I know, I know. NFL stats don't mean near as much as MLB stats....hell, you could even argue that non-advanced stats in the NBA and "that sport they play on ice" are much more valuable than NFL stats.
but.....I'm gonna go there anyways, after the jump, and point out a few things that surprised me.
QB's (Keep in mind that only 12 QB's will be slinging passes in week 18, in this QB driven league - always wanted to say that-)
Did you know that Matt Ryan has the 6th most passing TD's in the league?
Did you know that Matt Ryan has the 10th best QB rating (and yes I know its a flawed statistic)?
Did you know that Matt Ryan is tied for 9th most 40+ yard completions (interestingly enough, and for very different reasons, he's tied with "the great Cam", and .....Carson Palmer)?
Did you know Matt Ryan is 10th in the league in yards per game?
Being that this is an "off" year for our beloved QB, I was very surprised that a "down" year would show a top ten QB. Interesting. Not what you would believe if you just watched ESPN, or any top-ten QB ranking list.
Did you know that we have two receivers in the top 7 for receptions?
Did you know that Julio Jones is tied for 6th in the league for 40+ yard receptions?
Maybe Roddy isn't just a drop machine, and Julio is a beast down the field. ESPN could have fooled me. ....and all of this on a "down" passing year for the Falcons. You add Michael Turner to these stats and maybe we got an offense or something. With a 9th ranked DEF (yup we're now sitting at 9th) we could actually win a playoff game on the road.
(All stats from NFL.com)