Archer: Fans should celebrate Ryan while they can

“The thing that people forget is that [Ryan] has been good for a long time..."

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
October 23, 2018 - 11:12 am

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The Atlanta Falcons are heading into their bye-week on a high note after a big Monday Night Football win over the New York Giants, 23-20. Head coach Dan Quinn is now 5-0 in games played on Monday night, and it marks his first win prior to the team's bye-week (previously 0-3).

Falcons Radio Network Analyst Dave Archer joined John and Hugh and talked about what really stood out last night: the defensive performance. The defense held Saquon Barkley to under 100 all-purpose yards, most coming late in the 4th-quarter when the Giants were down 20-6 and looking to rally. Being able to contain New York's premiere rookie running back spoke volumes on how well the defense played.

“Atlanta did a really good job of hemming him in, and I thought he was the key to the game. Even though (Odell) Beckham went off, (Sterling) Shepard went off in their receiving core, I felt like Barkley was the key. For (Atlanta) to hold him to that kind of number, which really nobody's done this year, I think helped them get the 'W,' no question.”

Another player that stood out last night was placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, signed just this week to fill-in for Matt Bryant who's dealing with a hamstring injury. Tavecchio went 3-for-3, clearing the uprights from 40, 50 and then a 56-yarder to seal the game. He also made both extra-point attempts.

"I thought that was tremendous foresight by (Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn) to find a guy and know there was potential you might need another kicker," Dave said. The Falcons brought in Tavecchio near the end of training camp, and kicked in the team's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

"And then for Tavecchio to come in and handle his business. Obviously he's been working extremely hard to stay ready...he came in just as calm as you could be, and shoved two 50-yarders through."

Meanwhile, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continues to put up MVP-type numbers.

“The thing that people forget is that (Ryan) has been good for a long time. It just mind-boggles me how many times we hear guys kind of nitpick at what he is or isn't doing. I keep hearing 'he can't throw the deep ball; rainbows one right down the chimney shoot to Marvin Hall."

"The guy's phenomenal," Dave continues in talking about Matt Ryan's ability. "He's an outstanding player; he’s an elite level quarterback…celebrate who he is if you're a Falcons fan. Unfortunately, he's not going to be here forever, and he's just doing some phenomenal things throwing the football."

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