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Falcons vs. Packers Week 14 Snap Counts

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The Falcons do some weird things on defense against the Packers.

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The Falcons fought to the end, came up just short and lost. We all know it, we lauded their courageous effort, and now it's nearly time to move on.

First, though, we've got to go with our weekly tradition and share the Falcons' snap counts with you. Buckle up.

Offense

Matt Ryan: 67 (100%)
Levine Toilolo: 67
Jake Matthews: 67
James Stone: 67
Justin Blalock: 67
Ryan Schraeder: 67
Roddy White: 63
Jon Asamoah: 58
Harry Douglas: 51
Julio Jones: 47
Steven Jackson: 33
Jacquizz Rodgers: 21
Eric Weems: 13
Devin Hester: 13
Devonta Freeman: 13
Gabe Carimi: 13
Patrick DiMarco: 8
Bear Pascoe: 2

No surprises here, except Jon Asamoah only playing 58. It appears Gabe Carimi took some of his usual jumbo tackle snaps and also filled in for Asamoah at right guard. Devin Hester's snaps continue to fall, while Jacquizz Rodgers took a larger share this week as the Falcons used him more as a blocker and runner.

Defense

Paul Worrilow: 68 (100%)
Desmond Trufant: 68
Dwight Lowery: 68
Robert McClain: 62
Kroy Biermann: 56
Kemal Ishmael: 52
Josh Wilson: 49
Jonathan Babineaux: 46
Malliciah Goodman: 41
Corey Peters: 37
Joplo Bartu: 36
Tyson Jackson: 35
Paul Soliai: 35
Prince Shembo: 23
Cliff Matthews: 23
Dezmen Southward: 16
William Moore: 13
Osi Umenyiora: 9
Jonathan Massaquoi: 7
Ra'Shede Hageman: 3
Javier Arenas: 1

The Falcons continue to do some bizarre things on defense, where a very good Packers offense bludgeoned them for 43 points and boatloads of yards. Jonathan Massaquoi is all but out of the pass rushing rotation despite his quick stretch of success, Hageman's snap count is decreasing despite an injury to Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson's limited effectiveness and Javier Arenas can't get on the field despite Robert McClain's ongoing struggles. None of this worked, and I think you can make a decent case that more of Kemal Ishmael's snaps should have gone to Dezmen Southward, who already has better coverage chops in deep passing situations.

The defense is a muddle, in other words. Nothing Mike Nolan tries seems to work, but the persistent insistence on giving the lion's share of snaps to unproductive veterans at the expense of lesser-known quantities certainly isn't helping. I'm not guaranteeing those players would be better, necessarily, but when the failures are already obvious, you try something different.

Special Teams

Nate Stupar: 25
Javier Arenas: 23
Eric Weems: 19
Drew Davis: 18
Prince Shembo: 17
Matt Bosher: 15
Harland Gunn: 15
Cliff Matthews: 15
Dezmen Southward: 14
Tyson Jackson: 14
Josh Wilson: 14
Jacquizz Rodgers: 13
Robert McClain: 11
Devin Hester: 10
Kroy Biermann: 10
Patrick DiMarco: 10
Josh Harris: 8
Matt Bryant: 6

Again, no surprises here. The coverage unit is gelling nicely, and Matt Bryant and Matt Bosher continue to do quality work, even if Bosher's onside kicks couldn't quite save the day.

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