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Falcons vs. Seahawks: Who was the offensive player of the game?

It helps to have a competent backup QB.

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Despite some terrible turnovers and some bad calls by the refs, the Falcons offense managed to put together a respectable showing against the Seahawks on Sunday. With Matt Ryan out for the first time in 2009, the team turned to veteran Matt Schaub, who turned in a respectable performance.

Here are the candidates this week for offensive player of the game.

Matt Schaub

Losing a Pro-Bowl quality quarterback is almost always going to set your team back, but with Matt Ryan hobbled, Matt Schaub stepped in and had a very respectable game overall. He finished 39/52 for 460 yards (!!!) and one touchdown and one interception. The team’s inability to score more than 20 was hardly his fault, and all things considered, this is the kind of performance you dream of getting out of a backup QB. Kudos, Matt. Kudos.

Julio Jones

Of course, it helps any backup QB to have the freak of nature Julio Jones on your roster. On 12 targets, he pulled in 10 receptions for 152 yards. He would have had more were it not for a ticky-tack offensive pass interference call.

Austin Hooper

The long receiving touchdown belongs to fantasy star and top-five tight end Austin Hooper. It sounds like the Falcons plan on keeping him around for a while, which is good news to all of the Matts that QB this team. He finished with six receptions for 65 yards and the lone receiving touchdown on the day.

Calvin Ridley

With four catches for 70 yards, Ridley stepped in to the WR2 spot and played well.

Vote for your choice below:


Falcons vs. Seahawks: OPOG

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    Matt Schaub
    (111 votes)
  • 24%
    Julio Jones
    (39 votes)
  • 4%
    Austin Hooper
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Calvin Ridley
    (3 votes)
161 votes total Vote Now