Coleman ran for 145 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries during Sunday's 40-14 win over Arizona. Coleman and rookie Ito Smith are still splitting carries, but Coleman made a lot more of his Sunday. The Indiana product took a pitch 65 yards late in the first quarter, narrowly missing a touchdown before being caught by the Cardinal defense. He didn't let that happen in the third quarter as he churned through arm tackles for a 43-yard score. It's been a rough past few weeks for Coleman, who has been plagued by ineffectiveness as Smith takes on a larger role. Sunday was a light at the end of the tunnel as he rushed for more than 100 yards for the first time since Week 2 -- a 107-yard day against Week 16's opponent, division-rival Carolina.
Colemand rushed 10 times for 45 yards and caught his lone target for minus-four yards in Sunday's loss at Green Bay. It's was a relatively solid outing for Coleman -- though still well below his expected value -- as he rebounded after totaling 14 carries for 14 yards in the previous two games. However, Ito Smith continues to be more involved in the offense, logging 11 carries for 60 yards and three receptions for 14 yards Sunday. The Falcons fell behind 34-7 in the third quarter, making it difficult to utilize a run game in the second half. Sunday's outing is a marginal step in the right direction for Coleman, and he has a matchup next week against a Cardinals defense that allows 4.5 yards per carry and 140.9 rushing yards per game.
Coach Dan Quinn said it wasn't by design for Ito Smith to get more carries than Coleman in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Baltimore, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The rookie had seven carries for 22 yards and one catch for no gain, while Coleman took six carries for eight yards and caught one pass for three more yards. Smith hasn't made much of a case for himself with a mark of 3.2 yards per carry, but it wouldn't be crazy to give him more opportunities down the stretch of a lost season. Coleman is sitting at 4.0 YPC after back-to-back dud performances in tough matchups, with his value heading the wrong way in a contract season. He does get a rebound matchup Week 14, facing a Packers defense ranked 20th in YPC (4.6) and 25th in rushing yards allowed per game (127.8). Despite what Quinn said Monday, it won't come as any surprise if Smith gets half the work or more in future weeks.
Coleman rushed for eight yards on six carries and added a three-yard catch during Sunday's 26-16 loss to Baltimore. He fumbled during the contest, but the offense maintained possession. Atlanta is free-falling now with four consecutive losses. Coleman has struggled to spark his team during that span, as the Falcons have failed to score 20 points in any of the last four games. During this stretch, Coleman's averaging just 3.5 yards per carry, compared to the 4.2 yards per tote he entered that stretch with. Moreover, Coleman is scoring once every 43 touches in that four-game sample, as compared to once every 19 touches through the season's first eight games. Week 14 brings a middle-of-the-road Packers run defense, but it might be rookie Ito Smith, not Coleman, who benefits from the matchup following Coleman's recent struggles.
Coleman managed just six yards on eight carries, adding three catches for 17 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 31-17 loss to New Orleans. A touchdown reception salvaged Coleman's night against the Saints, but he transitioned out of the game script with Atlanta falling into a two-touchdown first-half deficit in what was already a wildly inefficient showing on the ground (fewer than one yard per carry). Production as a pass catcher has made the fourth-year back a high-floor RB2 option of late, with 3.5 catches and 32.8 receiving yards per game since Week 9 after putting up just 2.1 catches and 19.6 yards per game prior. There have been flashes of brilliance in what is a contract year for the 25-year old back, but he's overall been underwhelming as a rusher, logging less than 4.0 YPC six times in 11 appearances this year, and 10 times over his past 15 regular-season games dating back to 2017. Sunday brings a challenging matchup going up against a Baltimore defense that's allowed the second-fewest rushing yards to opposing running backs.
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