4. Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan made headlines earlier in the summer when he said that he was the best quarterback in the NFC South, a division that includes Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater. A lot of angry Saints and Bucs fans took exception to Ryan’s comments, but he might not be wrong.
When the season is all said and done it would not be surprising to see Ryan as the best quarterback in the NFC South. He is much younger than both Brees and Brady and is not far removed from an MVP season, although that season could be just an outlier.
However, while we are arguing for Ryan potentially being the best quarterback in the NFC South, he is still behind Brees and Brady (again, spoiler alert) in the difficultly of the matchup.
The reason being is that both Brees and Brady are far more experienced and are far better than Ryan is in reading defenses and making adjustments. Plus, I like the supporting cast that both quarterbacks have over the Falcons, although the Falcons’ weapons are solid.
Brees and Brady are both better at handling pressure as well. That is not to say that they are good under pressure, but both veteran quarterbacks are better at limiting the blow, whereas Ryan can shell up at times with pressure in his face.
Plus, while Ryan probably has a better arm now and probably will finish with better stats, that does not account for the experience that Brees and Brady have in leading critical drives down the stretch of games.
That is a big component with the Chargers always being in close games.