|11/21/2014||Torrey Smith, WR BAL|
Falcons , TQB ATL
Roddy White, WR ATL
|Sheldon Richardson, DE NYJ|
Jason McCourty, CB TEN
Colts , TQB IND
|11/21/2014||Falcons , TQB ATL||Lions , TQB DET|
|11/20/2014||Mark Ingram, RB NO|
Saints , TQB NO
|Falcons , TQB ATL|
Alfred Morris, RB WAS
Ryan Mathews, RB SD
Rank Among Leaders
Matt Ryan produces just one touchdown against Bucs
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(11/9/14) Facing the league's 31st ranked pass defense, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 20 of 31 throws for 219 yards and a touchdown in the Week 10 win at Tampa Bay. Ryan has thrown just six touchdown passes over his past five games.
Sunday, he hit wideout Roddy White for a 5-yard score in the fourth quarter. Earlier he had receiver Julio Jones wide open for a 48-yard score. But Ryan underthrew him and the pass was knocked away. Receiver Devin Hester dropped a touchdown pass, too.
Ryan, who has one 300-yard game since the opener, rushed three times for 9 yards. He visits the Panthers in Week 11.
Matt Ryan worth a shot this week
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(11/6/14) If you haven't checked out the latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em, you may not know that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for Week 10. One of the reasons Jamey Eisenberg points out in the column is that Ryan has scored at least 27 Fantasy points in each of his last three games coming off a bye, but the bigger reason for me is just the matchup.
Ryan doesn't need a healthy offensive line to move the ball against the Buccaneers. They rank 31st against the pass, allowing 285.3 yards per game, and have given up the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Plus, Ryan had one of his better games in his earlier meeting with them this season, throwing for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3. His offensive line was healthier then, sure, but even a second-string unit should be able to get by against this defense.
With all the injuries to his offensive line, Ryan has become a risky play in general, but this week, both Jamey and Dave Richard rank him among their top seven quarterbacks.
QB Matt Ryan feels Falcons can bounce back in second half
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(11/6/14) The Falcons open the second half of the season with a 2-6 record and mired in a five-game losing streak. Despite the struggles, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan remains confident Atlanta can have a strong second half.
"We've done some things well on the offensive side of the ball, but we're missing a play here or a play there," Ryan said, per ESPN. "And it's kind of a different thing each week. ... It's kind of across the board, we've made mistakes. And we've looked at it.
"I think guys have had a chance to really look in the mirror; take a good, hard look at themselves and self-evaluate. I think guys have the right mindset. I really do."
Ryan also talked about where he can make improvements in the second half.
"Just making plays when they're there," he said. "Specifically in the fourth quarter. When there are opportunities that present themselves, you've got to hit them. It's not revolutionary or anything crazy. It is what it is. When the plays are there, we've got to make them.
"I think a theme for us has to be being opportunistic. There are different points throughout a game where opportunities present themselves, and we've got good enough players that we've got to make those plays when they present themselves. That's kind of going to be my focus heading into this week."
Falcons QB Matt Ryan cools off after fast start in Week 8
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(10/26/14) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan cooled off after a fast start in Sunday's Week 8 defeat to the Lions in London.
Ryan got off to a rapid-fire start, firing a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. He hooked up with Devonta Freeman for a 7-yard touchdown strike on the opening drive, followed by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Bear Pascoe on the ensuing drive. He cooled off in the second half and was picked off by Cassius Vaughn in the third quarter.
Ryan compiled for 228 yards through the, 160 of which came in the first half. He completed 20 of 27 passes with two touchdowns and one interception, registering a 108.3 passer rating. He was sacked twice and finished with 6 rushing yards.
The Falcons are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at Tampa Bay.
Might be time to sit Matt Ryan
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(10/23/14) After he lost his fourth starting offensive lineman for the season in what his third straight game with just one touchdown pass, I suggested Fantasy owners might consider sitting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for Week 8 against the Lions in London. Turns out Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard are completely on board with that, ranking him only 20th among quarterbacks.
Granted, the Saints' Drew Brees managed to find a way against them last week, but it doesn't change the fact that the Lions have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks by far. And most of the ones they've faced still had their offensive lines intact.
Part of Ryan's problem is that he just doesn't have time to throw the ball downfield, and that's not going to improve with his starting center now gone. The Lions, as you might expect from their ranking, have a terrific pass rush. They're tied for third with 21 sacks. They're also one of three teams that have recorded more interceptions than they've allowed touchdown passes.
Even if everything was hunky-dory for Ryan and he was coming off a stretch where he looked like Peyton Manning, he'd be a candidate to sit with such a tough matchup. As things currently stand for him and the Falcons, it's a no-brainer move.