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RB Derrick Coleman - Atlanta Falcons

6-0, 233Born: 10-18-1990College: UCLADrafted: ---

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Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Good matchup. Devonta Freeman looks likely to return for Week 12, and the Falcons will welcome him back happily. It's not that Tevin Coleman is a bad runner, by any stretch - he's fast and explosive and creates big plays at a strong clip. But he's also not nearly the decisive gainer Freeman is, nor does he extend plays with power or elusiveness. With Freeman dominating the backfield, the Falcons boast one of the league's most productive ground games: over the season's first 10 weeks, they generated the fifth-most yards per rush, and the Freeman/Coleman pair produced 7 touchdowns over 219 rushes. Boasting a studly front line - our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it first in the league, with an A+ run-blocking rating - this is a unit that offers both consistency and ceiling. The Tampa Bay run defense has tightened massively of late, but this still looks like a thoroughly winnable matchup. In back-to-back weeks, the Tampa Bay run defense, once exceptionally porous, has risen to the occasion. On the back of All-World tackle Gerald McCoy, who disrupts interior runs as well as just about anyone, they've smothered the last two running games they've faced. The Jets' combination of Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire managed just 52 yards on 18 carries in Week 10, and aside from a flawlessly-blocked 69-yard run, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams of the Dolphins fared even worse last week (16 rushes, 13 yards). McCoy and the linebackers are now healthy, and defensive end Robert Ayers is enjoying a Pro Bowl-caliber season as an edge-setter, so this front seven may be turning a massive corner. Still, as expected, the strongest of running games they've faced have indeed given them massive problems. Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, and the Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara pair averaged 123.3 ground yards against them - though those indeed came much earlier in the year. It would be nice to see another week of sustained dominance, but it's safe to say the Falcons' powerful running game will face a much harder test than we'd have expected a month ago.

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