Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan Struggles to Be Accurate on the Road

By Daniel Chi
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The Atlanta Falcons have struggled in a variety of categories, as they are like a sinking boat with a 100 tiny holes. Offensively, however, the usually consistent and pin-point accurate Matt Ryan has had a tough time on the road this year, as his play away from home pretty much sums up the type of season the Falcons are enduring as a team.

As the Falcons are slated to play on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, they will be playing their last away game with a 1-6 record on the road. Despite the Falcons’ struggles this season, they have been a completely different team on the road. It all begins with their quarterback Mattie Ice, as he has thrown a total of 12 interceptions on the road compared to just two at the Georgia Dome.

“I wish I knew,” Ryan said via the Miami Herald. “I really do. I wish I knew. We’ve been pretty consistent throughout the six years I’ve been here, individually and as a team, on the road and at home. Certainly I think records are better at home than they’ve been on the road in the past.”

Throughout his career, Ryan has been a consistent player that doesn’t usually throw a high number of picks and has an excellent completion percentage as well. Ryan has completed 66.4 percent of passes, but his turnovers have been very detrimental to a team that is already on the edge.

In seven home games this year, Ryan has lived up to his new $104 million contract. He has thrown 11 touchdown passes with just two interceptions, and his passer rating is off the charts at 103.5. Mattie Ice’s rating on the road, however, is a completely different story, as it is only 74.3 along with 12 interceptions.

There is no question that Ryan has had to adjust his game because of multiple injuries to his top two receivers that also includes his top running back in Steven Jackson. Still, Ryan’s high-volume turnovers is puzzling and out of character for a player that has been very good at taking care of the ball.

Even in a miserable year, Ryan is still on pace to throw for 4,000 yards for the third-straight year that includes 22 touchdowns, which is down from his 2012 campaign in which Ryan threw for 32 touchdowns. No matter how many yards Ryan throws, interceptions will trump his statistics in the end.

In their last away game, Ryan will be praying that he can end on a good note and throw zero interceptions against one of the best defensive teams in the NFL. Unfortunately for Ryan, he is not getting paid to be just great at home, but to be great all the time. Ryan will need to tone down his interceptions and be accurate with their season coming to an end.

Ryan’s struggles to be accurate on the road is quite clear, and is one of the many reasons why the Falcons are having a terrible year, period.

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