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Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Date of Birth:  05/17/1985
Age:  34
Height  6'4"
Weight:   217
College:  Boston College
Drafted:  2008 | Round 1 | Pick 3
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan totals three touchdowns against the Bucs.

Ryan was 31/44 for 378 yards, two touchdowns and one interceptions along with four carries for seven yards and one reception for five yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 17 victory to end the season at 7-9. The first passing score was to Julio Jones on a post route, and the second passing score was to a wide-open Calvin Ridley in the flat; the receiving touchdown was on a "Philly Special" type of play where he caught a pass from Mohamed Sanu. Ryan also led Atlanta into position for a game-winning field goal by Matt Bryant as time expired. This was obviously a strong end to the season for Ryan, who ended up the No. 2 scoring quarterback this season behind only Patrick Mahomes. Ryan's 2018 campaign ends with 4,924 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions, a completion percentage of 69.4%, 33 carries, 125 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns. In fantasy drafts this summer, Ryan will likely be undervalued and lowly ranked for whatever reason, but he should be a strong QB1 option for 2019.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws three touchdowns in Falcons' Week 16 win.

Ryan was 15/26 for 239 yards and three touchdowns along with one fumble lost (on a strip sack) against the Panthers. The first touchdown was to Julio Jones on a roll out at the goal line; the second was to Calvin Ridley on a 75-yarder where Ridley got wide-open deep down the field against a busted coverage and Ryan did a great job of laying the ball out there while under pressure; and the third was to Mohamed Sanu on a 44-yarder on a deep-crossing route. Matty Ice is now up to 33 touchdowns, the second highest mark of his career, and he should finish the regular season out on a strong note next week against the Bucs. Keep him locked into fantasy lineups as a QB1 for fantasy championships.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons blow out the Cardinals, 40-14.

Ryan was 22/36 for 231 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding three carries for 18 yards and another score. The game was a good sign for Atlanta in a trying season, as it was basically a glimpse of what could have been in 2018. Ryan's first score was a 21-yard throw to Julio Jones at the end of the first half, and he later found Justin Hardy from five yards away. The former MVP of the league gets a couple cupcake matchups (@ CAR, @ TB) to close out the year, so he will be on the QB1 map for the fantasy championship.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws three touchdowns in Falcons' Week 14 loss.

Ryan was 28/42 for 262 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against the Packers in Lambeau Field. The Falcons offense started hot with a quick touchdown drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown to Julio Jones on a drag route, but they couldn't get any more points on the board until the fourth quarter. A comeback fell short, but Ryan threw a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns (including another to Jones) to help make it a strong fantasy day. In between, Ryan threw a pick-six. The lost basically ensures the Falcons won't be going to the postseason, but Ryan will still look to continue his great individual season next week against the Cardinals.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws one touchdown as the Falcons drop to 4-8.

Ryan was 16/26 for 131 yards and one touchdown along with two carries for four yard and one fumble lost. The Ravens made things incredibly difficult on Ryan and the Falcons offense all game, and every yard was a challenge throughout the game. Baltimore put constant pressure on Matty Ice, and the forced fumble was a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown. The score came in the fourth quarter with the Falcons attempting to stage a comeback, as Ryan hit Austin Hooper in tight coverage in the red zone. This was the 2016 NFL MVP's first game of the season without at least 250 pass yards, so he'll obviously look to bounce back in Week 14 against the Packers.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws two touchdowns in Thanksgiving Night loss.

Ryan was 35/47 for 377 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with two carries for 16 yards and one fumble lost. Ryan's 16 rushing yards were a team-high, as the Falcons did not commit to the running game and didn't have much room to run on their attempts. And Atlanta moved the ball, but four turnovers (three fumbles and the interception) had them leave a lot of points on the field in their 31-17 loss. Overall, Ryan was pressured throughout the game (the Saints sacked him six times) and might have been trying to do too much at times, but he had a fine game. The first touchdown was to Calvin Ridley on an in-breaking route in back of the end zone, and the second was to Tevin Coleman on an angle route with under two minutes remaining. On the Falcons' first drive, Ryan was about to throw a quick slant to Julio Jones at the goal line, but interior pressure caused a strip sack as he went to throw the ball. And late in the game, Calvin Ridley caught an in-breaking route and fumbled it inside the one-yard line, so this could have been an even bigger game for Matty Ice. Ryan has a tough matchup with the Ravens next week, but he remains a QB1 option given the point totals he's put up this season.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan and the Falcons fall to the Cowboys at home.

Ryan was 24/34 for 291 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Week 11 loss. It was a solid game for Ryan overall, but Dallas' defense played really well and got pressure throughout the game. The interception was off a Calvin Ridley drop that went to Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, and the touchdown was on a great deep ball to Julio Jones for 34 yards. From a fantasy perspective, this was Ryan's worst game since Week 1, so he'll look to have a bigger performance against the Saints on Thanksgiving night. New Orleans has been rolling through people, but Ryan should be a great QB1 for the matchup. He threw for five touchdowns against the Saints back in Week 3.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons fall to 4-5 with loss against the Browns.

Ryan was 38/52 for 330 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding three carries for 13 yards and two fumbles (one lost) in a 28-16 defeat. The Falcons were simply beat up front, as Cleveland ran the ball at will, while Atlanta was forced to air it out 50+ times to try to overcome a 28-10 deficit. Ryan connected with Julio Jones for another score, and Austin Hooper was able to find the end zone on an excellent individual effort late in the game, but the Falcons are now heading into the biggest five-day stretch of the season against the resurgent Cowboys and the 8-1 Saints. For next week, Ryan remains at least a solid QB1 back at home.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws four touchdowns in Falcons' win.

Ryan was 26/38 for 350 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception against the Redskins, hitting Tevin Coleman for two touchdowns, Calvin Ridley for one touchdown, and Julio Jones for the final score. It was basically a flawless game for Matty Ice, who spread the ball to his weapons and allowed them to make plays. The interception came on a play where Ridley didn't cut in front of the safety on his route, so it didn't appear to be on Ryan. Through eight games, Ryan is on pace for 5,370 yards, 38 touchdowns, and six interceptions, which matches up well with his 2016 MVP season. He's also on pace for 134 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. The 4-4 Falcons will look to continue their season turnaround when they face the Browns next week.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons pickup Monday Night Football victory over the Giants, 23-20.

Ryan was 31/39 for 379 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the win. The score came in the second quarter on a beautiful deep ball to Marvin Hall from 47 yards away, and Ryan consistently picked apart New York's defense with a very efficient night. The Falcons head into the bye at 3-4, and they will look to make a run starting in November with road games against the Redskins and Browns. Ryan, who hasn't thrown an interception since Week 2, will likely be ranked as a top-five fantasy option when Atlanta is back in action.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan torches the Buccaneers in Falcons' win.

After the pass protection really struggled last week against the Steelers, the offensive line bounced back with a strong performance in the Week 6 win against Tampa Bay. Ryan was given plenty of time to make deep drop backs and get the ball out to his many weapons as he continued his excellent play. Matty Ice was 31/41 for 354 yards and three touchdowns along with one carry for 13 yards in the 34-29 victory. The scores were to Mohamed Sanu (for 35 yards), Austin Hooper, and Tevin Coleman. In his last four games, Ryan has thrown for 1,432 yards (358 per game), 12 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The 2016 NFL MVP is in his MVP form, and he's a strong QB1 next Monday night against a Giants team that was just lit up for three touchdowns by Carson Wentz.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan had x-rays on his foot but is fine.

The x-rays were negative, and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says Matty Ice is ready to go. The Falcons are 1-4 and need their MVP quarterback under-center if they're going to turn this season around. There's a lot of football left to be played, and the Falcons will try to get back on track this Sunday against the Buccaneers. Ryan will be one of the top fantasy quarterback options of the week in a great matchup.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws one touchdown against the Steelers.

In what looked like it might be a potential shootout between the Falcons and the Steelers, Pittsburgh put a ton of pressure on Matty Ice throughout the afternoon, not giving him a clean pocket and sacking him six times. Overall, Ryan played well considering the circumstances, but he wasn't quite as accurate as usual while under so much pressure. Ryan was 26/38 for 285 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for ten yards and a lost fumble on a strip sack that was recovered by the Steelers in the end zone for a touchdown late in the game. On the sack, Ryan might have suffered an injury, but it's probably not anything that would force him to miss time. Look for Ryan and the Falcons, who are 1-4 and must start winning games, to bounce back against a beatable Tampa Bay secondary next week.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan goes over 400 yards in Falcons' loss.

Ryan had another outstanding game, but it was a second straight home loss for Atlanta. Ryan was 29/39 for 419 yards and three touchdowns against the Bengals, with two scores going to rookie Calvin Ridley and another going to Logan Paulsen. Matty Ice continues to play exceptionally well after the offense struggled in the season opener at Philadelphia, and he has 12 total touchdowns and one interception in the last three games. Through four games, Ryan is on pace for 5,264 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, eight interceptions, 172 rushing yards, and eight rushing touchdowns. Ryan is among the top fantasy options for Week 5 against the Steelers.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons fall in an overtime shootout to Drew Brees and the Saints.

Ryan went 26/35 for 374 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the 43-37 loss. He also rushed four times for 12 yards. Hilariously written off after a disappointing opener, Ryan has averaged 34 fantasy points per game over the past two weeks. On Sunday, he found Calvin Ridley from 18, 75, and nine yards away for scores over the first three quarters before connecting with Tevin Coleman and Mohamed Sanu for five-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Atlanta didn't get their hands on the ball in overtime, but there's really nothing to complain about for fantasy owners. Matty Ice is at least a solid QB1 for a home matchup with the Bengals in Week 4, but he will probably still be overlooked.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan emulates Cam Newton on the ground in 31-24 win over the Panthers.

Ryan went 23/28 for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, also rushing four times for 18 yards and two scores. Both passing touchdowns came in the red zone to Calvin Ridley (11 yards) and Austin Hooper (eight yards), which is a great sign after Atlanta's offensive struggles in the opener. In the second half, Ryan surprisingly did it himself on the ground from one and eight yards out in a key victory over Carolina. Next week, the Falcons get another big matchup against the Saints, and Ryan should be treated as a solid QB1 at home.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan and the Falcons lose close opening game against the Eagles.

Ryan didn't have a great game versus the Eagles, who have played well against him and the offense the past couple of seasons. Matty Ice was 21/43 for 251 yards and an interception while also adding two carries for eight yards on the ground. The interception was on a deep out-breaking route to Julio Jones, who appeared to maybe take blame on the sidelines for not going for the ball or running a more crisp route. To start the game, the Falcons had four goal-to-go chances to put the ball in the end zone and could not, and then they had chance at the end to score and could not. Philadelphia simply hasn't been a good matchup for the Falcons the past couple of years, and Ryan should have a bounce-back game in Week 2 against the Panthers.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Steve Sarkisian says he's more comfortable heading into Year 2 as the Falcons' offensive coordinator.

Like players, coaches certainly get more comfortable with a year under their belt with a team in most cases. Remember, last year Sarkisian didn't just implement his own offense; instead, basically had to learn the offense most of the players already knew. Sarkisian says the difference between this year and last year is "night and day" for him, and added: "Now I can make some of the tweaks that I feel like are needed for this offense to continue to grow." Atlanta's offense was still good last season, but they scored 187 less points than their outstanding 2016 season in which they led the league in scoring and Matt Ryan won MVP. With Sarkisian more comfortable heading into this season, look for the Falcons to be more aggressive on offense and put the ball in the end zone more. Many have been quick to forget how great the Falcons were offensively just a couple of seasons ago, and all skill position players on offense could see a bump in production in 2018.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

The Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan have agreed to a five-year extension worth $30 million per year, including $100 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

It is the largest contract in NFL history, and the guaranteed money easily surpasses Kirk Cousins' $84 million. Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, is one season removed from throwing for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns, and seven interceptions while leading Atlanta to Super Bowl LI, and despite losing offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2017, his play didn't fall off much. Turning 33 in exactly two weeks, the former third-overall pick is likely going to finish his career with the Falcons, though that always seemed like it would be the case. We would expect Ryan to bounce back from a statistical standpoint in 2018, especially after wide receiver Calvin Ridley was drafted in the first round last week to add to an offense that already includes Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Devonta Freeman, and Tevin Coleman. Ryan should be a tremendous value as a QB1 option in the middle of fantasy drafts this summer.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan and the Falcons fall to the Eagles in the Divisional Round.

Ryan was 22/36 for 210 yards and one touchdown in the loss in Philadelphia, as the Falcons were shutout in the second half. To start the game, the Falcons came out hot and moved the ball pretty easily against the Eagles, but the Eagles held the ball in the second half and didn't give Atlanta many opportunities. The touchdown for Matty Ice was on a spectacular play where Ryan spun out of a sack and flipped the ball to Devonta Freeman. At the end of the game, Ryan led his team down the field for a potential go-ahead touchdown, but a jump ball to Julio Jones fell incomplete and the Falcons never got the ball back. Overall, Ryan played a fine game, but this is a disappointing end to the season for him considering the Super Bowl aspirations. Looking ahead to next season, Ryan and the offense should enter the year more comfortable with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, and the 2016 NFL MVP is a good bet to have a better statistical season after having his lowest touchdown total since his rookie season.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons take care of Rams to start another potential postseason run.

Ryan was 21/30 for 218 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. The score was a beautiful lob pass under duress to Julio Jones from eight yards out to give Atlanta a 26-13 lead that they never relinquished. They will now head to Philadelphia next Saturday to take on the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles, and the Falcons have to feel pretty good about their chances relative to their respective seedings. A win for Ryan would get his team to the NFC Championship game for the second season in a row.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons make the postseason with 22-10 win over the Panthers.

Ryan was 28/45 for 317 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. He also rushed three times for 14 yards. The 2016 NFL MVP did what needed to be done, and Atlanta will now play the Rams next Saturday night in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. Ryan finishes the regular season by completing 64.7% of his passes for 4,095 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, as Kyle Shanahan's departure undoubtedly had a big impact on the offense. Still, they will get a chance to avenge their Super Bowl LI loss starting in Los Angeles, and Ryan has largely played better than his numbers suggest.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons can't clinch a playoff spot against the Saints.

Ryan was 22/36 for 288 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also rushed twice for seven yards. Atlanta would have clinched a playoff berth and set themselves up to win the division in Week 17 against Carolina with a win, but New Orleans controlled the game throughout and won 23-13. However, it's worth nothing that the Saints were on the good end of the worst officiated game of the year, including a would-be touchdown by Julio Jones that was inexplicably not overturned and led to zero points for the Falcons. They still control their own destiny next Sunday for a playoff spot, but things won't be easy against the Panthers. Consider Ryan a quality QB1.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons improve to 9-5 with 24-21 win over the Bucs.

Ryan was 17/31 for 212 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. He also rushed three times for 29 yards. Atlanta played through Devonta Freeman against a beat up Tampa Bay front, as he handled 27 touches for nearly 200 yards. The lone score for Ryan came on a six-yard pass to Justin Hardy, but he was mostly quiet after that. Heading to New Orleans on Christmas Eve for what should be a hotly-contested game, Matty Ice will be a mid/low-end QB1 option. The Falcons would win the NFC South with wins over the Saints and Panthers over the final two weeks of the season.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws three interceptions but Falcons beat the Saints.

Ryan was 15/27 for 221 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the close three-point Thursday night win. The stats don't look great, but Ryan played better than they indicate. The one interception looked like it could've been a holding call against rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who intercepted it at the end of the first half. Then to open the second half, Ryan had a pass go right off tight end Austin Hooper's hands and into linebacker Chris Banjo's arms. But the final interception was definitely on Ryan, on a pass to the end zone to Julio Jones that was simply thrown too low and didn't give Jones a great chance to go up for the ball. Clearly, this was less than ideal for fantasy owners in the first week of the fantasy playoffs, and that's just how some of these Thursday games have historically and unpredictably gone. Ryan will be a QB1 option against Tampa Bay in Week 15.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons grounded in 14-9 loss to Minnesota.

Ryan was 16/29 for 173 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. Atlanta had to settle for three field goals against arguably the top defense in the NFL, but some plays were left on the field. One of them came early in the game when Julio Jones was wide open on a slant with green grass in front of him, but it was high and off his hands. The Falcons will get a quick turnaround to face New Orleans in a gigantic matchup on Thursday night, and despite the struggles, Ryan should be a solid QB1 for the fantasy playoffs.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons stay hot with 34-20 win over the Bucs.

Ryan was 26/35 for 317 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. The score came on a 25-yard throw to Julio Jones in the second quarter, but Ryan owners were probably disappointed when Mohamed Sanu connected with Jones for a 51-yard touchdown earlier in the quarter. Still, it was another strong performance by the reigning NFL MVP, and he should be a solid QB1 for the fantasy playoffs. However, next Sunday against the Vikings won't be easy, and it might be best to look at a streaming option for anyone needing a win to play beyond Week 13.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan tosses two touchdowns as Falcons win in Seattle.

Matty Ice didn't put up huge numbers tonight, but he still had a very good game where he made plays while avoiding mistakes. Ryan was 19/27 for 195 yards and two touchdowns while adding three carries for 12 yards in the victory. This snaps Ryan's NFL record 64 consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards, but it was quite the feat for the 2016 league MVP. The first score was on a fade to the end zone to Mohamed Sanu, who mad a great one-handed catch; and the second score was to a wide-open Levine Toilolo in the end zone for 25 yards after a play-action fake. Ryan has yet to hit 20 fantasy points in a game this season, but he's thrown two touchdowns in four straight games and will be a good option against the Bucs in Week 12.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons improve to 5-4 with 27-7 win over the Cowboys.

Ryan was 22/29 for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The 2016 NFL MVP started off slow, but he found Justin Hardy and Austin Hooper for scores in the second half as Atlanta pulled away. Play-calling remains a concern for the Falcons, so despite them not having Richard Sherman, Ryan is just a low-end QB1 heading into a road matchup with the Seahawks.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws two touchdowns but the Falcons fall to 4-4.

Atlanta started out hot, scoring ten first-quarter points against the Panthers, but their next score didn't come until the fourth quarter. Overall, Ryan was 24/38 for 313 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, and it could've been a bigger day, but Julio Jones uncharacteristically dropped a perfect 39-yard deep ball in the end zone late in the game. Through eight games, the 2016 NFL MVP is completing 65.% of his passes and is on pace for 4,314 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. There's obviously been some adjusting to new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, despite them wanting to keep things pretty much the same after their scorching 2016 season. The Falcons will look to bounce back against the Cowboys next week.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons defeat Jets 25-20 in rainy game.

Ryan was 18/29 for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed six times for 17 yards. The first touchdown came on a play-action pass to Austin Hooper from the one-yard line, and the second was a a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to Mohamed Sanu in the back of the end zone. Ryan fumbled three times and lost two of them in the elements, but at least the offense was improved compared to a week ago in New England. He should be considered a low-end QB1 heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Panthers.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan, Falcons continue to struggle in Super Bowl LI rematch.

Ryan was 23/33 for 233 yards and one touchdown, as Atlanta was scoreless until the game was all but over in an eventual 23-7 loss. The 2016 NFL MVP also rushed three times for 37 yards, but the offensive issues were magnified on Sunday Night Football, as they couldn't do much of anything against New England. Combined with last week's collapse against the Dolphins, it's fair to wonder whether a change on the offensive staff could be coming. Perhaps they will turn things around the Jets next Sunday, but Ryan needs to be downgraded to a low-end QB1 until things are figured out.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Falcons lose close game to the Dolphins in Week 6.

Atlanta had a 17-0 halftime lead, but the offense didn't score any points in the second half and Matt Ryan's pass on a potential game-tying or go-ahead drive was intercepted on a great play by Dolphins corner Cordrea Tankersley, who tipped the pass for safety Reshad Jones to intercept. Overall, Ryan was 24/35 for 248 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss. The touchdown was on a 40-yard bomb to receiver Marvin Hall. In Week 7, the Falcons travel to Foxborough for a Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots in what could be a shootout. New England continues to give up a lot defensively, so Ryan should be an excellent fantasy option in the game despite his slow statistical start to the season.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan struggles in Falcons' 23-17 loss to the Bills.

Ryan was 24/42 for 242 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that was returned for a score, though it was a questionable call. After a long interception streak dating back to Week 13 of 2016, Ryan has thrown for five picks over the last two weeks. Against Buffalo, he was hurt by Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu leaving with injuries, but it's concerning nonetheless. It would be shocking if he didn't pick up his pace of 4,436 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions, particularly in the touchdown/interception department. Fantasy owners need to look elsewhere for Week 5 with Atlanta on a bye; they play the Dolphins in Week 6.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan throws three interceptions; Falcons still beat Lions 30-26.

Ryan was 24/35 for 294 yards, two touchdowns, and the three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. It was actually Ryan's first interception since Week 13 of last season, which is pretty remarkable. It wasn't a great game for the 2016 NFL MVP, but they were still able to get a road win against Detroit, showing how good this Falcons team is. Matty Ice should be better as they return home to face the Bills next Sunday. He's a solid QB1.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan was 19/28 for 252 yards and one touchdown in Sunday night's 34-23 win over the Packers.

He also rushed once for eight yards. Ryan and the Falcons got off to a 24-7 halftime lead, and they relied on the running game in the second half. Atlanta is now 2-0 as they head to Detroit, whom will be playing on a short week after facing the Giants on Monday Night Football. Matty Ice is a solid QB1 for Week 3.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matty Ice and the Falcons beat the Bears for close Week 1 victory.

Ryan was 21/30 for 321 yards and a touchdown against Chicago, while also adding three carries for 11 yards. The 2016 NFL MVP made an MVP play when he stepped up in the pocket in the fourth quarter and hit a wide open Austin Hooper for an 88-yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 20-10 in the fourth quarter of their eventual 23-17 win. Ryan and the Falcons open their beautiful new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first meaningful NFL game there next Sunday night against the Packers in what could be a shootout.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Falcons first team struggles to get going in Week 3 of the preseason.

The Cardinals played some great defense, getting pressure on Matt Ryan and blanketing the Falcon receivers. Ryan was only 4/11 for 36 yards and an interception in the game. Things just never really looked in sync, and the starters weren't left in the game long enough to get it going. This should not be a concern entering the year, as the Falcons were on fire offensively in their first two preseason games. Matty Ice is locked in as a QB1 entering this season as the league's reigning regular season MVP.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan leads touchdown drive in only series in Week 2 preseason game.

Matty Ice was 4/6 for 57 yards as he carved up the Steelers defense. A couple of Ryan's passes weren't exactly on point, but he appeared comfortable and kept the offense moving. His best play was on a third down where he stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to tight end Austin Hooper for a first down. There's no reason last year's NFL MVP won't be a great QB1 again in 2017.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

2016 MVP Matt Ryan leads prompt scoring drive in opening preseason game.

Matty Ice was 3/3 for 32 yards and a touchdown to Devonta Freeman before exiting the game. The play-action game was working, just as it did all of last season. Ryan should definitely be among the top options at the position for a second straight season.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Tom Pelissero says there haven't been any "substantive talks" and the Falcons likely won't address a new contract for Matt Ryan until after the season.

Last year's MVP is signed through 2018, so the Falcons don't need to move too urgently in locking up their quarterback long-term. Of course, Matty Ice could lead the Falcons to a Super Bowl and make his next contract astronomical, but he'd probably be the highest paid player in the NFL if they did a deal right now anyway. There isn't much question Ryan will be with the Falcons long-term, it's just a matter of when they come to an agreement on an extension. For 2017, Ryan will look to keep up his elite play despite the switch at offensive coordinator from Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan says there really isn't a change in the offense from last season.

Last year's offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is now the head coach of the 49ers. Steve Sarkisian is the new OC, but they're using "pretty much" the same offense as before. Sarkisian is the one that needs to learn the system and terminology, not the players. Obviously, the Falcons have an offense that works, and it's smart to keep the system in place, despite the change in coordinators. The team scored 540 points last season, the eighth highest total in NFL history. While they might not hit that mark again, the offense is tough so stop and should be among the NFL's elite.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

New Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said "I'm an aggressive by nature play caller and that's something Dan believes in" on a teleconference.

Dan Quinn is an attacking coach, and if you listened to the sideline sounds from the Super Bowl, he was all for staying aggressive at the end of the game. People have been quick to criticize the offense for not running the ball at the end of the game, but the Falcons have a great offense and wanted to end the game rather than risk a missed field goal rather than give Tom Brady the ball; the criticism is unfair and the Patriots deserve all the credit in the world. The Falcons offense should remain the same style next season, and it should keep them among the best teams in the NFL, along with their young and improving defense.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Falcons offense not expected to change much with Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator.

Head coach Dan Quinn targeted Sarkisian partly because of how similar he will keep the offense to their record-setting 2016 season. With a great set of receivers, offensive line, and run game, the Falcons offense should be among the top three in the NFL again next season. Matt Ryan should remain one of the early favorites for MVP.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan plays great in the Super Bowl, but Falcons fall to the Patriots.

Matty Ice was 17/23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns, along with a lost fumble on a sack. Ryan could not have played any better in the game. His best throw was to Julio Jones when the Falcons were up seven points; Ryan placed it perfectly over Pats corner Eric Rowe. It put the Falcons in field goal range, but pressure from New England and sacks put the Falcons out of field goal range and unfortunately for Ryan, Tom Brady took over from there and led two straight long touchdown drives to win the Super Bowl. OC Kyle Shanahan is leaving for the 49ers, but Ryan is a great player that should still be among the top QBs next season. We think Chip Kelly as offensive coordinator, as has been speculated, would be good.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matty Ice wins Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

This was expected after Ryan was named First Team All-Pro over Tom Brady. Either Ryan or Brady could have been named MVP, but Ryan got the nod after putting together a great 16-game stretch. Anyone that watched Ryan play this season saw how great he was. Matty Ice will try to cap off his amazing season with a Super Bowl victory tomorrow against the MVP runner up, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matty Ice cools off Packers with five touchdowns; advances to first career Super Bowl.

Matt Ryan was 27/38 for 392 yards and four touchdowns, along with three carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. Ryan and the Falcons offense looked nearly unstoppable, just as they have all season long. The likely-MVP will now have a chance to win a Lombardi Trophy. Whatever happens in the game, Ryan has had one of the greatest quarterbacking seasons in NFL history.

Matty Ice carves up the Seahawks; Falcons advance to NFC Championship.

Matt Ryan was 26/37 for 338 yards and three touchdowns versus Seattle. Ryan played just like he has all season, using all his weapons and being deadly accurate on nearly all his passes. Ryan will look to get to his first Super Bowl next weekend against either the Packers or Cowboys in the NFC Championship.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

MVP? Matty Ice closes the regular season with 330 yards and four touchdowns.

Matt Ryan was 27/36 for 331 yards and four touchdowns in a win against the Saints. With the win, the Falcons improved to 11-5 and the #2 seed in the NFC. Matt Ryan finishes the regular season with 38 touchdowns to just seven interceptions with 4,944 yards and a 69.9% completion percentage. Ryan could have had even better numbers if the Falcons offense didn't blow so many teams out. The Falcons easily led the league in scoring, with 33.8 points per game and Matt Ryan had a 117.1 passer rating—fifth highest in NFL history for a single season. Despite Aaron Rodgers making a strong case late in the season for MVP and Tom Brady obviously playing as well as you can with a 28:2 TD/INT ratio in his 12 games, it's hard to make an argument against Matt Ryan for MVP.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan has another great day.

Ryan was 27/33 for 277 yards two touchdowns against the Panthers. Ryan showed great movement in the pocket and hit his receivers all game. It was another MVP-like performance from Ryan, who has to be in the discussion with Brady and Rodgers—Ryan might even be the frontrunner for his steady performance all season (Brady was suspended).

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan keeps MVP campaign going; Falcons improve to 9-5.

Ryan was 17/23 for 286 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers. He was without Julio Jones again, but it didn't phase Ryan as he put the ball wherever he want to his other receivers. He averaged 12.4 yards per attempt in the game, and should keep it going next week against the Panthers. Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns in his first matchup against Carolina. Matty Ice is clearly in the MVP conversation with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matty Ice shreds Rams despite no Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

Ryan was 18/28 for 237 yards and three touchdowns. The first touchdown was on a back shoulder throw to Justin Hardy from the seven yard line after the Rams fumbled the opening kick off. Then Ryan threw a screen to Tevin Coleman from about ten yards that Coleman took in, and Ryan threw a 64-yard bomb to Taylor Gabriel for six. Matty Ice was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter and would've had an even bigger game if the game was close. Ryan is playing like an MVP and is an elite QB1 right up there with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. He should have another big game next week against the 49ers, especially if Julio Jones can get healthy.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan was 22/34 for 297 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Falcons' 29-28 loss to the Chiefs.

He also rushed three times for 23 yards. Ryan was good on Sunday, but committed a crucial mistake up 28-27 that cost them the game. On the two-point conversion attempt to go up three, Ryan was picked off by Eric Berry and it was returned for two points for the Chiefs; the Falcons never regained the lead. Berry also had a pick-six earlier in the game. It looked like Atlanta was in for a big day offensively after a 10-point 1st quarter, but they had only six more points until their 12-point 4th quarter. Matty Ice remains a high-end QB1 as the Falcons take on the 4-8 Rams next week.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan was 26/34 for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Falcons' 38-19 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Ryan also rushed four times for 15 yards. Coming off a bye week, Atlanta got everyone involved on offense. Both of Ryan's touchdowns were on screen passes to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel; the first was a 35-yarder in the 2nd quarter, and the other was a 25-yarder in the 4th quarter. It probably would have been a bigger day if the Cardinals offense could have kept up, but it was a good performance against a tough defense. Ryan will be a high-end QB1 again next week at home versus the Chiefs.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan was 18/33 for 267 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Sunday's loss in Philadelphia.

Ryan could have had a bigger game and gotten the win if not for a couple Julio Jones drops, but it was still a decent performance in a tough environment. The MVP candidate made some unbelievable throws with pressure in his face on Sunday. The Falcons get a rest this week with their bye, and Matty Ice will return as a no-doubt elite QB1 for Week 12 and the rest of the season.

Matt Ryan | Falcons QB

Matt Ryan was 25/34 for 344 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons blowout win over the Buccaneers on TNF.

It was a relatively slow start for Ryan this year, but he turned it on in the second half. Ryan completed 73.5% of his passes, with 10.1 yards per attempt in the game. Through nine games, Ryan is on pace for 41 touchdowns and 5,298 yards and only seven interceptions, with a 69.6% completion percentage. Ryan—along with Tom Brady—is the clear frontrunner for MVP. He is also the top fantasy quarterback to own, along with Brady. Keep him in your lineup and expect big things, even in a surprisingly tough matchup in Philadelphia with the Eagles next week.

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