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Atlanta Falcons

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Matt Ryan expects offense to get back on track Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Falcons amassed just 309 yards and 10 points in a Week 2 loss at Cincinnati after totaling 568 yards and 37 points in a Week 1 win vs. New Orleans. Quarterback Matt Ryan expects the offense to get back on track heading into Thursday's showdown with the Bucs, per ESPN.

"On a positive note, I think there are some things we've done well, more so in Week 1 than Week 2,'' Ryan said Tuesday. "But I think the run game has been pretty efficient up until this point. We need to continue to be efficient in the run game. 

"And then in terms of the pass game, I think that's an area ... we just need to be more consistent. One of the thing that we've seen is that one week, we're capable of making a bunch of explosives. The following week, we're not. We've got to get to a point where week in and week out, we show up and play the way that we're capable of."

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Nothing goes right for Matt Ryan
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

After winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 1 with a career-best performance against the Saints, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan couldn't have looked any different Week 2 at Cincinnati. His receivers had no room to run after the catch in the first half, leading to just 60 yards on 10-of-17 passing, which forced him to take chances downfield in the second half, resulting in three interceptions.

In the end, he was 24-of-44 passing for 231 yards -- a decent total but a far cry from the 448 he had in Week 1. Of his interceptions, the first was on a well-located pass that bounced off the hands of tight end Levine Toilolo, and the third was on a desperation heave downfield on the team's final position. The second one, though, was costly, coming with the Falcons on the verge of scoring their first touchdown deep in Bengals' territory late in the third quarter.

Ryan did have one highlight, finding wide receiver Julio Jones on a 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter for his only touchdown on the day. He also ran three times for 28 yards.

He'll have a short week to prepare for his next opponent, the Buccaneers, who will visit Atlanta Thursday night.

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Matt Ryan begins year with career day
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made use of every weapon in his arsenal en route to a career-best 448 passing yards Week 1 against the Saints. He completed 31 of 43 passes and threw for three touchdowns -- a 2-yarder to Roddy White in the second quarter, a 1-yarder to Levine Toilolo in the third quarter and a 54-yarder to Antone Smith in the third quarter. He also ran for 15 yards on three carries.

Of the nine receivers who caught passes from him, four caught five or more and five went for more than 50 yards. Ryan's old favorite, Julio Jones, led the way with seven catches for 116 yards, but newcomer Devin Hester had five catches for 99 yards.

As has been the case throughout his career, Ryan was at his best with the clock winding down, completing a 39-yard pass to White to set up a field goal just before halftime and a 21-yarder to Hester to put the Falcons in position for a game-tying field goal with less than a minute to go in regulation.

Ryan will look to keep it going Week 2 at the Bengals, who gave up 345 passing yards to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Week 1.

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Matt Ryan begins with familiar foe
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made the most of his opening-week matchup against the Saints last season, completing 25 for 38 passes for 304 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The hope is he can do something similar with the Saints coming to town in Week 1.

While last year's opener was at New Orleans, this one is at home, where Ryan went without a touchdown against the Saints in Week 12 last year. But he was without star wide receiver Julio Jones in that game. The Saints did rank second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, but against the Falcons, coming off a year in which they threw the ball more often than any other team, that probably won't impact a Ryan's numbers too much. It certainly didn't limit his yardage last year. Even in that Week 12 meeting, he threw for 292.

Bottom line: Based on where you drafted Ryan, you'd need an awfully good reason to consider sitting him in Fantasy, and this matchup against the Saints isn't it. Jamey Eisenberg ranks him ninth among quarterbacks for the week, and Dave Richard is even more optimistic, ranking him sixth.

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Matt Ryan strikes paydirt twice in third exhibition game
by Igor Mello |

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looked sharp in Saturday's dress rehearsal game against the Titans.

Ryan hooked up with Devin Hester for a short pass and the return specialist/receiver took it 31 yards for a score. He then found Julio Jones for a 52-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He played into the third quarter and compiled 224 yards through the air while completing 18 of 23 passes. He added two touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 136.2 passer rating.

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2008Atlanta Falcons161643426561.134407.9370161117/10445987.7
2009Atlanta Falcons141445126358.329166.4790221419/9231480.9
2010Atlanta Falcons161657135762.537056.494628923/15832691.0
2011Atlanta Falcons161656634761.341777.3880291226/173551092.2
2012Atlanta Falcons161661542268.647197.6780321428/210461099.1
2013Atlanta Falcons161665143967.445156.9481261744/29844989.6
2014Atlanta Falcons22875563.26797.8054433/2211188.2
2008Atlanta Falcons1616551041.9171011
2009Atlanta Falcons141430491.67109
2010Atlanta Falcons1616461222.720019
2011Atlanta Falcons161637842.3122011
2012Atlanta Falcons1616341414.116107
2013Atlanta Falcons161617553.217005
2014Atlanta Falcons226437.212003
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
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2009Atlanta Falcons1400.000000.0000
2010Atlanta Falcons1600.000000.0000
2011Atlanta Falcons1611.000000.0000
2012Atlanta Falcons1622.000000.0000
2013Atlanta Falcons1600.000000.0000
2014Atlanta Falcons200.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2008Atlanta Falcons1661020020
2009Atlanta Falcons1452020020
2010Atlanta Falcons1643000000
2011Atlanta Falcons1653020020
2012Atlanta Falcons1632000000
2013Atlanta Falcons1654010010
2014Atlanta Falcons200000000
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