NFC South: 2013 Week 5 QB Watch NFC

QB Watch: Falcons' Matt Ryan

October, 9, 2013
10/09/13
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A weekly analysis of the Falcons' quarterback play.

Rewind: Matt Ryan completed 36 of 45 passes for 319 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 111.0 in the Falcons’ 30-28 loss to the New York Jets on Monday night. Both of his scores came in the red zone, where the Falcons improved to 4-for-5 in terms of red zone efficiency. Ryan was sacked twice.

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Fast-forward: Ryan has the bye week to get up to speed with unfamiliar targets as top receiver Julio Jones (foot) could be lost for the season and No. 2 receiver Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) could be sidelined for some time as well. Ryan has targeted tight end Tony Gonzalez more than anyone over the past two games (28 targets). Expect that to trend to continue.

The wild card: Tight end Levine Toilolo, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound rookie, felt he let Ryan down with a dropped touchdown against the Patriots. He made up for it with a 3-yard touchdown catch against the Jets. His emergence could lead to more two-tight end sets, particularly without Jones in the lineup.

Prediction: Ryan will rally his troops despite the rash of injuries and lead the 1-4 Falcons to three straight victories following this week’s bye. Then the 4-4 Falcons will take on the mighty Seahawks at home, and get humbled.

QB Watch: Buccaneers' Mike Glennon

October, 9, 2013
10/09/13
9:00
AM ET
A weekly analysis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback play.

Rewind: The Bucs had their bye week, which came after Mike Glennon’s debut in a 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

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Fast forward: Glennon was thrown into the starting lineup against Arizona after the abrupt benching of Josh Freeman and that put him at a disadvantage. But this time around, Glennon will have much more time to prepare. The coaching staff spent last week going over the Arizona tape with Glennon and working to correct his mistakes. This week, Glennon’s preparation has been focused on getting ready for Philadelphia’s defense.

New weapons? Tampa Bay’s offense has yet to get into any sort of positive rhythm so far this season. Coming out of the bye, the Bucs are likely to try to change some things. Coach Greg Schiano has hinted that running back Jeff Demps could take on a bigger role. Demps could be used as a change of pace to Doug Martin. The Bucs also will have a new slot receiver after releasing Kevin Ogletree. Either Tiquan Underwood or Eric Page will take Ogletree’s place as the Bucs try to get more production from their third receiver spot.

Prediction: Glennon did some positive things early in his debut, but threw two costly interceptions with the game on the line. I expect a more consistent outing from Glennon, but I still expect some rookie mistakes. The Eagles are likely to stack the box to stop Martin and challenge Glennon to beat them. I don’t know if he’s capable of doing that just yet.

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