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Stats to Know About Through 10 Games

Before their bye week, the Falcons racked up six wins and jumped out to a lead in the NFC South. Here are some of the numbers that reflect their success so far in 2016:

• Matt Ryan has been one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks through 10 games. At present, he ranks second in passing yards (3,247), touchdowns (24) and quarterback rating (115.1).

• Ryan has been especially effective when running the play-action. After faking handoffs, he has completed 58 or 94 attempts for five TDs, two interceptions and 1,007 yards—186 more yards than any other QB has recorded on such throws.

• Ryan's deep passing has been stellar, as well. When he has targeted a receiver 20-plus yards downfield, he's completed 24 of 47 passes for 912 yards, nine touchdowns and zero picks, good for a 136.3 passer rating.

• Ryan's top wideout, Julio Jones, is also on a torrid pace. With a league-high 1,105 receiving yards in 10 games, the three-time Pro Bowler is on pace for his third-straight year of 1,500-plus receiving yards.

• Jones has been creating big plays at an incredible rate. His 21 catches of 20-plus yards are four more than anyone else in the NFL.

• Devonta Freeman has continued to be one of the sport's best all-around running backs. His 921 yards from scrimmage — 669 on the ground, 252 through the air — rank seventh in the league. Only Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon, Jones and A.J. Green rank above him in that category.

• The Falcons' tight ends have combined for seven touchdowns and 586 receiving yards on 44 catches. Six of their receptions have gone for 20-plus yards.

• Altogether, the offense has tallied 94 explosive plays (throws of 16-plus yards and runs of 12-plus yards). The defense has allowed 78 such plays.  

• Atlanta currently sports a plus-three turnover ratio, good for 10th in the NFL. Per NFL Game Stats and Info, the Falcons' 12 forced fumbles are tied for first in the league.

• On defense, Vic Beasley Jr. has tallied 9.5 sacks, the most in the NFC and only 0.5 behind the league leaders (Dee Ford, Lorenzo Alexander).

• As a team, the Falcons have 22 sacks and are on pace for 35 in 2016 — a significant jump from their 19 sacks last year.

• Rookie Keanu Neal, despite missing the first two games of the regular season, is tied with Beasley and Bruce Irvin for the most forced fumbles in the league (four).

• According to Pro Football Focus, Neal has been targeted 52 times this year — seven more than the next-closest safety, T.J. Ward. Atlanta's first round pick has been up to the task, allowing just 32 catches on those plays.

• Matt Bryant's 23 field goals are tied for the most in the NFL. His only two FG misses were 50-plus-yard attempts.

• Bryant's field goal percentage (92) currently ranks third in the league.

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