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"Like the rest of the Falcons, Ryan struggled mightily in the season-opening loss to Pittsburgh. But the quarterback has been exceptionally sharp in wins over Arizona and New Orleans. The biggest difference has been on third downs. In the Pittsburgh game, Ryan was 4-for-11 on third-down pass attempts and averaged 4.2 yards per attempt with a 49.8 passer rating. In the past two weeks, Ryan has completed 18 of 22 passes on third downs, averaged 10.5 yards per attempt, thrown four touchdowns with no interceptions and compiled a 150.2 passer rating."

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Now THAT'S how you win ball games.

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New Orleans’ Drew Brees didn’t do much when the Falcons were in their 4-3 base defense. Brees hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass against a base defense this season. On the season, Brees is averaging 6.2 yards per pass attempt and has a 70.8 passer rating against base defense. He also has thrown his only two interceptions against base defenses and both came against the Falcons. When Brees has seen five or more defensive backs this season, his numbers are much better. In those situations, he’s averaging 8.6 yards per attempt with a 130.8 passer rating. He also has six touchdowns and no interceptions when there have been five or more defensive backs on the field.

So our Base D played really well. Point to be noted. ;)

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Patty Yak might be sucking up to a new favorite by the end of the week. (he's been riding New Orleans jock for 2 years now)

Early indications are that he's not, he's made a few comments since the game that indicate he's unwilling to give the Falcons any major props. Plus he continues to refuse to accept that the Falcons didn't play a terrible game against the Steelers, despite all the evidence since that the Falcons have been the only team to even come close to beating Pittsburgh.

Honestly, at this point I think I'd be a little bothered by Pat getting on our jock. He's sounded very partial in the last few weeks.

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New Orleans’ Drew Brees didn’t do much when the Falcons were in their 4-3 base defense. Brees hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass against a base defense this season. On the season, Brees is averaging 6.2 yards per pass attempt and has a 70.8 passer rating against base defense. He also has thrown his only two interceptions against base defenses and both came against the Falcons. When Brees has seen five or more defensive backs this season, his numbers are much better. In those situations, he’s averaging 8.6 yards per attempt with a 130.8 passer rating. He also has six touchdowns and no interceptions when there have been five or more defensive backs on the field.

So our Base D played really well. Point to be noted. ;)

It's more about what set the offense is in. Brees is a lot better when he has 4 or 5 going out for passes, in which we usually are not in the 4-3 base.

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