Atlanta Falcons dominating the New York Jets in London
The Atlanta Falcons are beating the New York Jets soundly in London, Sunday morning despite coming into the game without Russell Gage or Calvin Ridley. It is a game many pundits picked the Jets in after their upset win over the Titans.
Halfway through this pick is looking very shaky, aside from one Jets drive this game has been all Atlanta. If you didn’t know Ryan was without his two best receivers you wouldn’t be able to tell. The veteran quarterback has been surgical and distributed the ball to whomever Atlanta sends out to line up.
Matt Ryan threw early touchdowns to his tight ends Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst giving both players much-needed early momentum. Hurst dropped his touchdown in the endzone re-catching it as he fell to the ground.
This Atlanta Falcons offensive barrage has been Matt Ryan at his best in London
The stories of the first half are Kyle Pitts finally scoring and Matt Ryan carrying his team in London. The degree of difficulty for Ryan cannot be understated, he is counting on Lee Smith and Tajae Sharpe in this game. Players that are unlikely to make any other roster in the league.
This isn’t to slight either player, rather to point out they are borderline practice squad players that Ryan has utilized in the offense and turned into early weapons in London.
Lee Smith, Tajae Sharpe, Christian Blake, Kyle Pitts, Hayden Hurst, Mike Davis, and Cordarrelle Patterson all have at least one catch in the first half. Speaking to Ryan’s ability to distribute and get almost any player on the sideline involved.
Atlanta took a 20-3 lead into the half, even this Atlanta team should be able to hold onto this lead against a lost Jets offense. Ryan certainly isn’t done putting up points and with a shaky defense cannot afford to become comfortable in London.