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Falcons vs Vikings: Who was the offensive player of the game?

Oh god, why did I write this?

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

So, if you managed to watch the Falcons get manhandled by the Vikings, you may be wondering why we’re even talking about who looked good on offense? Well, because in every cloud there is a silver lining that makes you want to set yourself on fire.

Let’s jump into the not so bad about the Falcons offense on Sunday.

Matt Ryan

Look, I know he had a rough game. He was under pressure; threw two awful picks. But he still fought back and made it closer than it was. He also passed Fran Tarkenton on the all-time passing yardage list. He was not good on Sunday, but we’re still lucky to have him.

Austin Hooper

Hooper was the leading receiver on the day, pulling in nine receptions for 77 yards. On several occasions, he reminded us why he needs to be targeted frequently. Considering his talent and connection with QB Matt Ryan, it’s frustrating to see that they aren’t looking for him sooner and more often.

Calvin Ridley

Similar to Hooper, Ridley was invisible early on. However, once targeted, he reminded us why the hopes are still very high for this second-year player. He finished with four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. I’m still very optimistic about the kind of season he can have.

Ito Smith

While Devonta was the one hyped up for the game, it was Smith who turned in the bigger numbers. He carried the ball six times but rumbled for 31 yards for a solid 5.2 average. His performance was a reminder that he’s a quality backup to Freeman and a potential long-term option if the team moves on from Freeman next year.

Vote in our poll below!


Falcons vs Vikings: Offensive POTG

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Matt Ryan
    (33 votes)
  • 35%
    Austin Hooper
    (194 votes)
  • 10%
    Calvin Ridley
    (60 votes)
  • 17%
    Ito Smith
    (98 votes)
  • 30%
    Your choice of an alcohol beverage
    (167 votes)
552 votes total Vote Now