"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."
After winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 1 with a career-best performance against the Saints,
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.
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.
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.
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.
|4||9/28/14||@ MIN||4:25 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/9/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|14||12/8/14||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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