Despite the 6-1 record, many fans were less than pleased with the "win" against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. The 10-7 score seemed too close for what looked like an "easy" win. Fans openly questioned some of the play calling while also expressing concern with Matt Ryan's accuracy and decision making - things he's known for excelling at. With that said, the team did escape with a win and the PFF scores are reflective of that, even if there are some surprises mixed in. Here are some of the notable scores from the game.
The best performers on offense on Sunday were on the right side of the offensive line. Right tackle Ryan Schraeder had the highest score, with a +3.1 overall. Both his pass blocking (+1.8) and run blocking (+1.0) were very strong for the afternoon. Next to him, RG Chris Chester scored a +3.0, fueled by his dominant +3.1 run blocking score. Devonta Freeman continues to be an absolute beast, and his +2.8 overall score is evidence of that. In what may be a confusing score to some, QB Matt Ryan pulled down a +1.6 overall, which was matched by favorite target WR Julio Jones. Other notable scores: LT Jake Matthews (+0.5), C Mike Person (+0.4), TE Levine Toilolo (+0.2).
On the flip side, no one struggled more than LG Andy Levitre, whose -1.7 was the worst grade on the day. His +2.2 run blocking score was undone by his atrocious -4.7 in pass blocking. In limited snaps, RB Terron Ward was less than impressive with a -0.9 overall, while TE Jacob Tamme and FB Patrick DiMarco both netted "meh" grades of -0.6. Other notable scores: RB Tevin Coleman (-0.3), WR Roddy White (-0.3).
The Falcons interior DL continues to dominate, and the rejuvenated DT Jonathan Babineaux is leading the way. His +4.0 overall score was reflective of his ridiculous +4.1 pass rush score. Trench-mate Adrian Clayborn put up the second highest score with a +2.2 overall, and a dominant +3.3 pass rush score. Desmond Trufant continues to prove he is one of the best corners in the league, with his +1.5 score indicative of that on Sunday. Second year DT Ra'Shede Hageman continues to have a good year, posting a +1.4 overall. Other notable scores: DE Kroy Biermann (+1.1), MLB Paul Worrilow (+1.0), SS Kemal Ishmael (+1.0).
In his first game back from injury, LB Justin Durant had the lowest score on defense with a -2.0 overall. He should improve has he moves back to 100% health. CB Robert Alford netted a -1.9 overall while DE Tyson Jackson posted a -1.2. Those were the only scores in the "red" for the defense. Other notable scores: LB Brooks Reed (-0.6), FS Robenson Therezie (-0.3), DT Paul Soliai (-0.2).
Matt Bosher continues to be an animal with a thunderous foot, netting a +2.1 on the day. Kicker Matt Bryant, who had a rare miss again Sunday, ended the afternoon with a -0.9 overall.
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