Our Scout.com experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Brian McIntyre of Falcon Insider, head Behind…
Behind Enemy Lines: Part II
John Crist: The Bears thought they had Atlanta beat last year when Kyle Orton connected with Rashied Davis for the go-ahead touchdown pass with less than a minute to play. But before Chicago finished celebrating, Matt Ryan hit Michael Jenkins on a deep corner route, and then Jason Elam booted the game-winning field goal in stunning fashion. Was that the moment when Ryan arrived? Brian McIntyre: Absolutely, it was. Much of Ryan's success in the early part of his rookie season was predicated on how well Michael Turner ran the ball. When Turner did well, it created opportunities in the passing game. When they faced better defenses, like Carolina and Tampa Bay, which shut down Turner and forced Ryan to beat them, the rookie struggled. So with Turner a non-factor – his 2.2 yards per carry that day was his lowest average on the season – and only 11 seconds on the clock, it was all up to Ryan to make something happen, and he came through. Before that game, the feeling in Atlanta was...
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