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On the Silver and Black Pride had a break down of the game that I thought was worth posting here:

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Defense

 

  • Defense was not good in Week 1, but the offense and the Win helped cover it up. Exposed in Week 2

 

  • Falcons gameplan was excellent and had the young Raiders' defenders confused and outflanked often

 

  • Reminiscent of the same issues that showed up in Pre Season against Green Bay and Tennessee

 

  • Atlanta stalled drives seemed more like Falcons not executing rather than Raiders making plays.

 

  • Matt Ryan had only 8 incompletions
    • 26/34, 396 yards, 3 TDs, 1 int, 131.5 rating
    • On the bright side, held Matt Ryan to under 400 yards passing.

 

  • Julio Jones only targeted 5 times. Caught all 5 for 106 and 1 TD, most against Sean Smith
    • Jones' TD looked like a coverage mixup with Smith and Nelson.
    • Sean Smith 6'3" v Julio Jones 6'3" was a better physical (height) matchup, but Jones (even slowed up with a recovering ankle injury) is still fantastic

 

  • Target distribution :
    • WR : 19
    • TE : 13
    • RB : 12

 

  • Coverage busts often and at all levels. Linebackers, Safeties, CBs.

 

  • Seemed like lots of man-to-man coverage (need A22 to know for sure)

 

  • Falcons' TE trio of Tamme, Toilolo, Hooper combined for 10 rec, 180 yards, 1 TD
    • Not just on the QB boots or underneath throws. Also on downfield throws on normal dropbacks

 

  • Falcons' exposed the youth/inexperience/lack of cohesion on the defense by giving confusing reads to the defense.
    • Lots of movement
    • Often had OAK front 7 players moving the wrong way, stepping into poor leverage, or losing assignments

 

  • Falcons' game plan and execution was excellent :
    • Successfully execute the stretch play and force aggression to playside
    • Then execute designed cutback run on stretch play-look to take advantage of aggression
    • Then execute QB Boot on cutback/stretchplay-look to expose backside LB

 

  • Took both Khalil and Bruce out of the game by scheme
    • Falcons gameplan stressed the edge man (Mack or Bruce) and attacked him with Tight Ends and QB bootlegs, often leading to wide open plays.
    • Khalil and Bruce each made a handful of plays here and there but were not a major factor
    • This is likely the template that each opponent will use.
    • One one drive in the first half, in the course of 6 plays, Falcons ran the same QB Boot throw to the TE at Khalil Mack every other play. Resulted in 3 completions for 37 yards and a frazzled Khalil Mack.

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  • Lots of misdirection, with TE and FBs running opposite ways in the backfield

 

  • Lots of cutback runs attacking backside DE.
    • Backside DE was often chasing the stretch play and left a huge backside gap
    • Or Backside DE was getting washed hard inside

 

  • Lots of successful runs at Denico, Stacy, Jihad.

 

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  • Saw Darius Latham get blown off the line by right side of the Falcons line on a couple of plays.

 

  • 4th quarter, near End of Game, the key 3rd down was a coverage bust (looks like it was DJ Hayden who took the wrong man)

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  • 2 big batted passes that were completions, 1 of which was a TD

 

  • QB Boot and then across-the-field throw. Twice. Once incomplete (bad throw) to a wide open receiver and then a huge completion.

 

  • Felt like the Defense game-planned for the wrong offense
    • Presumably Kyle Shannahan developed new game plan for the Raiders
    • Defense looked like it was unprepared

 

  • After Falcons' initial--and then on-going--success on run plays, Raiders' Defense looked like started trying to be too aggressive and after that was left chasing. Sometimes "trying too hard" can make things worse.

 

  • Seems like players were not playing "Scheme Sound", meaning they were getting out of their assignments
    • At least if the players are where they are supposed to be and doing what they are supposed to be doing, it gives the defense a chance.
    • Hard to assess some aspects when big play is just a result of missed assignment

 

  • Difficult to make too many adjustments on a newly formed defense (2nd year with several new players) because they have only practiced a few things.
    • Brand new adjustments and keys make young players play even slower as they think more
    • Growing Pains

 

  • Major takeaway is a "young" defense with young players that is still coming together.

 

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Offense

 

  • Running attack was effective, 25 rushes for 155 yards, 6.2 avg, and 1 TD.

 

  • Running attack would have been even better if not for some penalties calling them back

 

  • DeAndre 6 carries for 46 yards, 7.7 avg

 

  • Latavius made some big plays and ran hard.
    • 8 carries, 57 yards, 7.1 avg.
    • Is this what having Fresh Legs will mean for Lats?

  • Lots of checkdown passes
    • 11 targets to TEs
    • 10 targest to RBs but only 1 to DeAndre Washington and 1 to Jalen Richard
    • The passes seemed mostly to the outside in the flat. Few (none?) into the middle of the field

 

  • Derek Carr definitely looked downfield for some plays, but couldn't find anything (other than the Crabtree Pass Interference play)
    • Seems like Falcons coverage was sinking on Cooper and Crabtree, forcing underneath throws and then rallying up for the tackles. This reminiscent of Denver's defensive approach
    • A22 study needed, may show the Falcons' using outside bracket coverage.
    • Would think that intermediate middle would be have been a target with Walford, Roberts, and the RBs

 

  • Carr was rushing often, particularly when throwing short.
    • His timing was off and he was hurrying his throws, often off his back foot or while falling backwards. Not a function of pressure, b/c often throws came before any pressure was imminent
    • His internal clock was running faster than everyone else's. In dancer terms, we may say, "He needs to slow down; count the tempo."
    • This is not unusual for Derek and may be a product of his youthful exuberance and the first Home game may have had him overly excited

 

  • Falcons' defenders were aggressively filling
    • Attacking the pulling linemen on run plays and hitting them deep in the backfield.
    • Stacking up inside gaps
    • Seems like they may have had the Raiders' run game well-scouted.
    • Raiders runners were effective at bouncing

 

  • I don't think Gabe's holding call on Jalen's big run was actually a hold, but at full speed it LOOKED like a hold b/c Gabe got his arms extended like that

 

  • Olawale not very effective lead blocking. Missed a couple of needed blocks.
    • But again he showed hard running for key 3rd-and-1 conversion

 

  • Walford key drop at the end of the first half could have helped give Janikowski a better FG attempt rather than 58 yards from the dirt.

 

  • Another big goalline throw to Crabtree, this time on 4th down. When in doubt, throw it Crabtee

 

  • Then on 4th quarter 4th-and-2, interesting to hand it off to Jalen Richard up the middle.
    • Seth Roberts, normally a fighter, gets a stiff hand to the face by CB #34 Brian Pooleand then eases up before the end of the play. Poole makes the tackle.

 

  • Falcons' LB #45 Deion Jones was all over the place.

 

  • Desmond Trufant was impressive. Very physical with Amari and very quick, agile, and explosive. Hat Tip to him for sure.

 

  • Amari Cooper's levitation reception was a highlight play, but lost in that was that Cooper misjudged the ball or something to jump early in the first place

  • Field position in the first half : 1 TD
    • OAK 6
    • OAK 36
    • OAK 9
    • OAK 2
    • OAK 25

 

  • Field position in second half : 3 TDs
    • OAK 19
    • OAK 20
    • OAK 25
    • OAK 25
    • OAK 25
    • OAK 20

 

Special Teams

Supposed to be a strength of this team and Week 2 had two major mistakes on the same drive.

 

  • Taiwan, I love you, but you make it so hard sometimes!

 

  • Taiwan Jones muffing a kickoff in the endzone and giving the Raiders a start at the 2 yardline

 

  • 7 plays later, with 1:53 remaining in the first half, Marquette King punts to the Atlanta 9 andEric Weems returns thru the coverage unit 73 yards to the OAK 18, leading to Field Goal.

 

  • Hard to blame Janikowski for missing the 58 yard FG off the dirt, but would have been really nice to have

 

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18 minutes ago, vel said:

Deion Jones was all over the place

For sure, he's fun to watch. Can make plays at all levels of the field. I see him making tackles from behind way down the field sometimes and just think Worrilow would've never been in that play at all. A lot of linebackers wouldn't have.

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Just now, Dem Birds said:

I think it was okay except for a few big runs, I felt like we held them to less than 2 or 3 most of the time but they did break a few nice ones. 

That YPC was crazy. That big stop on 4th down in the 4th quarter was huge. The kind of run stop this team needs.

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51 minutes ago, HEIST said:

For sure, he's fun to watch. Can make plays at all levels of the field. I see him making tackles from behind way down the field sometimes and just think Worrilow would've never been in that play at all. A lot of linebackers wouldn't have.

Exactly. That's why I don't understand some of the disdain for him. Even Oakland fans can see this guy is all over the field. Some big 250 pound MLB isn't gonna do that. 

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54 minutes ago, Jesus said:

That YPC was crazy. That big stop on 4th down in the 4th quarter was huge. The kind of run stop this team needs.

Agreed. It didn't feel that bad during the game so I think it was the hand full of nice runs, I don't think they had that many attempts either, but I could be wrong 

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1 hour ago, atlGM said:
  • Running attack was effective, 25 rushes for 155 yards, 6.2 avg, and 1 TD.

 

  • Seems like they may have had the Raiders' run game well-scouted.

 

which one is it?

 

I think he is saying that we anticipated well, bit failed to execute due to missed tackles, etc.  I know Murray had a majority of his yards after first contact.

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5 hours ago, vel said:
  • Falcons gameplan stressed the edge man (Mack or Bruce) and attacked him with Tight Ends and QB bootlegs, often leading to wide open plays.
  • Khalil and Bruce each made a handful of plays here and there but were not a major factor
  • This is likely the template that each opponent will use.
  • One one drive in the first half, in the course of 6 plays, Falcons ran the same QB Boot throw to the TE at Khalil Mack every other play. Resulted in 3 completions for 37 yards and a frazzled Khalil Mack.

This is why I literally screamed at my car radio yesterday when Buck said the Falcons "kept Ryan in the pocket" instead of running rollouts and boots. Of course, says Buck, that's why we won. 

People make up their mind what the problem is, and then when we do well, that thing becomes the focal point, never mind what actually happened. 

People see what they want to see. 

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