After a thrilling overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints in the season-opener, here are some storylines to watch heading into the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Following their come-from-behind victory in Week 1, a lot of people have been talking about the Atlanta Falcons, including their next opponent. During a conference call, earlier in the week, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and WR A.J. Green each shared thoughts on the Falcons.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis describing Falcons QB Matt Ryan: "He has such a great command of where the ball should go, and the defense and the play, just a tremendous command. Part of the reason why we were able to work it out to come down there, I wanted (Bengals QB) Andy (Dalton) to witness Matt Ryan in person; I wanted him to be around him. I wanted him to see how Matt did things and the way he operated. He's what you're looking for."
Lewis on Ryan's ability to scramble, extending plays in Week 1: "He ran a couple times and he actually showed pretty good speed. He's that kind of a guy; he's a winner. He's able to extend a play if he needs to; he stepped up and around, he made the big play before halftime, when he spun out, and the receivers did a great job, getting themselves clean for him. He's a really productive, winning quarterback."
Bengals WR A.J. Green on the Falcons secondary: "They got some young guys on the edge that can really run and play. With Willy Mo (Falcons S William Moore) back there, one of the best safeties out there, you're going to come up in a hit. They're a real-talented group in the back end."
Green describing Moore: "He's like a linebacker, playing safety. He's always all over the field. He's so active. It's really hard to find a safety, who is that active and who can come out and run and hit."
Green on Falcons WR Julio Jones: "He's a great player; you saw what he did last year, before he got hurt. I know his ability. Our defense is going to have their hands full with him and (Falcons WR) Roddy (White) and all the other receivers."