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Falcons QB Matt Ryan falls flat in make-or-break game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:26 pm ET) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took a step back in a make-or-break game at home against Carolina in Week 17, throwing a pair of pick-sixes in a 34-3 defeat.

Ryan was picked off by Roman Harper, who took it back 31 yards for a touchdown in the first half. Tre Boston picked Ryan off in the fourth quarter and returned it 84 yards for a score. Ryan completed 29 of 47 passes for 260 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked six times and finished with a 58.8 passer rating.

Ryan finishes the year with 4,694 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has thrown four interceptions returned for touchdowns. He's tied with Blake Bortles for most pick-sixes in the NFL this season.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan throws for 322 yards in win over Saints


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan put together another string performance, cracking the 300-yard mark in his team's 30-14 victory over the Saints in Week 16.

Ryan fired a 3-yard touchdown pass to Eric Weems in the second quarter for his only score of the game. He compiled 322 yards while completing 30 of 40 passes. He added one touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 106.5 passer rating.

Ryan will now have a win-and-you're-in game at home against Carolina in Week 17.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan good, but not good enough Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) A strong performance by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday was not strong enough to overcome Pittsburgh.

Ryan finished 26 of 37 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Not bad considering he completed just 2 of 4 for 14 yards in the first quarter and fired a pick on a horrible throw to begin the second. He recovered to hit Devin Hester for a 17-yard score several minutes later and Roddy White on a 4-yarder early in the fourth.

His second half began with a bang when he found Hester for 46 yards. Ryan, who threw for 196 yards after intermission, will attempt to guide his team to a win next Sunday at New Orleans.


Julio Jones' absence hurts Matt Ryan's potential


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan enters Week 15 against the Steelers rolling, with 63 Fantasy points accrued in his previous two games. However, he could be without his top target this week, which could dramatically impact his Fantasy value.

Julio Jones is questionable for Sunday's game, and Ryan's value has to be tied to Jones. Ryan has leaned heavily on Jones during this strong run, as the duo has combined for 21 receptions, 448 yards and a pair of scores over the last two games. If Jones is sidelined, Ryan will be throwing to Roddy White, who was largely ineffective last week, in his return from an ankle injury.

White really doesn't look like the gamebreaker he used to be, so having only him to rely on would certainly adversely impact Ryan's value. He still has a solid matchup against a Steelers defense that has allowed more Fantasy points to quarterbacks than all but six teams, so Ryan should be a solid play. But his chances for another truly massive game go down if Jones isn't around catching passes. 


Matt Ryan able to stand, deliver


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/9/2014) After struggling most of the season behind a depleted offensive line, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan appears to be comfortable in the pocket again, leading his team on a frantic comeback bid with four touchdown passes Week 14 at Green Bay. It was his first game with more than two touchdown passes since Week 4. He had three touchdown passes in three of his first four games.

Though all the touchdowns were something new, the turnaround actually began for Ryan in Week 12, when he threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland. In that game, he had four passes of 20 yards or more, up from one in Week 11. He had three in Week 13 and five in this one.

Sounds to me like he's getting more time to throw the ball, and the number of sacks he has taken during that three-game stretch (a total of five) reflects the same. If the Falcons' reworked offensive line has jelled enough for him to keep his sights downfield -- and he recognizes what a luxury that is now -- making Julio Jones more of a priority than ever, he could be in for a big finish, especially since his matchups the next two weeks against the Steelers and Saints have the makings of shootouts.


Matt Ryan throws four second-half touchdowns in shootout loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan heated up in the second half at Green Bay on Monday night and finished 24 of 39 for 375 yards and a season-high four touchdowns with one interception. All four scores came after halftime as Atlanta nearly rallied from a 24-point deficit.

Ryan posted his fourth 300-yard passing game this season and added 23 yards on two rushes. His favorite receiver, by far, was Julio Jones. The duo hooked up 11 times for 259 yards and a score, including a 79-yard completion on the first play from scrimmage after halftime. Ryan also threw scoring passes to Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Eric Weems.

Up to 25 touchdowns, Ryan plays the Steelers in Week 15.


Falcons' Matt Ryan tosses two scores Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed two scores Week 13 against the Cardinals.

Ryan completed 30 of 41 passes for 361 yards and two scores. He also tossed one interception during the contest. Ryan got a ton of production out of his starting receivers. Julio Jones burned Arizona for 189 yards and a score. Harry Douglas also went over 100 yards. Nineteen of Ryan's 30 completions went to Jones and Douglas. Ryan looked strong early, tossing both touchdowns in the first quarter, but couldn't find the end zone again versus the tough Cardinals defense. He also had 4 rushing yards on three attempts. 

Ryan will look for more Week 14 against the Packers.


Falcons' Matt Ryan has two TDs, two turnovers in Week 12 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw two touchdowns Sunday against the Browns. However, the Falcons lost a close game on a last-second field goal, as Cleveland escaped with a 26-24 win Week 12.

Ryan completed 27 of 43 passes for 273 yards, while rushing for 6 yards on two carries. However, Ryan had some turnover issues Sunday. He threw one interception and lost one fumble in the loss.

Ryan gave Atlanta a 7-0 lead when he connected with Julio Jones for a 24-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He put Atlanta back in front, 14-13, with an 8-yard touchdown pass to running back Jacquizz Rodgers with 55 seconds left in the first half. 

Sunday was just the second time in seven games Ryan had multiple touchdown passes. The Falcons are back in action Week 13 vs. Arizona.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan compiled 268 passing yards Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan kept rolling with another solid performance, leading his team to a 19-17 victory over the Panthers in Week 11.

Ryan had a hard time scoring touchdowns in the red zone throughout the game. He got off to a slow start before hooking up with Roddy White for a 2-yard score in the third quarter. He compiled 268 yards through the air while completing 31 of 45 pass attempts. He added one touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 91.7 passer rating.

Ryan will look for his third consecutive win Week 12 against the Browns.


Matt Ryan produces just one touchdown against Bucs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) 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
(11/6/2014) 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
(11/6/2014) 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
(10/26/2014) 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
(10/23/2014) 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.


Disturbing trend developing for Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) Through the first four weeks of the season, the Falcons' Matt Ryan looked like he was back to being one of the elite quarterbacks in Fantasy after struggling with a depleted receiving corps behind a poor offensive line last year.

But after his third straight game with just one touchdown pass Week 7 at Baltimore, he's looking more like his 2013 self again.

It's understandable given all the injuries to his offensive line. Center Peter Konz, who hurt his knee in Week 7, becomes the fourth starter lost to injury, after Sam Baker, Joe Hawley and Lamar Holmes. Ryan's receiving corps may be intact, but his offensive line is again poor.

Now, he was still plenty usable in Fantasy in 2013, throwing for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns, including 1,355 and eight in his final five games. But he wasn't a slam-dunk starter every week, and he isn't now either.

With a tough matchup in London Week 8 against Detroit, he's a candidate to sit in Fantasy.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan's October struggles continue Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for just one touchdown Sunday, as the Falcons dropped a fourth straight game during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore. Ryan completed 29 of 44 passes for 228 yards, while rushing for 7 yards and losing one fumble.

Ryan was under constant pressure all game and was sacked five times. Ryan had just 54 passing yards by halftime and was taken down for a safety late in the fourth quarter. His lone touchdown pass was a 4-yard completion to Roddy White with 7:12 left in the game.

Ryan hasn't had a multitouchdown game in three October starts. He has three touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this month. The Falcons are back in action in Week 8 against the Lions.


Struggling Matt Ryan heads into tough matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has failed to score multiple touchdowns in the team's past two games, and will try to end that trend against a tough matchup, with the Ravens on the way in Week 7.

The Ravens have held four of six opposing quarterbacks to one touchdown or less this season, though each of the multiple-score games came in the past two weeks. Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon is the only passer to toss multiple touchdowns against the Ravens this season, which he did in Week 6.

Ryan has now failed to reach 20 Fantasy points in each of the last two games and three of six overall. He has a limited history against the Ravens, although he did toss three touchdowns against them in their lone meeting, back in 2010.

At this point, Ryan and the Falcons' passing game is sputtering much more than we expected. Ryan should still be productive, but he makes for a risky play against a defense that is holding quarterbacks to 17.0 Fantasy points per game, the eighth-lowest total in the league. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have Ryan ranked 17th among quarterbacks for Week 7, so consider him a risky start. 


Matt Ryan struggles in Week 6 loss vs. Bears


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed just 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 271 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his team's 27-13 loss to the Bears in Week 6.

Ryan couldn't get much going in the first half, leading the team on a field-goal drive in the first quarter for an early lead but entering halftime down 13-3. He connected with Antone Smith on what's becoming a typical long touchdown for the duo, this one coming from 41 yards out. The interception came on a deep ball to Julio Jones late in the fourth quarter with the offense needing quick points. Ryan had delivered two three-touchdown, no-interception games at home this season before coming up short Sunday. He has a trip to Baltimore on tap in Week 7.


For Matt Ryan, it all comes down to pressue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has struggled with his consistency this season, posting three games with 25-plus Fantasy points and two with 16 or fewer. What should his Fantasy owners expect in Week 6 with the Bears on the schedule?

Ryan's two worst performances of the season have come in Week 2 against the Bengals and Week 5 against the Giants, and those one thing in common. Ryan was pressured on 38.9 percent of his 95 dropbacks in those two games per ProFootballFocus.com, compared to just 31.6 percent in his other three games. It is simple and obvious, but Ryan has struggled considerable more this season when pressured.

Fortunately for Ryan, this is not a Bears defense that has done a great job pressuring the quarterback. Through five games, they have gotten pressure on just 30.9 percent of their opponents' dropbacks, despite ranking 11th in the league with 11 sacks. If the Bears give Ryan time to operate in a clean pocket, he will pick them apart.

The Bears have mostly held up well against opposing quarterbacks, though they have also benefitted from a pretty easy schedule. Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers have racked up 54 Fantasy points against the Bears over the last two weeks, while Geno Smith and EJ Manuel managed just 33 combined points in two games; Chicago's most impressive performance came in holding Colin Kaepernick to 13 Fantasy points in Week 2.

Ryan gets the added benefit of playing at home, where he has six touchdowns and no interceptions in two starts. Ryan deserves to be in your starting lineup for Week 6 despite a subpar effort last week.


Falcons QB Matt Ryan throws for 316 yards in Week 5 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan surpassed 300 yards Sunday against the Giants, but it wasn't enough as New York won 30-20. Ryan completed 29 of 45 passes for 316 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Ryan's lone touchdown pass came in the in the third quarter when he dumped a pass off to Antone Smith, who made one defender miss and then outran the rest of the defense for a 74-yard touchdown.

Sunday was the first time since Week 1 Ryan threw for more than 300 yards. However, it was the second time this season he was held to less than three passing touchdowns.

The Falcons are back in action Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Matt Ryan has confidence in Falcons' revamped offensive line


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said he has confidence in the team's revamped offensive line heading into Week 5 against the Giants, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The team lost center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes to season-ending injuries, and Justin Blalock is batting a back injury that will likely sideline him Sunday. The offensive line Week 5 will feature Peter Konz at center and Gabe Carimi at right tackle, with Harland Gunn expected to play at left guard.

"Mike Tice has done a really good with those guys this entire year," Ryan said. "We have guys who’ve had more experience playing."


Matt Ryan tosses three scores Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns Week 4 against the Vikings.

Ryan completed 25 of 41 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan also threw two interceptions during the contest. Even with Harry Douglas out, Ryan was able to take advantage of his top three receivers. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Devin Hester all managed at least 70 yards during the contest. White and Hester managed to haul in touchdowns, as did fullback Patrick DiMarco.

Ryan will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Can Matt Ryan keep it going?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) When the Falcons travel to Minnesota in Week 4, quarterback Matt Ryan will be taking on the same defense that Drew Brees was supposed to torch in Week 3. That didn't exactly happen. Brees was decent enough, throwing for 293 yards and two touchdowns, but he didn't have the type of game his owners were hoping for when they drafted him.

That's no reason to shy away from Ryan this week. His performance Week 2 at Cincinnati gives you reason to question his consistency, as good as he was the other two weeks, but even if the Vikings defense did show a little something against the Saints, it's not the Bengals defense. The Bengals defense is looking like it might have reached another level with the way it followed up that Week 2 performance against the Titans last week. It may, in fact, be beyond matchups.

And in case you haven't noticed, Ryan is too. Don't let one disappointment interfere with a good thing, whether this week or beyond.


Matt Ryan dominates before early exit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was dominant against the Falcons Thursday night.

Ryan completed 21 of 24 attempts, for 286 yards and three scores. He did all of this before the end of the third quarter. With the Falcons up 42-0, Ryan was pulled from the game. Tampa had no answers for the Falcons offense, allowing Ryan to drive the ball up and down the field with ease. Ryan also had one rushing attempt for 2 yards.

Ryan will look for more Week 4 against the Vikings. 


Matt Ryan expects offense to get back on track Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) 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."