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Falcons vs. Panthers 2016: Snap counts and continued success

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Okay, this team might be better than we thought.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Offense

Andy Levitre G: 67 (100%)
Ryan Schraeder T: 67 
Jake Matthews T: 67 
Chris Chester G: 67 
Alex Mack C: 67 
Matt Ryan QB: 67 
Mohamed Sanu WR: 52 
Jacob Tamme TE: 48 
Julio Jones WR: 47 
Levine Toilolo TE: 36 
Devonta Freeman RB: 34 
Tevin Coleman RB: 29 
Patrick DiMarco FB: 25 
Aldrick Robinson WR: 20 
Austin Hooper TE: 19 
Taylor Gabriel WR: 17
Justin Hardy WR: 7 
Eric Weems WR: 1

Matt Ryan and the offense continue to dominate through the air, completing 28 of 37 attempts for 503 yards and four touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers. Matt was sacked three times but was otherwise protected well, leading to such a record breaking day with Julio Jones. The run game wasn't quite as impressive, but the team stayed committed to keeping balance.

Even though it was the Julio Jones show last Sunday, the offense is displaying is deepest receiving core in recent memory. Ryan completed 16 passes for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns to nine other receivers. On days that Julio doesn't explode, this offense is very capable of moving the ball and putting up points. Out of all the weapons on offense, Sanu is having the quietest season relative to expectations, though I'm sure he'll be more involved in the coming weeks.

Tight ends continue to pump out explosive plays and touchdown catches on a weekly basis, thankfully. Austin Hooper caught his first touchdown on a similar play to the big catch he had in Oakland, and Tamme had a nice three-yard touchdown grab as well. If this level of play lasts all season, this offense has a chance to break some long-standing records.

Defense

Desmond Trufant CB: 71 (100%)
Robert Alford CB: 71 
Keanu Neal S: 71 
Ricardo Allen S: 70 
Brian Poole CB: 57 
Derrick Shelby DT: 51 
Adrian Clayborn DE: 49 
Vic Beasley LB: 48 
Sean Weatherspoon LB: 47 
Deion Jones LB: 44 
Dwight Freeney DE: 31 
Grady Jarrett DT: 26 
Brooks Reed DE: 24 
Kemal Ishmael S: 23 
Philip Wheeler LB: 21 
Jonathan Babineaux DT: 20 
Tyson Jackson DE: 15 
Ra'Shede Hageman DT: 15 
Robensen Therezie S: 12 
LaRoy Reynolds LB: 11 
O'Brien Schofield LB: 5

The defense quietly had a good game -- giving up a mere three points in the first three-quarters of play. It was when the fourth quarter and prevent defense came along that things started to look a bit uncomfortable. Without Jonathan Stewart, the Falcons' run defense was dominant. Cam was held to an unimpressive 14/25 for 165 yards, and the Falcons have a reason to feel good about themselves this week.

The pass rush only had one sack but looked very good against an unimpressive Carolina offensive line. Dwight Freeney recorded the lone sack, with guys like Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn, and Grady Jarrett generating pressure on several other occasions. This unit is still very much a work in progress, but there are signs every week that it's improving, if only a little.

Keanu Neal was present for all defensive snaps this week and looked comfortable covering the Pro Bowl Greg Olsen for the first three-quarters. Even with Keanu seeing the field for the entirety of the game, Quinn was able to get Kemal Ishmael on the field as well. Seeing as how he's such a huge asset in the run game, this is nice to see.

Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured Achilles during the game, and will likely miss the rest of the season. It's such devastating news for a guy who looked as though his career was back on track. With that, the Falcons linebacker corps is looking scarce. Going into the Denver game this week, the only healthy linebackers on the roster look to be Philip Wheeler and LaRoy Reynolds. Let's hope Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell will return to action very, very soon.

Special Teams

C.J. Goodwin: 24
Eric Weems: 24
Austin Hooper: 24
Robensen Therezie: 22
Matt Bosher: 20
LaRoy Reynolds: 20
O'Brien Schofield: 19
Justin Hardy: 18
Philip Wheeler: 15
Brooks Reed: 12
Brian Poole: 12
Desmond Trufant: 12
Josh Harris: 11
Tom Compton: 11
Ben Garland: 11
Derrick Shelby: 11
Taylor Gabriel: 9
Patrick DiMarco: 9
Andy Levitre: 8
Ryan Schraeder: 8
Jake Matthews: 8
Levine Toilolo: 8
Robert Alford: 8
Jonathan Babineaux: 8
Matt Bryant: 8
Chris Chester: 6
Kemal Ishmael: 6
Aldrick Robinson: 5
Deion Jones: 4
Tyson Jackson: 3
Grady Jarrett: 3
Ricardo Allen: 3
Alex Mack: 2
Sean Weatherspoon: 2

For the first week since the Buccaneers game, Weems struggled to get much going and put the offense in rough field position for most of the game. Now, a lot of this was just excellent punt coverage by Carolina, but the return game wasn't working no matter how you slice it. Justin Hardy filled in later in the game, and whether he'll be the designated return man going forward is unknown. As for Matt Bryant, what can I say -- the man is pure money.

Thoughts on this week's counts?