Two Falcons have received deserved awards for stomping all over the Buccaneers last Thursday.
Matt Ryan named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. 6th of his career and 2nd this year,— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 24, 2014
Devin Hester named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week. 14th career award is most ever by a returner.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 24, 2014
The honor is particularly awesome for Hester, who has now set another, albeit more modest record to bronze and set on his mantle. It shows you Hester's longevity as a returner and his potency as one, which is impressive for a position that is pretty fungible on most teams.
Ryan, meanwhile, is off to arguably the hottest start of his career, putting up 7 touchdowns over three weeks and carving up the Buccaneers and Saints. He's now got two NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards to his name in 2014, and he'll try to keep the good times rolling against the Vikings.
#Falcons Matt Ryan is currently: 3rd in ESPN Total QBR, 1st on PFF, 1st on Football Outsiders and 5th in QB Rating. Not a bad start so far.— The DW (@TheWalkerman) September 24, 2014
If the offense and Keith Armstrong's special teams unit can continue to play at a high level, expect to see more of these awards heading the Falcons' way.