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Ryan: Division Games Count as One-Plus

Watch out for these storylines as the Atlanta Falcons prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in just a few days during Primetime Thursday Night Football.

When Falcons QB Matt Ryan takes the field on Thursday night, he won't be thinking about the Falcons' performance in Week 2. He won't be thinking about the last time he faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home — a 41-28 victory — and he also won't be recalling his single-game-high passing total (353 yards) against the Bucs (11/25/12).

Instead, playing in "What-have-you-done-for-me-lately?" league, Matty Ice's sole focus is on the here-and-now, playing in a way that gets his team back in the win column, which would equate to a 2-0 start in the NFC South.

"Division games are always tough," Ryan said. "They have a very good front four, with Tampa Bay coming in, so, we have our work cut out for us. Anytime you play in the division, we say that it counts one-plus, so, we have some work to do, before Thursday night. We have to get ready to play the way we're capable of."

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