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QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 228Born: 5-17-1985College: Boston CollegeDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Ryan is on a two-game winning streak, having slung 31/45 for 268 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions last weekend (two sacks taken for -8 yards), and 20/31 for 219 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with one sack taken for -7 yards) against the Panthers and the Buccaneers, respectively. As usual, Julio Jones (22 targets for 14/178/0 receiving) and Roddy White (18 for 14/147/2) have been Ryan's main targets during the winning streak. Harry Douglas has chipped in around the edges (six for 4/46/0) as has Devin Hester (seven for 4/39/0), but White and Jones remain the main guys for fantasy owners to plug into their weekly lineups. The Browns allowed 20/30 for 211 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing to Ryan Mallett in his first start as a Texan (and didn't sack the first-time NFL starter at all). Two weeks ago, Andy Dalton and Jason Campbell had a nightmarish game against the Browns, with 13/39 for 79 net yards passing collectively, with zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, and two sacks taken for -14 yards. To date, the Browns rank 11th in the NFL averaging 230.2 net yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs allowed balanced by 14 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied for 20th) generated to date. This is a solid pass D that can make you pay if you get sloppy with the football. Advantage, Cleveland.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs DET 20 27 228 2 1 1 6 0 0
10 at TB 20 31 219 1 0 3 9 0 0
11 at CAR 31 45 268 1 0 1 4 0 0
12 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds 23 37 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom 24 35 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TB (20 / 31 / 219 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

Another week, another game where the offense followed the same basic pattern. Ryan and the Falcons opened the game with a nice drive that featured a strong mix of run and pass, hitting Roddy White up the seam on a seven-step drop to set up a one-yard run from Steven Jackson. By the second drive, the cracks in the offensive line were already showing and as the game wore on, Ryan lacked the time to throw the ball with accuracy more than 20-25 yards down field and the Buccaneers got enough pressure to flush the quarterback or force early throws that generated inaccurate targets. In the first quarter, Ryan had Julio Jones wide open on a deep post, but the 55-yard throw lacked the velocity to the open receiver. Jones had to turn to the ball, open his body to the trailing defender, and wait on the ball. The defensive back knocked the ball from Jones' grip to prevent what should have been an uncontested touchdown. Yet, the pressure and Ryan's occasional inadequacies as a vertical passer weren't the only issues. Atlanta's receivers lead the league in drops and the most notable today was a wide open target to Devin Hester uncovered in the end zone during the second quarter. In addition to a false start and a sack that turned a first and 10 at the Tampa 15, the drop was enough to force a field goal and keep this game close. During the second half, Ryan missed multiple key passes that ended drives, but Tampa's turnover-ridden play kept the victory intact. The offensive line hasn't improved enough to start Ryan with confidence unless Atlanta plays a team the caliber of the Tampa Bay in the coming weeks.

2014 Week 11 vs CAR (31 / 45 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

The Falcons offense was at its best when it employed an up-tempo rhythm and a short passing game. Ryan found receivers Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Julio Jones on slants, digs, and crossers at various points in the early second quarter and during the second half with this game plan. The offensive line remains a severe limitation and Ryan was forced into rushing passes when the Panthers blitzed, which they did often enough in this game to hold Ryan at bay. Carolina was especially effective with A-gap pressure and twists. Ryan was sacked for the second consecutive week in the red zone during the second quarter on a pivotal drive. This time Carolina ran a twist with its defensive line and Ryan took too much time in the pocket. The Panthers also scouted the Falcons' use of the smash screen to Julio Jones and foiled the play each of the two times Ryan targeted the big receiver. Atlanta tried this play a third time on third down during the fourth quarter to Roddy White and the opposing defense nearly intercepted the target. Ryan's touchdown to White was a crossing route at the goal line from inside the five. Overall, Ryan is making nice plays each week, buy the lack of time in the pocket has turned the intermediate passing game into the offense's equivalent of a deep passing game and it limits the entire scope of the offense.


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