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. 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 seasons' 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 fell 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.
Coleman carried eight times for 58 yards and caught three passes for an additional 27 yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Coleman gashed Dallas for 7.3 yards per carry, but his team neglected the running game while playing from behind for much of the day. He also made a nice contribution as a pass catcher and could have had a much bigger game if he was utilized more in that regard. Coleman has averaged 101.3 scrimmage yards per game over the last three, despite seeing less than a full workload out of the backfield. He'll hope to be more involved in what should be a high-scoring game Thursday against the Saints.
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