QB CORNER: Matt Ryan

Here’s the QB corner with Matt Ryan and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter:

Q: What is (Vikings quarterback) Teddy Bridgewater going through as he prepares for his first NFL start?

A: I was nervous, excited and anxious. But it's a life-long dream to play and to start in this league. It's a really special day. It's one that you'll never forget. Teddy will do a great job. Obviously, he's a talented player. He had an unbelievable college career.

Q: What will be the key for the offense against Minnesota?

A: We have to convert on third downs. The first week and the third week we were really efficient in converting third downs. On the road versus Cincinnati, we were not. I think that has to be a point of emphasis for us this week.

Q: What problems do their stout defensive front present?

A: We've got to bring it. We have to be up for the challenge and up for the physical play. I think our offensive line will be. It's going to be important for us to go on the road and play well up front.

Q: How important will it be to have a fast start on the road?

A: Fast starts obviously are a good thing for us in order to keep momentum going. When we have started fast, we converted third downs early in the game. It's going to be important for us. We have to play well on the road.

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