Ryan completed 26 of 35 attempts for 374 passing yards and a career-high five touchdowns, but the Falcons were defeated in overtime 43-37 by New Orleans.
After a slow start with just 8.8 fantasy points (standard scoring) in the season opener against the Eagles, Ryan has exploded for 35 points per game out his last two outings against divisional rivals Carolina and New Orleans. Ryan's sudden boost in value can be attributed to 646 passing yards over the past two weeks, his greatest regular-season output in back-to-back games since Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2016 MVP campaign. Next week Ryan and the Falcons will take on Cincinnati, whose defense has allowed multiple quarterback touchdowns in all three of its games thus far this season, and 300-plus passing yards in two of the three. Yesterday 5:42 pm (EST)
- Ryan said Friday that the Saints deploy a number of different defensive looks, making it all the more challenging to prepare for Sunday's matchup, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
- Ryan completed 23 of 28 pass attempts for 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Panthers. He also carried four times for 18 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 31-24 win.
- Ryan addressed Atlanta's red-zone woes with optimism Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It's a long season. I believe the work we put in is going to pay off moving forward. I hold the belief that that the job is going to get done when we get those opportunities again." All Matt Ryan News
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