To simply call the Atlanta Falcons’ 2016-17 season offensively dominant would be an understatement. There hasn’t been a more efficient unit, both on the surface, and in underlying production categories, since their SB51 opponent pushed stellar stats to the box scores in 2007, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is having a Tom Brady like 2007 season, this year, and behind offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the franchise led the NFL in scoring averaging 33.8 points per game. The Falcons’ offense entered their final game of the regular season on pace to set a number of NFL records. They exited the contest with a 38-32 win over New Orleans, finishing the season with 540 points which tied the 2000 Rams for the seventh-most an NFL club has ever scored in a single season.
Compare the Falcons scoring output this season to other teams and you will find they exceeded any other NFL club by 71 points and a ridiculous 176 points above the league average.
Examining just the regular season schedule of the Ryan led unit and one will find that the Falcons scored 30-plus points in eleven of their 16 games and scored 40-plus on five occasions.
Atlanta’s underlying peripherals, stats that are not common in game-day box scores, where even more impressive. The Falcons scored 3.23 points per drive, according to the Football Outsiders, and gained 6.69 yards per play, both of these statistical categories were a league best.
Matt Ryan finished the regular season with 4,944 yards, a new franchise record, and 38 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He recorded the top quarterback rating (117.1) in the league, as well.
The 2016-17 campaign saw Ryan become one of only three NFL QB’s to throw for 3,500-plus yards with 10 or less interceptions in a single season. The other two to do accomplish this where Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
The list of accolades for Ryan are far reaching and depending on whom you ask, talk or listen to, the Falcons signal caller did this against one of the top two toughest schedules in terms of the defenses he and his teammates opposed this season.
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