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NFL Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan Named NFC Offensive Player of the Month


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan may have a beleaguered past when it comes to January, but in September he’s as good as gold. This September’s performance has earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Month honor.

Ryan guided the Falcons to only their third 4-0 start in franchise history, and is leading the NFL with a 112.1 passer rating. During the month of September, he completed 102 of 147 passes (69.4 percent) for 1,162 yards with 11 touchdowns, against only two interceptions.

Ryan’s 11 touchdown passes currently lead the NFC and and his completion percentage is the second-highest mark in the league headed into week 5 play.  In all four of Atlanta’s September games, he has recorded a passer rating over 100. As impressive as that stat may be, Falcons head coach Mike Smith likes it even more, as Atlanta is 27-0 when Ryan tops the 100 passer rating number in a game.

This is the second Player of the Month award for Ryan, and he is the only player in franchise history to win the award multiple times, having won it in November 2010 as well. Ryan is on pace to break nearly all of the franchise passing records, most of which are held by former Falcons QB Steve Bartkowski.

Atlanta travels north to take on theWashington Redskins at FedEx Field in week 5, and will face another highly skilled offensive quarterback in Robert Griffin III. The Redskins rookie is currently the 3rd rated QB in the league, with a rating of 103.2


Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook