A strong performance by
Ryan finished 26 of 37 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Not bad considering he completed just 2 of 4 for 14 yards in the first quarter and fired a pick on a horrible throw to begin the second. He recovered to hit Devin Hester for a 17-yard score several minutes later and Roddy White on a 4-yarder early in the fourth.
His second half began with a bang when he found Hester for 46 yards. Ryan, who threw for 196 yards after intermission, will attempt to guide his team to a win next Sunday at New Orleans.
Julio Jones is questionable for Sunday's game, and Ryan's value has to be tied to Jones. Ryan has leaned heavily on Jones during this strong run, as the duo has combined for 21 receptions, 448 yards and a pair of scores over the last two games. If Jones is sidelined, Ryan will be throwing to Roddy White, who was largely ineffective last week, in his return from an ankle injury.
White really doesn't look like the gamebreaker he used to be, so having only him to rely on would certainly adversely impact Ryan's value. He still has a solid matchup against a Steelers defense that has allowed more Fantasy points to quarterbacks than all but six teams, so Ryan should be a solid play. But his chances for another truly massive game go down if Jones isn't around catching passes.
After struggling most of the season behind a depleted offensive line,
Though all the touchdowns were something new, the turnaround actually began for Ryan in Week 12, when he threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland. In that game, he had four passes of 20 yards or more, up from one in Week 11. He had three in Week 13 and five in this one.
Sounds to me like he's getting more time to throw the ball, and the number of sacks he has taken during that three-game stretch (a total of five) reflects the same. If the Falcons' reworked offensive line has jelled enough for him to keep his sights downfield -- and he recognizes what a luxury that is now -- making Julio Jones more of a priority than ever, he could be in for a big finish, especially since his matchups the next two weeks against the Steelers and Saints have the makings of shootouts.
Ryan posted his fourth 300-yard passing game this season and added 23 yards on two rushes. His favorite receiver, by far, was Julio Jones. The duo hooked up 11 times for 259 yards and a score, including a 79-yard completion on the first play from scrimmage after halftime. Ryan also threw scoring passes to Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Eric Weems.
Up to 25 touchdowns, Ryan plays the Steelers in Week 15.
Ryan completed 30 of 41 passes for 361 yards and two scores. He also tossed one interception during the contest. Ryan got a ton of production out of his starting receivers. Julio Jones burned Arizona for 189 yards and a score. Harry Douglas also went over 100 yards. Nineteen of Ryan's 30 completions went to Jones and Douglas. Ryan looked strong early, tossing both touchdowns in the first quarter, but couldn't find the end zone again versus the tough Cardinals defense. He also had 4 rushing yards on three attempts.
Ryan will look for more Week 14 against the Packers.
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