After a near disastrous first half and a riveting comeback in the second half, Falcons fans may have a hard time figuring out what the grades from Pro Football Focus may look like in total. Luckily, we're here to sort out the best and worst grades from the game against the Cowboys. While these scores can provide some context, it's always important to compare them with what you see in the game. If you see a score you disagree with, remember that this is not an "end all be all" metric. With that said, here's how some of the scores played out from Sunday's game.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the offense had quite a few strong performers on the day. Matt Ryan lead the charge with a +5.5, including a +0.9 score for his running which may never happen again ever. Julio was his normal unstoppable self, putting up a ridiculous +4.9. In year two, Jake Matthews has shown why he was drafted so high, earning a +4.3 with a dominant +3.9 run blocking grade. Fullback Patrick DiMarco is making his position stylish again with his +4.2 score. Other notable scores: LG Andy Levitre (+3.2), RB Devonta Freeman (+2.1), RG Chris Chester (+0.7).
There were very few negative grades for the Falcons offense on Sunday, but Leonard Hankerson putting up a -2.2 score is likely from his issues with drops in the game. Roddy White also put up a -2.0. The only other negative scores belonged to RB Terron Ward (-1.0) and TE Levine Toilolo (-0.1).
The defense struggled significantly in the first half, which likely contributed to the few positive scores on the day. That poor start didn't stop veteran DT Jonathan Babineaux from earning a strong +3.0 score. In limited snaps, LB Nate Stupar continues to make a strong case for more playing time with his +1.2 grade. Nose tackle Paul Soliai also played well, registering a +0.9 score on the day. Other notable scores: CB Desmond Trufant (+0.5), SS William Moore (+0.4), LB Justin Durant (+0.3).
On the flip side, the negative scores for the defense were plentiful. Linebacker Paul Worrilow had a dreadful day with a -9.1 overall score, which was backed up by what the eye could see on Sunday. Vic Beasley didn't have a great day with a -2.3 score, though his sack late in the game was a critical one. Free safety Ricardo Allen pulled down a -2.3 score, though his pass coverage was decent (+0.4). Other notable scores: LB/DE O'Brien Schofield (-2.2), DT Adrian Clayborn (-1.0), CB Robert Alford (-0.8).
Matt Bosher continued his domination over special teams scores, putting up a +2.5 for committing illegal acts of violence agains the football. Matt Bryant continues to receive his appropriate DWFF score of +8,124,314,143.5. Any other score is irrelevant and ignored where "Money" is concerned.
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