Although the Falcons have only lost one game, they still find themselves in second place in the NFC South. However, they can take great comfort in knowing they get to take on the horrendous Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.
Under new coach Dan Quinn, the Falcons have received the breath of fresh air this franchise so desperately needed. Their defense looks rejuvenated, and the offense has excelled under new offensive guru Kyle Shanahan. With Matty Ice in the prime of his playing career, he is finally playing up to the level he is capable of.
Of course, Ryan has taken advantage of having the most talented and physically gifted receiver in the league at his disposal. Ryan is also a rare example of consistency, as he has been fortunate to play his entire career as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. While Atlanta’s franchise quarterback has excelled since being drafted in 2008, this season under Shanahan has proven to be his most prolific one.
In Week 8, Ryan gets the mouthwatering treat of facing Tampa Bay’s defense. The nicest way to describe Tampa Bay’s pass defense is to say it isn’t very good. They have allowed 15 touchdown passes, while only snatching three interceptions. Playing this game at home, Ryan has a well-documented history of playing much better at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. All of this spells trouble for Tampa Bay, who was absolutely humiliated in a 56-14 meeting last time these teams met in Atlanta.
Look for Ryan to feed his favorite target, Julio Jones, en route to a huge fantasy day/victory. If the Falcons want to make a legitimate Super Bowl run, Ryan will need to continue to play like the star quarterback that he is. Playing Tampa Bay this week should do nothing but boost his confidence even more.
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