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Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:18 am
M. Ryan has become one of the better quarterbacks in the league (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I was prepared to write a post about how much better Matt Ryan is at playing quarterback than Joe Flacco. I probably wouldn’t have phrased it exactly like that, because the difference in the abilities of Ryan and Flacco is probably minimal at best.

But with the Falcons dominating the Ravens for most of the game Thursday night – and with Ryan easily out-playing Flacco – it would have been an easy story to write.

Yet, then, Flacco showed that, while neither he nor Ryan should be considered a top-five quarterback, they’re most definitely two of the better quarterbacks in the league. And they’re two quarterbacks who can push their respective teams deep into the playoffs and perhaps take them on a ride to the Super Bowl.

During Atlanta’s 26-21 win vs. Baltimore, Ryan was brilliant, completing 32 of 50 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns. It was a career game for him.

Flacco (21 of 34 for 209 yards, three touchdowns and one pick), who looked so flat for most of the game, willed his team to 14-straight unanswered points, including two touchdown passes in a span of 4:37 late in the fourth quarter. It was a heck of a final 15 for him.

Briefly, after Flacco hit Ravens TE Todd Heap for the nine-yard score with 1:05 to play to give Baltimore the 21-20 lead, it looked like Flacco had been vindicated.

Until Ryan – who improved to 18-1 at home in his career – took the field, that is.

He didn’t get a ton of help from his receivers. Harry Douglas dropped a pass. So did Roddy White, which was strange because White had dropped one earlier in the quarter and White almost never drops passes.

But he threw a great ball to Michael Jenkins for a 24-yard gain in which Jenkins made a wonderful fingertip catch. He connected with White, and two plays later, Ryan – with the pocket collapsing around him – threw toward TE Tony Gonzalez. The pass was incomplete, but the officials called it pass interference on Ravens LB Tavares Gooden.

Which set the stage for Ryan, who rolled left and threw a great pass to White for the 33-yard touchdown with 20 seconds to go and the victory.

Earlier, I told you Ryan isn’t the elite of the elite. After all, can you visualize him standing in the same picture as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Philip Rivers? But with more performances like that, you can see that he eventually could make his way into the frame with the finest of the fine.

Ryan is already a really good quarterback. Ryan becoming a great quarterback is very much a real possibility.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:55 pm

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:04 am

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Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:47 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

I don't think the Falcon's look that great in winning, but they are winning. How many of their won games could have been lost games with a bad bounce, called push-off penalty, or made chip shot field goal? While I think they are lucky, it's that luck that could very well put them into the Super Bowl this year. Look at the Saints last year. They had a lot of dominate games, but they also had close games where they got all the bounces. In that regard the Falcons look like that team, although I haven't really seen them dominate anyone yet. They just keep getting by. Maybe that will be enough in a mirky NFC this year. Just beware of a healthy Saints team!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:00 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

I guess I'll never understand what an elite QB is.  Statistically, Dan Marino was much better than Terry Bradshaw or Troy Aikman, but who would you rather have lead your team?  Who achieved the ultimate goal for every NFL player?

The way I see it, a QB is as good as the success of his offense and offensive success means scoring enough points to beat the other team.  And a great QB makes his teammates feel like anything is possible.  That is where Matt Ryan has reached "elite" status.

The Falcons look VERY good.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:39 am

Elite Shmelite

Who cares if people think Matt Ryan is among the elite or not. As long as you "just win, baby".

Trent Dilfer was no All-Pro but he was a Super Bowl ring - something Philip Rivers does not have.

Ryan has led his team to a 7-2 record. I will take that any day of the week.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:53 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

Could'ves should'ves would'ves are always supposition. If from the 48 they hook up for a shorter than needed pass for say 13 yards then it becomes a 52 yd field goal  and the Falcons kicker had already hit a 51 yarder earlier. Or it becomes two passes to first down or the flag comes out on the defensesive player for the subtle interference of blocking the receiver rather than offensive it could'd been defensive. rewind your tivo and slow it down.
My viewing of it differs greatly than what the commentators saying and they don't always get it the way the refs call it do they

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:41 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

spoken like a true rookie. Didnt affect the ultimate outcome??? REALLY?? It was 3rd and 10 at the 33, if they call the obvious offensive interference call its 3rd and 20 from the 43 and well out of field goal range  LOL  Ridiculous comment..

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:36 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

After all, can you visualize him standing in the same picture as , , Drew Brees, or ?

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:07 am

Matt Ryan is awfully impressive

Actually the 15 yard pass interference call put them back to the 48 yeard line.

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