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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Ryan is a prime buy low candidate with the Falcons moving the ball but often finishing drives with field goals or Devonta Freeman runs. The quarterback is playing as well as ever and he could pop up for a big game against the Lions this week.

Week 3: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Falcons passing offense was relatively quiet last week in a game that favored their rushing offense due to establishing a 24-7 halftime lead. Matt Ryan was efficient as he completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 252 yards and a touchdown. Ryan relied almost entirely on the services of Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu last week, with that duo accounting for a combined 10 receptions and 193 yards--hogging over 50% of Matt Ryan's targets. Julio Jones crossed the 100-yard threshold here, leading the team with nine targets as Ryan fed him early and often with eight four of his receptions and 95 yards all coming in the first half. Despite missing the end zone again, this is a nice bounce-back for Jones after being relatively under-utilized in Week 1. The Lions secondary has been on fire this season, leading the league with 16 passes defended along with four interceptions. Glover Quin is an intimidating presence over the top, while Darius Slay continues to be one of the top cornerbacks in football. Slay only allowed 15 yards after contact last week while breaking up two would-be touchdowns. Slot cornerback Quandre Diggs has made a huge turnaround thus far this season after finishing as one of the worst cornerbacks in the league last season. Diggs played well in Week 1 and smothered Sterling Shepherd last week, allowing him only two receptions for 17 yards. The edge rushing combination of Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel has also been very effective for the Lions, with Ansah contributing to three of their five sacks last week. This defensive line and secondary should present a challenge for the high-powered Falcons offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at CHI 59 21 30 321 1 0 3 11 0 0 21.15
2 vs GB 58 19 28 252 1 0 1 8 0 0 17.4
3 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 24 35 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 21 33 * * * 3 * * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 22 32 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs GB (19 / 28 / 252 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Ryan leaned on Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu with crossing routes and outs during the first half. Ryan hit Jones twice on the opening drive for 52 yards, including a 33-yard gain on an intermediate crosser off a fake stretch play. Ryan took a Clay Matthews sack around the edge of the replacement right tackle Ty Sambrallo on third down of the second series, forcing a punt. Ryan began the third series with a 24-yard completion to Sanu on a crossing route off a play-action roll to the left. Ryan over shot a potential big play to Taylor Gabriel after the Packers edge defenders squeezed the pocket and forced Ryan to climb and loft the ball on the move. He later found Sanu for 21 yards on a crossing route early in the second quarter to work across midfield during the Falcons' third series of the game. With a healthy lead in the second half, the Falcons maintained a healthy balance of pass and run to bleed the clock. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Ryan delivered slants to Jones and Sanu for chunks of yards that set up first downs and more runs for Devonta Freeman.

2017 Week 1 vs CHI (21 / 30 / 321 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Ryan hit his first five passes on the drive to four different receivers to get inside the 29 of Chicago to set up a field goal to complete an 11-play 62-yard opening drive. He overthrew Sanu on third down in the second drive to set up a punt. The Bears sacked Ryan on first down in the middle of the second quarter. Followed up with a crossing route to Jones for 25 to get inside the red zone. Slid inside the 5 on 2nd and 13 against edge pressure to avoid the sack and set up the open lane in the late second quarter for 13 yards. Freeman then bounced it outside for the TD. It was their second 11-play scoring drive. Pressured twice in a row on first drive of the third quarter for Falcons and sacked on second play on third down by Akeem Hicks up the middle. Split a double team due to outside pressure by nickel backer to open the double team. Justin Hardy Juggled a 3rand 8 deep out that he tight roped the sideline and incomplete but Matt Ryan roughed with late hit on the ground in the third quarter with 5:10 left. Ryan hit Austin Hooper for an 88-yard score and then later a 40-yard catch and run to set up a field goal to put the Falcons up six with only a few minutes left.

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Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards, TD (Mon Sep 18, 12:30 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 19 of his 28 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 2 against the Packers.

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Falcons | Matt Ryan owns stellar numbers vs. GB (Thu Sep 14, 01:05 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has faced the Green Bay Packers six times during the regular season in his career, completing 130-of-195 passes (66.7 percent) for 1,427 yards, while logging 13 touchdowns compared to only five interceptions. Additionally, that has also produced his highest quarterback rating (99.7) against any opponent whom he's faced at least five times in his career.

Our View: Green Bay's secondary looked solid last week, but the Seattle Seahawks lack a playmaker of Julio Jones' caliber. We can absolutely see Ryan having a nice day against the Packers, and he should be a solid QB1 this week.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan throws for 321 yards in win (Sun Sep 10, 06:33 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 21 of his 30 pass attempts for 321 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 1 at Chicago.

Our View: Ryan's offense settled for three field goals and the Bears made stops when they had to, but the offense still functioned well and he should be considered a QB1 again next week against the Packers.
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4vs Buffalo Bills
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6vs Miami Dolphins
7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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