Falcons’ Ryan named NFC Player of the Month

atlanta falconsRelease from the Atlanta Falcons:

Matt Ryan wins NFC Player of the month for the month of September.

Ryan closed out the month of September with a big time performance on Monday Night Football, leading the Falcons to a 45-32 win over the division rival New Orleans Saints. Ryan threw for 240 yards on 20-of-30 passing with two touchdowns and a 113.2 quarterback rating in the win. He directed an offense that scored on six straight drives, including touchdowns on five straight red zone possessions.

The ninth-year signal caller has guided the Falcons to a 2-1 record in the first three games of 2016. He completed 73-of-103 pass attempts for an NFC-best 70.9 completion rate while throwing for 970 yards. Ryan is averaging an NFL-best 9.42 yards per attempt and has connected on eight passes of 25 yards or longer. He ranks tied for third with seven touchdowns and his one interception is tied for the fewest among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts.

Ryan opened the season by throwing for 334 yards on 27-of-37 passing with a pair of touchdowns and a 112.6 passer rating against Tampa Bay. He followed that up by completing 26-of-34 passes for 396 yards, three scores and a 131.5 QB rating at Oakland in Week 2. Ryan led the Falcons offense to the sixth-highest output in franchise history, racking up 528 total yards in that game. He is riding a streak of three straight games (five straight dating back to 2015) with a passer rating above 100.

This is Ryan’s third time winning the player of the month award in his career – first since September of 2012. His three Player of the Month awards are also the most by any player in franchise history.


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Atlanta Falcons announce preseason schedule

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones
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Release from Atlanta Falcons:

The Atlanta Falcons today announced their 2016 preseason schedule which includes home contests against the Washington Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and road meetings versus the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. The dates and times of the games versus Washington and Cleveland will be announced at a later date, while the matchup against the Dolphins will be played on Thursday, August 25 at 8 p.m.and will be broadcast nationally on NBC. The last preseason game versus Jacksonville will be on Thursday, September 1, and the time will be announced at a later date.

The Falcons will kick off their final slate of preseason games in the Georgia Dome against Washington. This will be the 16th preseason matchup between these two franchises – dating back to 1968 – with the Falcons leading the series 9-6. The last time these two clubs met in the preseason was 2004, when Washington rolled away with a 27-0 win in FedEx Field. The Falcons will travel north to face the Cleveland Browns for the first time since 2003 in week two of the preseason. The Browns lead the preseason matchup 6-5 and have won their last four preseason contests against the Falcons.

Atlanta faces back-to-back road games as the Falcons will travel to Miami for the second consecutive preseason to take on the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in a nationally televised game on NBC. The Dolphins recorded a 13-9 win over the Falcons last season, and this season the two teams will square off for the 15th time – fifth time in six years– during the preseason. The all-time preseason series between the two clubs is tied 7-7. The Falcons will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in their final preseason game in the Georgia Dome. This will be the sixth time in the last seven years and the 12th time overall these two have faced each other in the preseason. Atlanta won the last preseason matchup in 2014, 24-14, but Jacksonville owns a 7-4 advantage in the all-time preseason series.


Date                                                   Opponent                          Time                     TV

TBD                                                     vs. Washington                 TBD                       WUPA-TV (CW69)

TBD                                                     at Cleveland                       TBD                       WUPA-TV (CW69)

8/25/16                                             at Miami                             8:00 p.m.             NBC

9/1/16                                                vs. Jacksonville                  TBD                       WUPA-TV (CW69