Atlanta Falcons: 3 Best Performances in Week 9 Win vs. Redskins

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Tevin Coleman

We started with Sarkisian who dials the play. Then the offensive line to start the execution of the play. Now we’re finishing with running back Tevin Coleman for that exact reason. He finished every play when his number was called, and it resulted in two touchdowns on the day. It wasn’t from handoffs that equated in scores for Coleman; it was through the air. Well technically through the air. His two touchdowns came from a screen pass where he was lined up as a split receiver and as a running back running a swing route.

Two touchdowns will get the highlights and headlines for Coleman, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Coleman did it all for the Atlanta Falcons offense. He was effective on the ground with 88 yards and was lethal in the air with five catches for 68 yards. The most underrated part of his performance in this game was his pass protection. Coleman picked up a couple of critical rushers that could’ve easily flustered Matt Ryan. The blocks weren’t clean, he was roughed up on them all, but he did enough to be the speed bump against free rushers.

Tevin Coleman is a versatile running back that doesn’t get enough mentions. That’s because he was sharing snaps with running back Devonta Freeman who is currently on injured reserve. Ever since he went on IR, it’s been the Tevin Coleman show. Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky didn’t put in enough countermeasures for Coleman. It’s not entirely his fault though since the defense already had their hands full accounting for the Falcons deep receiver group. Coleman’s big day helped lead the team to another win to get them to .500 for the season. At 4-4, the Atlanta Falcons have little room for error. So long as they give Coleman the ball, that error won’t be seen.