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Falcons snap counts and notes for Week 8's loss against the Buccaneers

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A closer look at the snaps and a few noteworthy performances from Week 8.

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Chris Chester: 80 (100%)
Andy Levitre: 80
Jake Matthews: 80
Ryan Schraeder: 80
Matt Ryan: 80
Julio Jones: 72
Mike Person: 70
Devonta Freeman: 67
Roddy White: 65
Jacob Tamme: 65
Justin Hardy: 53
Levine Toilolo: 34
Patrick DiMarco: 17
Tevin Coleman: 10
James Stone: 10
Tony Moeaki: 9
Eric Weems: 5
Terron Ward: 3

Not a lot of surprises here. Justin Hardy stepped right into the lineup and earned a ton of snaps, and while he wasn't targeted often, I thought he held his own out there. Julio, Tamme and Roddy got their customary heavy workloads, Freeman dominated the carries, and Person only exited the game because of an injury for a bit, which left Stone in for ten snaps.

Once again, though, the obvious story is that the Falcons are missing Leonard Hankerson, and the offensive line is scuffling more than it did early on. That's enough to cause issues for the passing game, and while Ryan spread the ball around a lot yesterday, he was still keying in on Tamme and Julio. The team either needs Roddy to find the fountain of youth, Hardy to get up to speed with the quickness, or Hank Time to return in order to give Ryan a (at least somewhat) consistent third option in the passing game. Or, you know, just stop turning the ball over!


Ricardo Allen: 69 (99%)
Paul Worrilow: 67
Justin Durant: 55
Kemal Ishmael: 52
Jalen Collins: 50
Brooks Reed: 45
Tyson Jackson: 42
Paul Soliai: 42
Kroy Biermann: 41
Robert Alford: 38
Phillip Adams: 37
Desmond Trufant: 33
Ra'Shede Hageman: 31
Robenson Therezie: 30
Vic Beasley: 29
Adrian Clayborn: 28
O'Brien Schofield: 28
Jonathan Babineaux: 28
Nate Stupar: 13
Grady Jarrett: 10
Philip Wheeler: 2

The Falcons saw Jameis Winston facing life with his top receiver and basically zero other workable options and elected to use their heavier front this week, with Jackson, Soliai, Biermann, and Hageman out-snapping Clayborn, Beasley, Schofield, and Babineaux. They limited Doug Martin effectively and Jameis Winston had a relatively quiet game despite Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford exiting, so I wouldn't say it was a bad strategy. It just didn't produce much of a pass rush, and that undeniably hurt the team in overtime, when Winston drove the Bucs down for the game-winning field goal.

Jalen Collins was pretty effective for a second straight week, albeit against an offense lacking any top options outside of Mike Evans. Justin Durant had arguably his worst game of the season, particularly in coverage, while Brooks Reed got his highest snap total of the year and looked much sharper than he has to this point. Going to chalk Durant's week up as a fluke, but hopefully Reed's isn't.

We also got our first Wheeler sighting, but he's not going to be relevant on a weekly basis until he gets up to speed and/or there's an injury in the corps.

I'd argue, though, that the defense is playing about as well as you can when A) you're defending short fields way too often due to turnovers, B) you're not getting a ton of pressure and C) your secondary is suddenly wracked by injuries. If the offense can stop giving the ball away, I really think this defense is good enough to earn the Falcons wins in the weeks ahead.

Special Teams

Kroy Biermann: 21
Nate Stupar: 20
Philip Wheeler: 19
Eric Weems: 15
Charles Godfrey: 15
Robenson Therezie: 14
Terron Ward: 13
Phillip Adams: 13
Levine Toilolo: 10
Matt Bosher: 10
Patrick DiMarco: 9
Ricardo Allen: 9
Jalen Collins: 8
Tyson Jackson: 8
Robert Alford: 8
Desmond Trufant: 7
Tony Moeaki: 6
Grady Jarrett: 6
Kemal Ishmael: 5
Adrian Clayborn: 5
Ra'Shede Hageman: 5
Paul Soliai: 5
Matt Bryant: 4
Josh Harris: 4
Chris Chester: 4
Ryan Schraeder: 4
Jake Matthews: 4
Andy Levitre: 4
Paul Worrilow: 4
Tevin Coleman: 3
O'Brien Schofield: 1

Injury depleted and starting Kemal Ishmael, the Falcons decided to look elsewhere for help on special teams, which is why two of your Falcons special teams snap leaders for the week are Wheeler and Godfrey. The unit functioned pretty well again yesterday despite the personnel switching, and Stupar and Biermann remain integral to its success.

The bottom line with this game is that the Falcons moved the football well enough and stopped the Bucs well enough to win this game. They were undone by turnovers, some stupid, some unlucky, in what is becoming an all-too-familiar theme for Atlanta.