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Falcons are among the most efficient teams when playing 4 or 5 WR sets

Good ol' Football Outsiders split up their DVOA Stats according to the number of WRs used. Atlanta was okay with run-oriented formations with one or zero WRs, as well as with 3 WR sets. They were pretty good when throwing to 2 WRs. But when lining up with four or five wideouts, Atlanta's DVOA was a staggering 45.1 %, ahead of the usual "versatile passing offense"-trademarks like Green Bay and New Orleans, and good for fourth place in the NFL. Of course, a look at the frequency shows us, that we used those sets in only 6% of our snaps. This can be interpreted as "We used our best formations the least! Fire Mularkey!", but also as "Those formations were so effective because they were not used so often/had an element of surprise to them/weren't scouted or gameplanned against so much." Either way, those numbers are one more reason to look forward to Julio Jones. Even without him, we looked good when spreading the field. The Coaches maybe realized how good Matt Ryan is, when he has many options to throw to, and plan to expand the playbook accordingly.

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