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Cam Jordan tweets funny shade at Matt Ryan

Cameron Jordan

Cam Jordan has terrorized Matt Ryan for the last several years, and now he is poking fun at the Atlanta Falcons quarterback over that much.

The New Orleans Saints defensive end took to Twitter on Monday to react to the crazy stat that he has sacked Ryan more times (18) than any other player has sacked a single quarterback in NFL history. Jordan tweeted at Ryan and said that he would like to get that number to 20 this season with Ryan’s help.

Indeed, the numbers (since sacks became an official stat back in 1982) check out for Jordan, who got to Ryan four times in a single game last season.

The Saints and the Falcons both play in the NFC South, so Jordan has a few more cracks at Ryan than he otherwise would get. This season, the two teams are scheduled to meet in Week 11 and again in Week 13.

The former MVP Ryan is feeling very confident about the 2020 campaign, but Jordan, himself a five-time Pro Bowler, will be trying his best to rain on his familiar foe’s parade.

Matt Ryan has bold prediction for Falcons, feels he’s best QB in NFC South

Matt Ryan

Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the biggest story in the NFL this offseason, let alone the NFC South. And while that move could shake up the balance of power in the division, Matt Ryan is feeling extremely confident about his team’s chances of returning to the postseason.

Ryan was a guest on the “Pardon My Take” podcast this week, and his bold claims made for some great headlines. For starters, he said he believes the Falcons are going to win 12 games this season. He was also asked if he considers himself the best quarterback in a division that features Brady and Drew Brees, and the 35-year-old said he would “currently” put himself ahead of those two future Hall of Famers.

There was a lot of talk over the weekend about Ryan declaring himself a better QB than Brees and Brady, but the context is important. For starters, podcast hosts Big Cat and PFT Commenter openly joked that they were trying to set Ryan up to deliver attention-grabbing quotes. Ryan was mostly just playing along. Also, what else is he supposed to say? No quarterback in the NFL should openly admit that another QB in his division is better, even if it’s the truth.

The Falcons are certainly flying under the radar heading into the season. They’ve made a couple of big roster moves, and Ryan recently expressed his excitement in one of them. You could argue that Atlanta has been sent into a tailspin since its infamous meltdown in the Super Bowl a few years ago, but Ryan is a former NFL MVP who should have plenty of good football left. He has a great opportunity to surprise some people this year.

Matt Ryan comes away impressed after working with Todd Gurley

The relationship between Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and new running back Todd Gurley appears to be off to a very good start.

Ryan and Gurley recently spent time together in California, and that left the Falcons quarterback raving about Gurley’s work ethic and ability to learn quickly.

“I’ve gotten to work with Todd and he’s awesome,” Ryan told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “Really, really good guy. A hard worker. He’s super-smart. The stuff I was telling him one day, the next day he had it done. I was really impressed with his ability to retain information. You don’t have to tell him twice. He’s on it.”

The early returns here are good. We know what Gurley can do when he’s healthy; in 2017 and 2018, he rushed for a combined 2,556 yards and scored 30 rushing touchdowns. The big question is whether his history of knee injuries will continue to hinder him. Ryan can’t answer that right now. In fact, neither can Gurley’s coaches, which is slightly worrisome.

Joe Burrow more dominant at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season than Matt Ryan

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow’s dominance was there for all to see during the first half of the College Football Playoff semifinal, but one stat really puts it in perspective.

Through halftime, the LSU quarterback had played six quarters at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season, which also serves as the home of the Falcons. By midway through the second quarter on Saturday, Burrow had actually thrown more touchdown passes in that stadium than Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had in seven games all season.

Burrow threw four touchdowns against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and seven in the first half against Oklahoma. That gave Burrow 11 touchdowns in six quarters at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Ryan’s eight on the season.

On one hand, it’s an indication that Ryan’s season has been somewhat disappointing. Ultimately, though, considering the caliber of opposition and the importance of the games, it says more about how amazing Burrow is this season. No wonder Bengals fans want him so badly.

Falcons have no plans to shut down Matt Ryan, Julio Jones

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons fell to 3-9 with their loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, and some have wondered if they will consider resting their star players down the stretch since they have no chance of making the playoffs. According to head coach Dan Quinn, that is not going to happen.

Julio Jones missed Thursday’s game with a shoulder injury, and it is unclear when he will return. Quinn was asked about possibly of shutting him and/or Matt Ryan down for the final four games of the season, and he quickly dismissed the idea.

“I recognize fair question, but no. Part of playing and competing is going for it in the biggest way,” Quinn said, per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “So we’ll always take that approach. Now for a player that is injured like Julio, but not just him, for any of the players, to make sure, we’re always gonna make the best decisions for them.”

Ryan battled an ankle injury recently, but he is fully recovered from that. He is, however, Atlanta’s franchise quarterback, and to say he has been taking a beating would be an understatement. Ryan was sacked nine times against the Saints and has been sacked 15 times in the Falcons’ last two games.

It goes without saying that the 2019 season has been a major disappointment for Atlanta, and it would not be a surprise if a coaching change is coming. With Quinn currently on the hot seat, benching star players losing out would be a good way to get himself fired.

Watch: Matt Ryan gets stiffarmed into oblivion by Shy Tuttle after interception

Matt Ryan stiffarm

Regardless of how your Thanksgiving went, just know that it went better than Matt Ryan’s.

Ryan was intercepted in the third quarter of Thursday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints by Shy Tuttle, and he made the unwise decision to try and make a tackle. It did not go well.

Tuttle absolutely stuffed Ryan with the stiffarm of the century.

Now you know why quarterback’s usually make a “business decision” to avoid the contact. That was brutal. They will probably be drawing a chalk line at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Matt Ryan returns to Falcons practice

Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons have given no indication that veteran quarterback Matt Ryan (ankle) could or will be back on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, but he took a step in a positive direction on Friday, participating in the portion of practice that was open to the media.

Ryan had been sidelined for the team’s first two practices this week, recovering from a high ankle sprain that knocked him out of a Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

After appearing in a boot to start the week, expectations were relatively low that Ryan could make it back this week or at any point in the immediate future, but if he’s already out there practicing, it should give the Falcons and their fans some much-needed optimism.

Ryan and the Falcons have vastly under-performed this season, going 1-6 over the first seven weeks of the season and having to face questions about potential coaching staff changes.

Ryan’s return likely wouldn’t stop that speculation, but it would provide Atlanta a better opportunity to win than if they were to ride things out on the back of Matt Schaub, who will start in place of Ryan in the event the veteran is unable to go.

Report: Matt Ryan’s ankle injury not believed to be serious

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan left the Atlanta Falcons’ 37-10 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday with an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter, but one report says the injury is not believed to be serious.

Ryan was in a walking boot after the game. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the injury is not believed to be serious.

The Falcons are 1-6 and not going anywhere this season except for the top of the 2020 draft. However, their already terrible season would only get worse if Ryan were hurt.

Ryan entered the game with over 2,000 yards passing and 15 touchdowns on the season. Matt Schaub, who went 6/6 for 65 yards and a touchdown, would see action as Atlanta’s backup if Ryan were to miss any time.

The Falcons host the Seahawks next week and then have a bye in Week 9 before returning to action in Week 10.

Falcons’ Matt Ryan limps to locker room after strip sack

Matt Ryan

Things continue to go from bad to worse for the Atlanta Falcons.

Quarterback Matt Ryan left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter after an Aaron Donald strip sack. He was seen limping to the locker room shortly after that.

The Falcons immediately ruled Ryan out for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury.

Despite Atlanta’s miserable season, Ryan was leading the league in touchdown passes and putting up his customary big numbers. He was well on his way to another 4,000-yard campaign. With the team going nowhere, however, expect them to be cautious with their quarterback.

Ryan’s injury caps off an awful day for the Falcons, who were already short on offense.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 1

Mike Tomlin

The NFL is back, and so are the letdowns. For every exciting winner on Sunday, there was a loser — unless you’re the Detroit Lions or Arizona Cardinals, who managed to tie. The week had its fair share of goats, from teams with high expectations falling flat on their faces to a cavalcade of blown double-digit leads in second halves around the NFL.

Here are the ten biggest disappointments of NFL Week 1.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Woof. What an ugly season opener for the Steelers. They were skunked in the first half and fell behind 20-0. They mustered very little in the second half and only got their points thanks to a poor decision by Mike Tomlin. Tom Brady ate up their zone defenses, utilizing deep threat Phillip Dorsett for four catches, 95 yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s offense lacked punch, running the ball for just 32 yards and throwing for 255. It’s almost as if losing Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown made them worse.

2. Cleveland Browns

After an offseason of hype and aspirations of a division title, this was absolutely not how the Browns envisioned things going in Week 1. They were outcoached and outmatched by the Tennessee Titans, who picked off an overwhelmed (and hurt) Baker Mayfield three times. Perhaps the biggest issues for the Browns were their offensive line and the team’s discipline. Mayfield was sacked five times and the Browns took a remarkable 18 penalties for a total of 182 yards. Six of them resulted in first downs. That can’t happen on a team that expects to contend.