Even if you subtract the pick 6 from Deion Jones, the Falcons offense was able to put 36 points up against a Raiders team that had legitimate playoff hopes for this season. Let’s take a look at the offensive players that deserve some credit for this win.
Without Todd Gurley and Julio Jones, all eyes were on Ryan. His lone interception was a tipped ball and doesn’t tell the story of his game. He had a few rough plays but he was otherwise excellent. He went 22 of 39 (with several drops in there) with 2 touchdowns and the 1 INT. Yet, those numbers could have been even better. Olamide Zaccheus dropped what would have been a perfect touchdown pass and other receivers had stone hands on the day. Ryan did his job for 3 and 1⁄4 quarters.
For a guy that has been buried on the bench for most of the year, you have to wonder why he hasn’t gotten more opportunities. With just 12 carries, he netted 65 yards for a healthy 5.4 average and a rushing touchdown. He added 4 receptions for 10 yards and he was easily the best running back on the field today. Yes, that includes Josh Jacobs.
Without Julio to draw attention away, Ridley didn’t have the dominant afternoon many hoped he would. However, he still pulled in 6 catches for 50 yards and yet another touchdown.
The offensive line
After getting thrashed against the Saints, this unit gave Ryan far more time on Sunday. With just one sack on the day (which was really on Ryan), the offensive line kept his jersey clean all day. When they do their job, this offense can be incredibly potent.
Falcons vs Raiders: OPOG
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