The Atlanta Falcons pulled off their second win of the season in London as Matt Ryan led a surprising offensive attack. The quarterback threw to virtually every pass-catcher on the roster while on his way to passing Eli Manning to become the 8th most prolific passer of all time.
Ryan threw passes to Tajae Sharpe, Hayden Hurst, Olamide Zaccheaus, Lee Smith, Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Christian Blake, and most notably Kyle Pitts. Pitts was dynamic catching his first touchdown and getting over 100-receiving yards for the first time.
If anything the Atlanta offense looked just as good without Calvin Ridley. Ryan was surgical and put this game away when the Atlanta defense was struggling. Ryan finished the day with 342-passing yards and tossed 2-touchdowns. One to the aforementioned Pitts and one to Hayden Hurst.
The Atlanta Falcons won this game because of veteran quarterback Matt Ryan
In the second half, the New York Jets began to figure it out on offense and put together drives that were very similar to what they did to the Titans in their upset win last week. This time, however, Matt Ryan was on the other side of the field.
Ryan led a late touchdown drive to put the game away, a drive that Mike Davis finished with the lone rushing touchdown on the day. It was a rare great moment for Davis who has struggled to make a positive impact this season.
For Atlanta, this win leaves a sliver of hope that this team can turn it around and put together a run to push them into relevance. The emergence of Kyle Pitts certainly helps their chances of putting together a mid-season run.
Up next Atlanta has a bye week to get healthy and hopefully get Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage back into the offense. An offense that will have a chance to win a lot of games this season.