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Falcons vs. Chargers 2016: Snap counts and a complete collapse

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We came. We saw. We lost again.

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You'd think heartbreaking defeats would space themselves out, right? Not if you're an Atlanta Falcons fan. The team once again lost a game that slipped from them in the final moments. All we can do is look to the next week, and hope that the team becomes stronger.

Let's quickly take a look at this past week's snap counts.


Andy Levitre G: 65 (100%)
Chris Chester G: 65
Ryan Schraeder T: 65
Jake Matthews T: 65
Matt Ryan QB: 65
Alex Mack C: 65
Julio Jones WR: 57
Mohamed Sanu WR: 51
Jacob Tamme TE: 49
Devonta Freeman RB: 49
Levine Toilolo TE: 33
Justin Hardy WR: 32
Austin Hooper TE: 15
Patrick DiMarco FB: 15
Tevin Coleman RB: 14
Aldrick Robinson WR: 10

When you put up 30 points at home, you should win. With that being said, you can't expect to win by only scoring three points in over two quarters. Tevin Coleman was lost to a hamstring injury in the 3rd quarter, which could've been a huge factor in the offense stalling so often after halftime.

The offense was very reminiscent of 2015's, where they only went as far as Julio Jones did. The rest of the receiving corps struggled to get anything going, as Devonta Freeman was the second leading receiver with 42 yards. If the Falcons are going to keep winning games this season, they'll have to spread the ball better than they did last Sunday. Though, the ball-catchers and offensive line weren't doing Ryan many favors.

With Coleman in the formation, the Falcons averaged a strong eight yards per carry, but that number dropped to 3.9 with Freeman. That's still a very impressive number, but it was obvious that the run game lost a step with Tevin on the sideline. Hopefully, Tevin won't miss much time, but the Falcons just signed Stevan Ridley today as insurance.


Desmond Trufant CB: 75 (100%)
Robert Alford CB: 75
De'Vondre Campbell LB: 75
Ricardo Allen S: 75
Deion Jones LB: 75
Keanu Neal S: 74
Brian Poole CB: 48
Adrian Clayborn DE: 45
Grady Jarrett DT: 43
Vic Beasley LB: 43
Brooks Reed DE:33
Courtney Upshaw DT: 33
Tyson Jackson DE: 28
Ra'Shede Hageman DT: 23
Philip Wheeler LB: 23
Jonathan Babineaux DT: 23
Dwight Freeney DE: 21
Cliff Matthews DE: 9 1
Ben Garland C: 2
Kemal Ishmael S: 1

Outside of San Diego's first drive, the defense played well going into the 2nd quarter. The pass rush picked up once again, registering 4 sacks on Philip Rivers, and the rising Hunter Henry was held in check by Keanu Neal. The defense played one of the NFL's top offenses in the Chargers, but allowing 30 points at home has no excuse.

Quinn said recovering the ball was an emphasis this week, and it was evident as the defense got a scoop-and-score on the Chargers in their own end zone. Vic Beasley was key in this and has really come alive in the last several weeks. The Clemson "bust" has 6.5 sacks on the season, and along with Freeney, Clayborn, and Reed, has given the Falcons a pass rush to feel good better about.

Jalen Collins was absent from the defensive snaps this week as he returns from his six-week drought of playtime. He should see more action as the year progresses. I'm certain the team would like to be prepared in the event we lose Robert Alford this offseason.

Special Teams

Paul Worrilow: 25
Eric Weems: 19
Robensen Therezie: 18
LaRoy Reynolds: 18
Justin Hardy: 17
Austin Hooper: 17
Jalen Collins: 17
Matt Bosher: 16
Ben Garland: 14
Tom Compton: 14
Levine Toilolo: 10
Patrick DiMarco: 10
Josh Harris: 9
Desmond Trufant: 9
Robert Alford: 8
Matt Bryant: 7
Jonathan Babineaux: 7
Philip Wheeler: 7
Ra'Shede Hageman: 7
Tyson Jackson: 7
Grady Jarrett: 7
Jake Matthews: 7
Ryan Schraeder: 7
Chris Chester: 7
Andy Levitre: 7
De'Vondre Campbell: 6
Aldrick Robinson: 2
Ricardo Allen: 1
Jacob Tamme: 1
Mohamed Sanu: 1
Julio Jones: 1

The return game was quiet for both teams last week. The true headline here comes from Matt Bryant's miss that would've won Atlanta the game as time expired. 58 yards is a long attempt for anyone, even Matt Bryant. Had the passing  interference on Julio been called, this would've been a chip-shot -- nothing we can be angry about with Bryant.

Thoughts on the counts from this week?