Matt Ryan QB ATL 3 Days7 Comments
Ryan completed 29-of-44 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 29-7 loss at Baltimore. He lost a fumble and was sacked five times.
Ryan and the entire offense had trouble moving the ball, although he wrecked one drive deep in Ravens' territory by fumbling. The Falcons lost another offensive lineman Sunday, and the sacks are starting to become a major issue. It was a tough matchup for Ryan on Sunday, however, but he's thrown just one touchdown in each of the last three games. He'll have another challenge next week, facing a stellar Lions' defense, although the game will be in the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Days12 Comments
Ryan completed 19-of-37 passes for 271 yards with one touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 27-13 loss to Chicago.
Ryan surprisingly struggled at home, although Atlanta's defense didn't help out either, as the Bears possessed the ball for 36 minutes, while racking up nearly 500 yards of total offense. Chicago did a good job containing Julio Jones, who had four receptions on 12 targets for 68 yards, and no other pass catcher really stepped up. The offensive line has been an issue lately, as was the case Sunday, when Ryan was sacked four times. It might not get much easier for Ryan next week, as he'll have to deal with Baltimore on the road.
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Ryan completed 29-of-45 passes for 316 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Giants.
Ryan connected with seven different receivers, focusing on wideout Julio Jones, who had 11 catches on 16 targets for 105 yards. It was his second game with more than 300 yards, though it was also his second with only a single touchdown. He was actually lucky to get that score, as it came on a quick pass to running back Antone Smith, who took it 74 yards for a touchdown. Without that play, Ryan was looking at a 242-yard, zero-touchdown performance. He still has plenty of weapons around him, and he'll get a home game in Week 6 against a Bears defense that is slightly better against the run than the pass this season.
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Ryan completed 25-of-41 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and pair of interceptions in Sunday's 41-28 loss at Minnesota.
While Ryan's final stats look decent, he didn't play nearly as well as he did in last week's blowout win against Tampa Bay. He struggled in his other road start this season, although that came against Cincinnati, which has been one of the top defensive units. He'll take on a resurgent Giants team next week on the road.
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Ryan completed 21-of-24 passes for 286 yards, with three touchdowns and no turnovers in Thursday's 56-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Ryan turned in a near-perfect performance for the second time in three weeks, after throwing a trio of interceptions in Sunday's 24-10 road loss to the Bengals. He was pulled from Thursday's game in the third quarter, as the Falcons were sitting pretty on a 49-0 lead, thanks in large part to the Ryan-Julio Jones connection. Even with the one stinker in Cincinnati mixed in, Ryan and the Atlanta offense are off to an encouraging start. The team didn't miss a beat without Roddy White (hamstring), who will now have 10 days to get ready for a Week 4 contest at the Vikings.
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Ryan completed 24-of-44 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions and was sacked twice during Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
The Falcons really struggled to move the ball against the Bengals and Ryan's touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Julio Jones, didn't come until 8:35 left in the fourth quarter to make it 24-10. Ryan connected with eight different receivers, but only Jones finished with more than 42 yards. He has now attempted 87 passes through two games, but he'll be back home looking to right the ship in Week 3 against the Bucs.
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Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards with three touchdowns in Sunday's exciting 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans.
Ryan was fantastic in the victory, completing 72 percent of his pass attempts with a sparkling 10.4 YPA. He hooked up with Julio Jones and Roddy White early and often, and even incorporated Devin Hester into the offense, as the veteran kick returner caught five passes for 99 yards. Ryan might find things a little tougher in Week 2, as the Falcons will travel to Cincinnati, but still should be plenty productive with a healthy set of weapons.
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Ryan completed all seven of his pass attempts for 53 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the Dolphins, leading his team to a touchdown on his only drive.
Working sans Julio Jones (foot), Ryan hooked up with Roddy White four times. Though he'll be without Tony Gonzalez this season, Ryan should have an improved offensive line, and most important of all a healthy Jones. By all accounts, Jones will be fine for the regular season, even though he's been taking it easy in practice. Ryan will also have White back at full strength, after the long-time Falcon was limited by a nagging ankle injury for most of last season. Looking to the other side of the ball, Atlanta's defense has the potential to be much improved from last season, but probably won't be good enough to keep the team in many run-first situations.
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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to remain a pass-happy offense.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 9 Months2 Comments
Tony Gonzalez believes former teammate Matt Ryan is not yet an elite quarterback.
Gonzalez made the comments on ESPN's NFL Live Thursday. "Matt's an excellent quarterback," Gonzalez said. "But he's not elite. He's this close. He'll get there, but he has some learning to do." Gonzo is right, but it's surprising he'd be so upfront about his former quarterback barely a month after hanging it up. Ryan made it more clear than ever in 2013 that he's not a Peyton Manning-style elevator, but still someone who needs his teammates to elevate him to "elite" heights.