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Ryan Struggles, Colts Defeat Falcons 16-9

Atlanta Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan, right, breaks away from Indianapolis Colts' Keyunta Dawson during the second quarter of a preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, in Atlanta.

During Saturday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons, it was a battle between two quarterbacks – one who is trying to hold onto a job as a backup and one who is a mere rookie trying to find his way. In this case, that would be the Colts’ Jim Sorgi and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan. While no offensive touchdowns were scored, Sorgi outplayed Ryan, taking the Colts on two sustained drives, leading the Colts to a 16-9 win over the Falcons in Atlanta.

The only touchdown that occurred was an interception of a Ryan pass by Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden, which he returned for 67 yards and a score. Perhaps the only bright spot for the Falcons was the play of running back Michael Turner, who broke a long 53-yard run in the first quarter along with a run of 63 yards on the Falcons’ second possession. Other than that, it was a field goal-fest.

Quinn Gray went 8-of-15 for 100 yards while Sorgi went 7-of-12 for 67 yards; Kenton Keith led all Colts rushers with 26 yards on 5 carries. Jacob Tamme led all Colts receivers with 3 catches for 57 yards while Pierre Garcon caught 3 balls for 41 yards. Ryan led the quartet of Falcons QB’s as he went 8-of-16 for 62 yards and an INT; Chris Redman went 3-of-4 for 56 yards with his lone incompletion being an INT. D.J. Shockley fared no better, going 2-of-5 for 24 yards and an INT. The aforementioned Turner led all Falcons rushers with 4 carries for 113 yards. Laurent Robinson led all Falcons receivers with 3 catches for 48 yards. The Colts play again on August 24 when they host the Buffalo Bills while the Falcons host the Tennessee Titans on August 22.

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One Response to “Ryan Struggles, Colts Defeat Falcons 16-9”

  1. Rondogg says:

    I liked what I saw from Michael Turner. He’s had a solid first 2 preseason games. Especially on Saturday night. I try to answer the question of whether or not he’s a legitamate fantasy starter on my website . Come check it out.

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