Atlanta Falcons: Studs and duds vs. Titans in Week 4

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Stud: Devonta Freeman

The final stud in the contest for the Atlanta Falcons in their first loss at home of the regular season on Sunday was running back Devonta Freeman. For the most part, Freeman was held in check on the ground in the game by the Tennessee defense, but he was able to impact the game within the passing game out of the backfield.

Freeman finished with just 28 yards rushing on 12 carries on the ground, but ended up grabbing 72 yards receiving with eight receptions and a total of nine targets.

Although Freeman typically impacts the game mostly within the running game, on Sunday he also displayed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and try and help his offense outside of strictly running the ball.

Dud: Matt Ryan

The final dud in the loss for the Falcons on Sunday in a game that bumped them down to 1-3 on the season was veteran quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan was able to throw for nearly 400 yards in the game, finishing the contest with a total of 397 yards through the air, but that mark doesn’t tell the full story about Ryan’s performance in the defeat.

Although he threw fo almost 400 yards, Ryan was held without a touchdown pass in the game while converting on 35 of his 53 pass attempts. Any time you throw over 50 times in a game, you should be able to see the overall passing yards increase as well.

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It was a terrible performance from Ryan on Sunday afternoon, but he wasn’t ultimately able to step up enough when his team needed him to in order to come away with the win in front of the home crowd.