What Does Falcons' First Loss Mean for Matt Ryan's MVP Hopes?
He was without Julio Jones for much of the game after Jones went down with an ankle injury, yet still Ryan managed to pass for 411 yards with three touchdowns and just one interception.
Given the way Michael Turner completely disappeared against the NFL's worst run defense, one could make the argument that Ryan's MVP hopes are as high as they've been all season long.
For the season, Ryan has a resume that compares well to all the elite quarterbacks on winning teams.
Some may point to the incredible array of talent Ryan has surrounding him at the skill positions. With receivers like Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez and Jacquizz Rodgers, Ryan should be putting up huge numbers, his detractors would say.
It takes a special player to run a high-octane offense like Atlanta's. The Falcons' elite receivers are akin to a Lamborghini that needs a special mechanic to keep it purring along on all cylinders.
Throw Ryan Fitzpatrick or Mark Sanchez in behind center, and I guarantee things won't work as well.
As long as the Falcons stay atop the NFC and as long as Ryan continues to play at the extraordinary high level he's been playing at, he has just as much of a chance as any player to take home the NFL's MVP trophy at the end of the season.
MVP Rankings After Week 10
- Peyton Manning
- Matt Ryan
- Andrew Luck
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Tom Brady
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