy Wire

3

0-0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

35

26

74.2%

344

191

35*

13.23

1

0

2

5

6

I have also included some stats on the DB Vs Receivers. Please go ahead and start a debate with your own conclusions

ATL Player

Jennings

James Jones

Jordy Nelson

Brandon Jackson

Donald Driver

John Khun

Brett Swain

Andrew Quarless

Total

Dunta Robinson

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:30

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards: 0

TA:2 Rec:2 Yards:30

Brent Grimes

TA:2 Rec:2 Yards:20

TA:4 Rec:2 Yards:12

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:28

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:17

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:31

TA:9 Rec:7 Yards:108

DeCoud

TA:1 Rec:0

Yards:0 PD:1

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:0

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:10

TD:1

TA:1 Rec:1

Yards:9

TA:1 Rec:1

Yards:9

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:5

TA:6  Rec:4

Yards:33 TD:1 PD:1

Brain Williams

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:35

TA:1 Rec:1

Yards:5

TA:1

Rec:1 Yards:19

TA:3

Rec:3

Yards:59

William Moore

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:9

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:1

TA:2 Rec:2 Yards:10

Sean Weatherspoon

TA:1 Rec:1

Yards:18

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:12

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:9

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:11

TA :4 Rec:4 Yards:50

Curtis Lofton

TA:3 Rec:1

Yards:34 PD:1

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:9

TA:4 Rec:2 Yards:43 PD:1

Stephen Nicholas

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:5

TA:1 Rec:1 Yards:6

TA:2 Rec:2 Yards:11

Kroy Bierman

TA:1 Rec:0

Yards:0

TA:! Rec:1 Yards:0

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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