The Atlanta Falcons wanted to rid the bad taste from last season’s porous performance when they weren’t able to finish games. So far, the Falcons have been more than formidable in the first month of the season. One of the main reasons why, is the play of Matt Ryan and the offense. It’s still early in the season, but it seems like Atlanta will be an offensive force in 2014.
Matt Ryan is one of six eligible quarterbacks that have over a 100 quarterback rating this season. Currently, Ryan is tied for ninth in passing attempts with Peyton Manning, while completing 68.5 percent of his passes. However, the mastery of the offense goes far beyond the completion numbers.
Matt Ryan is fourth in touchdown passes with seven, but he’s one off of the NFL lead with three interceptions. To be fair, almost half of the quarterbacks with significant playing time, have at least three interceptions, and the majority have at least two picks. In addition, Matt Ryan threw all of his interceptions in the loss, to the Cincinnati Bengals on the road. The Bengals have been unbeatable in their last 11 home games.
Ryan has been flawless at home with two wins over division rivals. On the first series against Tampa Bay, Matt Ryan completed 4/4 passes for 58 yards, during a 6-play 70 yard touchdown drive. The spirit of the Falcons’ offense was efficient and effective. Not only have they gotten into the red zone, the Falcons have produced touchdowns. The lead the league with 13 touchdowns, while averaging 34.3 points per game.
The offensive line has also worked wonders for the Falcons. Ryan has only been sacked four times, and he has been protected very well thus far. When Ryan has time to throw, he’s been on the money. Currently, he is second in passing yards and yards per game, behind Nick Foles.
The Falcons lead the league in total yards, with 455 per game, while only running the 11th most plays. Atlanta has a real opportunity to be an offensive juggernaut, and we could only be scratching the surface. For Ryan and the offense to continue on their great path, they must not forget about the running game. They are averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 121.3 yards per game on the ground.
Atlanta has a couple of road games coming up, so we will know how far the Falcons have come since their loss to Cincinnati. Are the Falcons an NFC contender?