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On to this week's 10 Spot:

1. Seeking a breakthrough: See if this sounds familiar, and see if you can guess which quarterback is being described: Quarterback arrives at a franchise in the gutter, bringing hope. Quarterback shines in regular season but struggles in postseason. Quarterback loses each of his first three playoff games, despite playing with one of the game's top wide receiver tandems. Quarterback faces questions entering his fifth season about when or whether he will win games that matter.

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John David Mercer/US PresswireThe pressure won't go away until Falcons QB Matt Ryan gets his first postseason win.

Anyone say Matt Ryan? Good guess, but the correct answer is Peyton Manning, who arrived in Indianapolis when the franchise was struggling, performed well in the regular season, lost his first three postseason games, then faced questions about whether he could win a big game.

As ESPN Radio host Mike Greenberg recently pointed out, Ryan's career is starting to resemble Manning's. Ryan certainly will have to accomplish plenty to achieve the milestones Manning has. But at this point, his career is precisely where Manning's was at a similar time. If anything, Ryan has been more impressive.

After four seasons, Ryan has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 14,238 yards with a 95-46 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio and a won-loss record of 43-19. Through four seasons, Manning had completed 61 percent of his passes for 16,418 yards, a 111-81 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio and a 32-32 record.

When Manning was at the same stage of his career, then-Colts coach Tony Dungy pulled aside his quarterback and told him how the public once said Michael Jordan couldn't win the big game. A short time later, during the 2003 season, Manning's Colts beat the Broncos 41-10 in a wild-card game. Once Manning had one postseason win, he strung together many, including a victory over the Bears in Super Bowl XLI. His standing was solidified.

Now Ryan is out to silence the skeptics and critics the way Manning once did. Ryan acts like Manning. He knows the game and appreciates its history the way Manning does. Entering his fifth season, with Atlanta opening Sunday at Kansas City, Ryan is looking to break through the way Jordan once did, the way Manning once did. But at a time when he's coming under fire, it's worth pointing out that it's still early for Ryan.

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On to this week's 10 Spot:

1. Seeking a breakthrough: See if this sounds familiar, and see if you can guess which quarterback is being described: Quarterback arrives at a franchise in the gutter, bringing hope. Quarterback shines in regular season but struggles in postseason. Quarterback loses each of his first three playoff games, despite playing with one of the game's top wide receiver tandems. Quarterback faces questions entering his fifth season about when or whether he will win games that matter.

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John David Mercer/US PresswireThe pressure won't go away until Falcons QB Matt Ryan gets his first postseason win.

Anyone say Matt Ryan? Good guess, but the correct answer is Peyton Manning, who arrived in Indianapolis when the franchise was struggling, performed well in the regular season, lost his first three postseason games, then faced questions about whether he could win a big game.

As ESPN Radio host Mike Greenberg recently pointed out, Ryan's career is starting to resemble Manning's. Ryan certainly will have to accomplish plenty to achieve the milestones Manning has. But at this point, his career is precisely where Manning's was at a similar time. If anything, Ryan has been more impressive.

After four seasons, Ryan has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 14,238 yards with a 95-46 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio and a won-loss record of 43-19. Through four seasons, Manning had completed 61 percent of his passes for 16,418 yards, a 111-81 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio and a 32-32 record.

When Manning was at the same stage of his career, then-Colts coach Tony Dungy pulled aside his quarterback and told him how the public once said Michael Jordan couldn't win the big game. A short time later, during the 2003 season, Manning's Colts beat the Broncos 41-10 in a wild-card game. Once Manning had one postseason win, he strung together many, including a victory over the Bears in Super Bowl XLI. His standing was solidified.

Now Ryan is out to silence the skeptics and critics the way Manning once did. Ryan acts like Manning. He knows the game and appreciates its history the way Manning does. Entering his fifth season, with Atlanta opening Sunday at Kansas City, Ryan is looking to break through the way Jordan once did, the way Manning once did. But at a time when he's coming under fire, it's worth pointing out that it's still early for Ryan.

Reading that got me fired up man! haha. It feels like a good year to be a Falcon Fan.

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Bring on the trolls.

Yep there will be blood in the water on this one and all the piranhas will come by for a bite. Got a feeling Ryan has his best season so far

and Falcons get that elusive playoff win if not 2 or more. Not just Ryan it's past time for the Falcons to rise the "F" up. 11-5 12-4 and with a break here or there they get to the NFC Championship game.

If you listen closely you can hear Mr Rights eyes rolling back in his head...LOL

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I believe once Ryan and the Falcons get that first win, the pressure will be eased from them and they will roll through the playoffs like the regular season. I would love to see nothing more than Ryan and Smitty holding up the Lombardi in the Superdump next February.

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Could go in that direction (P.Manning)....could pretty much stay the same......don't really anticipate him regressing unless and until he just gets too old to have the same physical skills.

IMO his arrow is pointing up. I think Koetter is going to be a good OC for him.

Either way I think we'll have a pretty good indication of where Ryan's going after this season.

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I like the fact Ryan was DIRECTLY compared to Manning which I think is more than valid. Ryan is more consistent and makes less mistakes than Manning at this point in his career when compared to Manning at that time.

So I would say Ryan has more than a chance to ECLIPSE Manning if Ryan stays healthy and plays for nearly as long in the NFL.

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Could go in that direction (P.Manning)....could pretty much stay the same......don't really anticipate him regressing unless and until he just gets too old to have the same physical skills.

IMO his arrow is pointing up. I think Koetter is going to be a good OC for him.

Either way I think we'll have a pretty good indication of where Ryan's going after this season.

That's the good thing about Ryan he is not all that athletic and does not depend on the deep ball. Any athletic skills that decline over time will more than be made up for further intelligence and better timing as he gets older.

Athletic QB's get a lot worse with age, QB's that depend on a big arm also decline more. Ryan depends on neither of these things.

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That's the good thing about Ryan he is not all that athletic and does not depend on the deep ball. Any athletic skills that decline over time will more than be made up for further intelligence and better timing as he gets older.

Athletic QB's get a lot worse with age, QB's that depend on a big arm also decline more. Ryan depends on neither of these things.

That is true. Once their ability to move is gone they fade away.

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That is true. Once their ability to move is gone they fade away.

Yep there is really no physical attribute that makes Matt Ryan successful or that he completely depends on for his game.

Again very much like MANNING it is his mind that makes him a good QB.

I would very much agree that Ryan most directly compares to Manning right now except Ryan has made less mistakes, less int % and is just more polished than Manning was at this time in his career.

So Ryan could end up BETTER than Manning.

BETTER.

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Most don't realize that Ryan is still young and his prime is coming...-hopefully this season

Of course Ryan is still 'young'. He has 10+ more years to learn how to rise up. Granted we might see Stafford or Newton win a Superbowl first but patience is a virtue. It's just like how some babies take a longer time to learn how to walk, talk, get potty trained, etc... All the parents can do is say to themselves it'll happen one day...

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Of course Ryan is still 'young'. He has 10+ more years to win multiple Superbowls. Granted we might see Stafford or Newton never reach a Superbowl but patience is a virtue for their fans. It's just like how some babies take a longer time to learn how to walk, talk, get potty trained, etc... All the parents can do is say to themselves it'll happen one day...

Stop the homerism on Ryan already..cool.png

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