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Stat of the Week

The most under appreciated but most outstanding position group of Week 1 in the NFL was the Atlanta Falcons offensive line. Left to right: Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo. Remember draft day, when GM Thomas Dimitroff got roasted by his peers for trading up to the 21st overall pick for left tackle Baker? No one's laughing now.

The line paved the way for 318 rushing yards.

The line allowed one sack and one pressure of Matt Ryan.

The line cleared the way for an average of 8.3 yards per play.

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oh... and further down the same article....

Offensive Players of the Week

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta. This has to be quite a performance to outshine a 220-yard rushing day by fellow new Falcon Michael Turner. Ryan was only 9 of 13, for 161 yards, one touchdown and no picks. But to do it in his first NFL game, with his fellow rookie roommate Sam Baker starting at left tackle, is an amazing accomplishment. His first NFL pass was a 62-yard strike for a touchdown to Michael Jenkins. "I feel comfortable,'' Ryan said via cell phone last night. "I feel like we all know what we're doing, and the way we ran the ball was so crucial. We were knocking people off the ball all day.''

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