Free Radical Posted September 28, 2015 Share Posted September 28, 2015 That's a relatively unnoticed number since our victory over the Cowboys yesterday. 17. 17 is the longest run Devonta Freeman had yesterday. 17 is even bigger when you combine that with 4.7 That's the average number of yards Freeman gained for every rush attempt. Let me propose two scenarios.1. 30 carries, 141 yards, with a 75 yard long. Remove the 1 rush for 75 yards, and you have 29 carries for 66 yards, or 2.3 YPC.2. 30 carries, 141 yards, with a 17 yard long. Remove the 1 rush for 17 yards, and you have 29 carries for 124 yards, and a 4.3 YPC.Why is this a big deal? This means that we are consistently moving the ball on the ground. This means that we can run the ball four times in a row and get the first down. This means that our line is winning in the trenches more times than not. That's a beautiful thing. In years past, if we had a game where are running game came away with a high YPC, it was usually do to one or two big runs inflating the numbers, with every other run being an example of binary (0010111010). With a passing game as strong as ours, that means that when we attempted to run, we were consistently losing against the other teams front. That's a losing formula in the NFL, period.Yesterday we won in the trenches, outright, and that's not something this Falcons team has done against much of anyone for a while. That's something to be excited about if you're a Falcons fan. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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