Every NFL season is filled with ups and downs. We see players go from the center of scrutiny to the athlete held in highest regard in a single season.
Matt Ryan has been a perfect example of this leap in gratification this year. He endured a rocky beginning only to come off his bye week red hot. In his last four games Ryan has thrown nine touchdowns and just two interceptions, a great improvement after getting picked off eight times in seven previous matchups.
Ryan isn't the only one whose come on strong as of late. There are plenty of stars who have picked up the pace to really stand out late in the year.
Here's a look at several of them.