THE BRANCH — The one thread that runs through the last three performances by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is that the opposition — Chicago, Dallas and New Orleans – brought the noise up front.
Coach Mike Smith said the one thing about Ryan’s seven interceptions is that he was being competitive and trying to make plays.
You can bet that offensive line coach Paul Boudreau is taking a closer look at the protections.
In the Chicago game, Alex Brown was a threat even though the Bears didn’t get any sacks or quarterback hits.
In the Dallas game, Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware put on Pro Bowl performances. The Cowboys had four sacks and three quarterback hits.
In the New Orleans game, defensive end Will Smith got jiggy with it. They had three sacks and seven quarterback