“Tough news for a quarterback,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said with a sarcastic laugh, via ESPN. “But very good defense. When you turn on the film, extremely aggressive front seven. Really good defensive linemen. Kiko Alonso, their middle linebacker, is playing really, really well for a rookie. Flies around; makes a lot of plays.
“It’s going to be challenge for us, there is no doubt about it. I think guys will be up for it. I think we’ll be ready to go. And we’re going to find a way to try and get it done.”
“I think certainly controlling the line of scrimmage, both in the run game and in the pass game is going t be important for us,” Ryan said. “I thought our guys did a nice job with that last week. We need to build on that this week. We need to be a little bit better than we were last week. But, yeah, certainly establishing the line of scrimmage against their front seven is going to be important.”