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

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NFL: Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to find bright spots in a game where the Falcons left points on the board that could have resulted in a win. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, a losing season forces you to look at the small wins, even if the team as a whole couldn’t secure the W. Let’s take a look at some candidate for the offensive player of the game.

Matt Ryan

It’s amazing when your QB can go 31 of 42 for 338 yards with 1 TD and no interceptions and you still feels like he could have been better. Ryan was sharp for most of the game, though he will undoubtedly be judged by some passes that were just a hair off. The team didn’t score up to their potential, but it’s hard to find tremendous fault with what the QB did throughout most of the game.

Todd Gurley

His 23 carries were mostly ineffective through most of the game. He only netted 63 yards, but they came at critical moments, including the go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter. If you’re a fantasy player, his 2 touchdowns were a nice touch as well. Gurley deserves an offensive coordinator who knows how to use him better.

Julio Jones

A pedestrian 8 receptions for 97 yards is a reminder that Julio has set a standard that is ridiculously high by any NFL standard. He may not be the dominant player he once was, but he still demands attention and he can still keep the sticks moving on a consistent basis.

Calvin Ridley

The young receiver is turning into a true star in this league. His 5 receptions for 69 yards and yet another touchdown were not the most dominant stats, but Ridley has clearly grown into a top receiver in the league. Once he cleans up the mistakes, he will be one of the best in the league.

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Falcons vs Lions: OPOG

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  • 51%
    Matt Ryan
    (101 votes)
  • 18%
    Julio Jones
    (36 votes)
  • 11%
    Todd Gurley
    (23 votes)
  • 18%
    Calvin Ridley
    (37 votes)
197 votes total Vote Now