With the large amount of talk about Matt Ryan emulating Peyton Manning when he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, it was about time they had a prime time meeting. It could almost be likened to a meeting between student and teacher and in this case, the student helped lead his team to a 27-21 victory. With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-0, while the Denver Broncos dropped to 1-1. Who were the three stars for the Falcons in their victory?
With many analysts predicting big things from Ryan this season, he continued his hot start against the Broncos. He threw for 219 yards with two touchdowns in the victory, and looked more accurate and precise with his throws. He released the ball quickly when under pressure and made strong throws even when he was on the run.
Many people have predicted that Julio Jones would be the No. 1 receiver in Atlanta before the end of the year (myself included), but White is out to prove that the second-year receiver has a lot of catching up to do. White made eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons. He improved his season totals to 14 catches for 189 yards.
Even without cornerback Brent Grimes who was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in week one and even with Christopher Owens being out for most of the game due to injury, the Atlanta defense was incredible. They had three interceptions of in the first quarter (William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, and Robert McClain), had three sacks and a forced fumble to shut down the Denver offense. Nolan's defense was well-disguised, confusing Manning and allowing for the tremendous start to the game. McClain came into the game because of injury and wound up with the interception and a pass defended.
Next week, the Falcons will head to San Diego to battle the Chargers. They will need Ryan, White, and their defensive stars to all have great games if they intend on improving their record to 3-0.
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Hobson Lopes is a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, thanks to Deion Sanders and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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