Matt Ryan and Michael Turner: By the Numbers

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Published: April 16, 2009

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... They did this even though Matt Ryan had bad games—it seemed that Ryan faded down the stretch. His arm seemed to be tired, as he under-threw passes, and couldn't seem to complete passes he made earlier in the season.

Luckily at the same time Ryan was fading his counterpart Michael Turner gained some steam. Let's break down the numbers of each player (and find the proof in the pudding).

Breaking down the Atlanta Falcons season last year reveals some interesting statistics. First, I broke the season into three parts: the first six games (before the bye), the next seven games after the bye, and the last three games of the regular season. Let's dissect the numbers of Matt Ryan first.

It took rookie Matt Ryan a few games to start playing at a high level (understandably). It seemed he came into his own against Chicago in week six: 73.3% comp rate, 301 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT. Ryan's numbers through the first six games are as follows: 60.22% comp rate, 194 yds/gm pa...

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