The Curious Case of Matt Ryan: Rivals Edition

Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) shown on the field during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals defeated the Falcons 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Cold, calculated, and confident, that is how I’d describe the veteran QB Matt Ryan through the first four games of 2016. Hello and welcome back to my third installation of The Curious Case of Matt Ryan. Today will be a little different; for this episode I’ll be not only recapping his performance versus the Panthers, but also make predictions for the game against the Broncos. So this article will be broken down into four sections: first half, second half, season outlook, and finally game prediction. If I have positive feedback, I may continue this format. Without further hesitation let’s dive right in!

1st Half

In the first half, Matt Ryan just shredded the Carolina secondary. He tossed the ball around very confidently and without hesitation. He spread the ball around to nine different receivers, with Julio being his favorite target. Ryan once again put on an elite level performance, with a touchdown to Jacob Tamme on a 4-yard pass. The only negative take-away I have from the first half was Ryan’s pick six, but it was only his second interception on the season. Ryan ended the half with only one touchdown. However, nothing the Panthers did could stop the high flying Falcons; that trend would continue more so into the second half. Ryan ended the half:


222 yards

1 TD

1 Int

2nd Half

Just like the first half, Matty Ice continued to demolish this young and