Vikings-Falcons matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Nov. 23, 2011 @ 1:24 p.m.
Posted By Christian West

Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Falcons game.

Vikings Secondary vs. Falcons QB Matt Ryan

Ryan got off to a slow start this season, throwing more than one touchdown in a game only once in the first seven game of the season. However, he has started to pick it up of late, throwing six touchdowns in his last three games with two of those games over 300 yards passing.

With his resurgence, Ryan has gotten his weapons more involved as well. WR Roddy White has started to get more involved in the last three games as well, averaging 95 yards receiving over that span. TE Tony Gonzalez has a touchdown in each of his last three games.

Ryan and co. are catching the Vikings at the right time, with the secondary in flux and struggling mightily. Because of Chris Cook's pseudo-suspension and Antoine Winfield's season-ending clavicle injury, the team is forced to play zone a majority of the time or watch Asher Allen and Cedric Griffin get beat in man coverage.

With Ryan heating up and the secondary struggling, look for the Falcons to attack through the air to build an early lead before sitting on the lead with the running of Michael Turner.