Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Falcons' Matt Ryan
By Pat Yasinskas
A weekly analysis of the Falcons’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Matt Ryan completed 33 of 43 passes for 374 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 31-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Fast-forward: The Dolphins are off to a 2-0 start and are allowing an average of only 15 points per game. This is a big game for Miami as it tries to keep pace with New England in the AFC East. But it also is a big game for Atlanta, which is a game behind New Orleans in the NFC South.
Reunion time: Miami cornerback Brent Grimes began his career with Atlanta and knows receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones well. That knowledge may be helpful to Grimes. But the flip side is that the Falcons also know Grimes’ strengths and weaknesses. Grimes is undersized and doesn’t match up well with White and Jones. The Falcons will try to exploit the size advantage.
Prediction: Although Miami’s defense is playing well, I foresee a big day for Ryan. White and Jones have been slowed a bit by injuries, but they’re getting healthy now. Fantasy players should start Ryan if they have him because he should be good for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns.