Falcons eating up short passing games

Just got some interesting stuff on the Atlanta Falcons from our friends at ESPN Stats & Information.

We already know the Falcons lead the NFL in interceptions with 10. But the really interesting thing is that five of those have come within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage (think about Kroy Biermann’s interception Sunday against Cleveland). No other team has more than two interceptions on passes of 5 yards or less. In fact, in the 2009 season, only three teams had more than five interceptions of passes that were within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.

In fact, the Falcons are particularly good against the short passing game. In those situations, they’ve held opposing quarterbacks to a 78.3 passer rating. The league average is 83.7.