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Running the Numbers: Atlanta Falcons’ Tendencies

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My latest Running the Numbers piece is a look at the Falcons’ offensive tendencies:

  • Although the Falcons’ offense is explosive, Ryan has just 26 attempts that have traveled at least 20 yards past the line of scrimmage. Fifteen of those are to Julio Jones. In comparison, Romo is near the bottom of the NFL in deep passing rate and still has 31 passes of 20 or more yards on the season. While it may seem otherwise, the Falcons don’t generally attack defenses down the field.
  • The Falcons have passed the ball on 51.7 percent of their first downs, more than the league average of 48.5 percent. As I mentioned last week, NFL teams could generally benefit from an increase in first down pass rate. Atlanta, a team that has recently embraced the new-age statistical revolution in the NFL, has subsequently increased their first down pass rate dramatically from 2011, when it was just 43.7 percent. The offense has averaged 7.4 YPA on first down passes, compared to just 3.54 YPC on first-down runs.

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