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Matt Ryan says it’s not his health he’s just playing bad

Averaging just 18.7 points per game over the course of the past three weeks after they scored 34.3 points per game in the first four games of the season, people are beginning to wonder why the Atlanta Falcons’ offense appears to be in a funk. There’s been some fringe speculation on quarterback Matt Ryan’s health, with Ryan having thrown four interceptions to just three touchdowns over the past three weeks, but during on Atlanta’s 680 The Fan, Ryan put that to bed.

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, who transcribed Ryan’s interview in this piece, Ryan stated the following:

“I am healthy,” Ryan said Tuesday. “Feeling good. Body feels really good. You know, just haven’t played as well as I would like the last couple weeks. I think offensively, we would all say the same. But we’ve been finding ways to get it done, and that’s huge. We’ll take the wins any way we can get them.”

Ryan’s numbers on the season have been somewhat pedestrian by his standards (though far from bad), as the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft has completed 64.4% of his passes for 2,002 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. That’s good for a quarterback rating of 88.9, which currently ranks him 17th among quarterbacks.

And while the emergence of the Falcons’ running game has kept Ryan from putting up truly gaudy numbers, the fact that the Falcons have been winning means that there hasn’t been much to complain about. That being said, Ryan taking accountability for not playing well enough certainly bodes well for this offense’s future.

He’s healthy and they seem to have every expectation of being prolific the way they were early on in the season once again.


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