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  1. Completely agree. In order to have any confidence in one of these rating systems, you have to know how individual plays are rated and why. Otherwise, there's no reason to believe the rating when it disagrees with your own impression from watching the game. This is why I also don't put much stock in ESPN's QBR. For what it's worth, PFF's rating of our lineman relative to each other seems mostly correct. Clark was clearly the worst, and Moton was clearly the best. I would have rated Kalil and Van Roten similarly with Larsen as the second worst, but none of them stood out as particularly good or bad. Overall, I was satisfied with the line play last Sunday, but I think better defensive ends going up against Clark will cause some problems.
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    CarolinaHuddle Pick'em - Week 3 (READ ME)

    CIN @ CAR: CAR NYJ @ CLE: CLE NO @ ATL: NO DEN @ BAL: BAL NYG @ HOU: HOU TEN @ JAX: JAX SF @ KC: KC OAK @ MIA: OAK BUF @ MIN: MIN IND @ PHI: PHI GB @ WAS: GB LAC @ LAR: LAR CHI @ AZ: CHI DAL @ SEA: DAL NE @ DET: NE PIT @ TB: PIT MNF Total Score: 59
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    We're good.

    If you're talking about Matt Ryan's second touchdown run, I completely agree. I couldn't believe that wasn't called. But this was was still a bad game from the defense that cost us a chance at a game we probably should have won. Just a really poor job of maintaining gap integrity and setting the edge today. It's not like Atlanta's line was blowing us off the ball. All we needed to defend those outside runs was a little more discipline.
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    CarolinaHuddle Pick'em - Week 2

    CAR @ ATL: CAR BAL @ CIN: BAL LAC @ BUF: LAC MIN @ GB: MIN CLE @ NO: NO MIA @ NYJ: NYJ KC @ PIT: PIT PHI @ TB: PHI HOU @ TEN: HOU IND @ WAS: WAS AZ @ LAR: LAR DET @ SF: DET OAK @ DEN: DEN NE @ JAX: JAX NYG @ DAL: NYG SEA @ CHI: CHI
  5. This comes with the caveat that I wasn't able to watch the game, but did find a fairly complete set of highlights: I don't think our line played well against Dallas. Everyone struggled to block DeMarcus Lawrence, and our linemen really struggled to block their linebackers in space. This was true on outside runs and especially on screen passes. There were a couple screen passes in the highlights, and I didn't see a single successful block from a linemen on any of them. But here's the thing: even with that level of play, we still had 4 red zone trips and 6 trips across the 50 in 8 drives before Amini Silatolu went in at RT (I don't think he'll play there against ATL). The Falcons without Deion Jones don't have the same speed at LB as Dallas, and they don't have a defensive end as good as Lawrence. Throw in the fact that these sorts of offensive line problems have basically been par for the course since Jordan Gross retired, and I think the offense should be fine.
  6. A couple things: for all the talk about the injuries to our offensive line, the loss of Neal and Jones is more significant for the Falcons. They are two of Atlanta's best defenders and the two guys who match up best with CMC. The right side of our offensive line could be terrible in this game, but even with poor protection, Cam should have enough time to hit CMC on those short option routes. So if Atlanta doesn't have a guy who can match up with him in space, the offense should still be able to move the ball effectively. Without the speed of Neal and Jones, I could also see Atlanta struggling to defend the read option. On the other side of the ball, since 2013, the Falcons have never scored more than 22 points against a fully healthy Panthers defense. The only person we're missing on that side of the ball is Thomas Davis, but there's hardly any drop-off going to Shaq Thompson. 24 points should be enough to take this game, and I think the Panthers get there: Panthers 27 Falcons 17
  7. Panthers 34 Cowboys 13 Cowboys break a 30-yard run... ...and not much else on their way to 85 rushing yards. Panthers offense surrenders just one sack on the day and shreds the Cowboys defense on blitzes.
  8. There so many unknowns, it's hard to know what will happen, but this article certainly seems overconfident. The premise seems to be that since 3 of our OL starters are injured, it will be easy for their DL, but our backups at LT and LG may well be better than the original starters. One place where I think we're likely to see some struggles from Moton and Van Roten is in picking up stunts. I definitely expect the Cowboys to test them with some stunts and a few blitzes to that side. On the other hand, I think we're well equipped to counter that with extra blockers and quick passes. When we've elected to chip with a back or tight end this preseason, the results have been pretty good. And with CMC, Anderson, Samuel, and Moore, we've got 4 really good options to take a screen or quick pass and turn it into a big play. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.
  9. There's a bit of revisionist history going on in that article with regards to Samuel's performance against Miami last year (his catching technique was awful, and he had already dropped that would-be TD pass before the Miami defender landed on his ankle), but I agree with most of what was written. He has looked a lot better this preseason than he did last year, actually snaring passes with his hands rather than basket catching everything and effectively using jab steps to get defenders to turn their hips the wrong way and create separation. I'm excited to see what he does in games that count, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him hit 50+ catches this season.
  10. Hamstring injuries can take months to heal. It depends on the severity of the pull. The fact that Sirles had to be carted to the locker room isn't encouraging.
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    McCaffrey doubters

    I was pretty confident McCaffrey would be a good player, but I was very much opposed to the selection due to the value of the #8 pick and the ease of finding a competent running back. Remember, this was the draft where both KC and Houston gave up 2018 first rounders to move up and take quarterbacks at #10 and #12. It stands to reason that either of those teams would have been happy to make the same deal for #8, so for this pick to be worth it, the value that McCaffrey provides over what we would get from an average back has to be equal to the value we would expect to get from two first round picks. CMC is a better receiver than I realized at the time, so that changes the equation a little bit, but I still think we would have been better off trading down and taking one of the many talented defensive backs in that draft.
  12. I think Byrd will end up being inactive. As disappointing as it may be that Moore hasn't earned more snaps with the starters, Byrd hasn't gotten any snaps with the starters. I don't think they're going to keep him active just for returns since Moore, Samuel, and CMC all have return ability (could throw Barner in there too if he ends up earning RB3 over CAP).
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    Impressions - Preseason 3

    My thoughts from the game - The Good: The left side of the offensive line looked good tonight. Both Moton and Van Roten have had solid preseasons overall. This won't be among the best lines in the league, but the only spot I'm really concerned about is whoever plays tackle opposite Moton. I was also pleased with the play of Ian Thomas. He may not have gotten any targets, but he blocked well, just as he did against Miami last week. His assignments haven't been difficult, mostly just having seal his guy off to one side, but he's done a good job of executing what he's been asked to do. Between that and the speed he showed on his touchdown against Miami, I'm very optimistic about this kid's future. I've been cautious in my optimism regarding Samuel up to this point. For one thing, he'd been mostly going against backups. For another, while he hasn't had any drops so far, he also doesn't seem to have completely eliminated his bad habit of trying to basket catch everything. This game was very encouraging on both fronts. First he roasted Gilmore on an out route, then he made a nice adjustment to a slightly off target deep throw and reached up to snare it with his hands. He's probably the 4th or 5th wideout on our depth chart right now, but we have to find snaps for him. I like what we're doing in the pass game. It's hard to see exactly what's happening from the broadcast angle, but it looks like the majority of our plays feature deeper routes that clear out space for McCaffrey to go one-on-one or a mesh concept. I like that we're attacking multiple levels of field and that we're giving McCaffrey so many opportunities. He was great as a receiver last year and looks even better in this system. I'd call this a neutral outing for Donte Jackson. He a big third down tackle but also completely whiffed on a tackle later. Coverage is hard to evaluate from the broadcast angle and even harder when he's constantly being asked to play 10 yards off the line, but I thought his coverage looked pretty good when he was allowed to play tighter. The Bad: Really bad game from Munnerlyn, missing tackles and coverage assignments. He was a really good nickel corner once, but it's looking like that time has passed. Everyone has noted this, but the defensive play calling leaves a lot to be desired. We are just giving first downs away with our alignment. Inconsistent route-running is holding DJ Moore back. It did look like he got held on that 3rd-and-goal play, but the corner wouldn't have been able to touch him if he runs the route better. He needs to be more explosive on that fake to the outside to get the corner moving more laterally and create more separation on the break to the inside. The slant that was broken up was also a poor route. There was an out-breaking route that was supposed to rub off his defender on the play, but he didn't drive hard off the ball like he needed to in order to push his defender into the path of the out route. Failing that, he could have used a jab step to try to sell the outside release, but all he did was pause for a second then run inside. He still got inside position just off his quickness, but the defender was right there to make a play on the ball. On the plus side, he got a great release off the ball on the play where Heinicke overthrew Byrd in the end zone. Couldn't see it on the broadcast, but I'm betting he was wide open. Just need to get that every time.
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