Welcome back to Preseason Overreaction Week. In Meaningless NFL Full Retail Schlock No. 1 , Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went 0-for-4 during two three-and-outs and was possibly in danger of not making the 53-man roster, at least in the dark and disturbed corners of fandom and, of course, Twitter and sports-talk radio.
But Ryan looked significantly better Thursday night at Cleveland. That's good because I'm guessing cutting him would've created a serious salary cap problem. The Falcons' No. 1 offense drove to a touchdown on its first possession, with Devonta Freeman scoring from 19 yards out, Ryan going 2-for-3 with a 20-yarder to Julio Jones and the team converting all three third-down situations.
The starting unit looked in control and in sync.
Overall, Ryan played three possessions and was 6-for-11 for 78 yards. He had a third-down drop by Nick Williams that would've set up the Falcons outside the Cleveland 20, and kicker Nick Rose then missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt. So the No. 1 offense should've had two scoring possessions in three drives.
Alas, there's no panic in the streets.
And now for something really meaningless: The Falcons won 24-13 and are 2-0 in the preseason.
Here are some other observations from Thursday's game:
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