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The Flagrant Foul MNF Recap: A High Scoring Snooze Fest

Devonta Freeman (above) and Tevin Coleman ran wild against New Orleans Monday. (Getty Images)

Devonta Freeman (above) and Tevin Coleman ran wild against New Orleans Monday. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

Falcons 45 Saints 32

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a high-scoring game that was this boring. Drew Brees had a good game by traditional metrics: 376 yards for a 3:1 TD:INT ratio. Digging a little deeper, ESPN only credited him with a QBR of 46.9. Matt Ryan, on the other hand, had a more pedestrian 240 yards with a 2:0 TD:INT, but he earned a 92.4 QBR for his efforts. Both quarterbacks completed exactly 66.6% of their passes. Matt Ryan averaged a full yard more per attempt than Brees, which shows how efficient he was in this game. New Orleans continues to have difficulties on defense, where it was absolutely shredded by Devonta Freeman. Freeman racked up 207 all purpose yards, including a whopping 152 on the ground. Tevin Coleman chipped in with 3 rushing touchdowns on 12 carries. What makes this game crazy from a statistical standpoint is that Freeman only out-carried Coleman 14-12. I would assume that, after tonight’s game, Freeman has re-established himself as the top back in Atlanta. With Freeman seemingly picking up 10 yards every time he touched the ball, there was little need for an air-it-out approach from the Falcons. I predicted more than a hundred yards from Julio Jones, with 200 yards being in play. Of course, he finished with 1 catch for 16 yards. Besides that I can’t be trusted, this tells me that Julio is still far from 100%. He has appeared to be nothing more than a decoy on most of the routes he’s run this year. The Falcons, at 2-1 and first place in the NFC South, can’t complain as long as they keep winning. If they want their success to continue, they will need to hope that their best playmaker gets right in a hurry. Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 3 NFL Roundup

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills ran amok in Sunday’s home thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals (Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY)

– Bill Annechino

With another great football Sunday in the books (and the first official football Sunday of fall!), let’s take a run through the league and see what stood out.   Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 2 NFL Roundup

Who's the real culprit for the Bills problems?

Who’s the real culprit for the Bills problems? Is GM Doug Whaley to blame? (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

Jets @ Bills (Thursday):

So, by now everyone knows that the Bills’ insanely reactionary answer to Thursday night’s embarrassment was to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  Many people have also (correctly) pointed out that it wasn’t Greg Roman’s offense that gave up 37 points and 500 yards.  I’ve seen various reactions from the Bills’ Mafia calling for Rob or Rex Ryan’s head, but that really misses the bigger point:  Doug Whaley is the worst GM in football.  Continue reading