The first half of the game against the Colts was the stuff of nightmares. Deep passes to Luke Stocker. Another awful Matt Ryan interception in scoring position. Calvin Ridley inexplicably going into the witness protection program. Thankfully, the offense got going in a big way in the second half, even if it was too little too late. If they can at least build on what they did in the third and fourth quarters, there may be hope for this offense yet. Here are the players that stood out offensively.
Many fans are going to be on Ryan’s case for his early interception and blame him for this loss, and I get it. Six interceptions in 3 games is unacceptable. Yet Matt was nearly flawless for the remainder of the game.
He finished with a ridiculous 29 completions on 34 attempts for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns and the frustrating interception. He was extremely sharp in the second half, and one has to wonder why they didn’t do more of that in the first and second quarter. If we see more of this Matt Ryan in future games, the Falcons will be in much better shape.
The fourth year tight end has gotten better every year he’s been in the league and he’s now becoming one of Ryan’s most trusted targets. He finished the day with 6 receptions for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’s baffling why this team would ever target Luke Stocker downfield when Hooper is clearly a far better option.
Every game that goes by reminds us that Julio is still the best in the league. He was the leading receiver on the day with 8 catches for 128 yards and his insane high-point touchdown. Again, if you have offensive formations that do not regularly feature this man on the field, you should be fired for gross incompetence.
On a day when Calvin Ridley was apparently invisible, Sanu stepped up for 6 receptions for 75 yards. While it seems incredibly likely that Mo will not be with the Falcons in 2020, he has still shown incredible value this year. He was critical on several third down conversions that kept the sticks moving in the second half.
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