Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Matt Ryan, had a phenomenal season last year that saw him put up numbers similar to his 2016 NFL MVP season. With a revamped offensive line and new coordinator, Ryan will put up even greater numbers that will lead him to another MVP title.
Throughout the 2018 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons had to deal with injuries to key players and a incompetent offensive line. There was one constant throughout the season however, and that constant was Matt Ryan.
His stats were overlooked last season because the Atlanta Falcons were pretty mediocre. It is a shame because Ryan’s statistics were incredible. His stats from last season are very similar to what he did throughout his 2016 NFL MVP season.
Matt finished the 2018 season with 4,924 yards passing, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ryan also ran for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver, Mohamed Sanu. By comparison, he finished his 2016 MVP season with 4,944 yards passing, 38 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He did not have a receiving touchdown and his only rushing touchdown came against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.
Ryan’s completion percentage was not quite as high as it was in 2016, nor his yards per attempt. One thing that must be kept in mind is that in 2016, the Atlanta Falcons had a fantastic offensive line. In 2018, the Atlanta Falcons had a dismal offensive line. You could argue that Ryan had an even better season last season than in 2016 based off of these statistics and the fact that the o-line was vastly superior in 2016 compared to 2018.
Matt Ryan has more weapons now than he did in 2016. Now, he has an improved Austin Hooper, a young explosive receiver in Calvin Ridley, fresh legs at running back in Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison, along with Devonta Freeman who is looking to bounce back after a string of injuries has kept him sidelined.
All the signs are pointing to a bounce back year for the Atlanta Falcons, which means Matt Ryan will once again get the recognition and attention he deserves. He will have his best season yet and will go on to win the MVP. Who knows, maybe even a Super Bowl title and Super Bowl MVP awaits Ryan and the Falcons.