Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan for MVP

By Ken Grace
Josh D. Weiss–US Presswire

The Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the NFL have reached the midway point of the season. Some teams find they have some tough questions to answer. Some players may start their auditions for their next team. Still there are other teams and players gearing up towards a playoff run and a chance at the Super Bowl title.

One of those players is Falcons QB, Matt Ryan. The former Boston College standout is having a spectacular season so far. Ryan ranks third in passer rating at 103.0 rating. The other guys in front of him are Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, a pair of Super Bowl champions. That is pretty good company for someone trying to win one. Ryan’s overall QBR is 78.1, which again is good enough for third, right behind Manning and Tom Brady. The former first rounder is also third in completion percentage (68.9), fourth in touchdowns (17) and ninth in yards (2,360), not to mention Ryan has only thrown six interceptions after eight games.

Matt Ryan may not be leading any statistical categories, he may not even be on your MVP list but one reason he should be is because of what he has over your favorite quarterback…wins. Matt Ryan has lead the Falcons to their first 8-0 start in the history of the franchise. He has Atlanta in prime position for home field in the playoffs and this will probably be the year they finally breakthrough for that elusive playoff victory.

What makes Matty Ice so “cool” is his ability to adapt to whatever is going on in the game. It does not matter if the Dirty Birds are in a tough game with the Dallas Cowboys or a dismantling of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan rolls with the punches. His ability to spread the ball to one of the best wide receiver trios in the game should also not go unnoticed either.

Here is another stat that makes Matt Ryan great this season: In final two minutes of either the first or second half of his games this season, Ryan has completed 30 of his 38 passes (78.9). That completion percentage is better than any other quarterback in the league and could be a key stat come playoff time in Atlanta needs a game winning drive.

Matt Ryan has put together a spectacular season with solid stats to match. More than anything, he has been an efficient leader so far, as well. The fact that he not only given Atlanta a chance to win every game but they have won every game they have played thus far, makes him way more valuable than any other QB at the midway point of the season.

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