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https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2017/11/23/16691608/falcons-have-top-5-offense-and-defense-per-pff-julio-jones-is-a-cheat-code-though The Falcons sit at 6-4 and are still in the playoff race, but this season has definitely felt like a series of underwhelming performances. For many fans, it was even more frustrating because they would argue that the Falcons have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. Well, according to PFF and their latest power rankings, that belief is justified. For those who don’t know, PFF (Pro Football Focus) is an advanced stats site that covers the NFL and college football. Their statistics are used all over the league and are heavily referenced during Sunday Night Football games. They aren’t perfect (no statistics are), but they do give a pretty good idea of how guys performed and the quality of players over the course of a season. In their latest power rankings (Falcons are ranked 5th), they dropped this gem that caught the eye of yours truly: For those who don’t know, PFF (Pro Football Focus) is an advanced stats site that covers the NFL and college football. Their statistics are used all over the league and are heavily referenced during Sunday Night Football games. They aren’t perfect (no statistics are), but they do give a pretty good idea of how guys performed and the quality of players over the course of a season. In their latest power rankings (Falcons are ranked 5th), they dropped this gem that caught the eye of yours truly: It certainly helps that you have perennial pro-bowlers like Julio Jones and Matt Ryan on the field, but second year starters Keanu Neal, Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell have all graded out very well this year. When you add in players like Grady Jarrett, Adrian Clayborn, Alex Mackand Devonta Freeman to the mix, it’s easy to see how this roster does “grade” highly. So why the struggles this year? Special teams can certainly be considered a factor, as well as some fluky as **** turnovers. In fact, even though he has 8 interceptions on the year, PFF has said that Ryan leads the league in fewest interceptable passes. His luck with tips and drops this year has been mind-blowing. We’ve often said this roster is too talented to struggle for too long, and recent games give us reason to believe they may be turning the corner. This is a roster that can compete with any in the league and these PFF rankings only cement that belief further.
The Falcons’ most underrated defender is... All of our staff picks are from the team’s secondary. by Jeanna Thomas@jeannathomas Nov 16, 2017, 4:04pm EST Matt Chambers: Atlanta’s most underrated defender is Ricardo Allen. Atlanta’s secondary has gotten a whole lot of flak this season, which is crazy because there are playmakers at each position. The most underrated here is definitely Allen. We saw what the defense looked like when he was hurt, and I don’t want to see that ever again. He’s a tough hitter with great speed to patrol the center of the field, and does not get enough credit. Jeanna Thomas: Ricardo Allen doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Look no farther than the defensive lapses while Allen was out with a concussion. His role at free safety is more than just playing the position. The team relies on him to be that big-play eraser, but also keep the rest of the defense on track. Don’t underestimate the respect Allen has earned from his teammates and what his leadership means in that locker room, either. He’s fundamentally important to the Falcons defense. DW: Stop hating on Robert Alford ya losers Of all the players on this defense, Alford seems to get an inordinate amount of hate. His season started poorly for certain, but he has gotten better with each game played. He was a key factor in shutting down the Cowboys passing offense and is regularly in a position to make plays on the ball. His penalties always seem to get the most attention, but he regularly shuts down receivers for large stretches of the game. He’s not a perfect player, but he’s far better than most fans give him credit for. Dave Choate: It’s Desmond Trufant, somehow. Trufant regularly gets ripped for his mistakes, which are often minor, and I’ve seen suggestions that he be demoted/traded/released/fired into the sun this year. It boggles my mind, because Tru is simply one of the better cornerbacks in football, same as he has always been. As long as that misguided vitriol keeps up, he’ll be one of the most underrated Falcons. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2017/11/16/16666692/the-falcons-most-underrated-defender-is