Ryan turns perceived slight in Falcons' favor

Ryan turns perceived slight in Falcons' favor

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 12:39 AM

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan still won't criticize his NFL colleagues for leaving him off a list of the league network's top 100 players this summer. 

Instead, Ryan has turned that slight to his favor. 

He has emerged as the NFL leader in passer rating, completion percentage and touchdowns. Now in his fifth year, Ryan finally has a top cast of playmakers and a steady play-caller in place. 

Falcons coach Mike Smith says quick starts on offense allow Ryan to settle into an early, confident rhythm. Atlanta has scored touchdowns on opening possessions of the first three games. 

Atlanta will try for its first 4-0 start since 2004 on Sunday when Carolina visits the Georgia Dome.
 

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