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Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.

Those are the only four quarterbacks, through 12 weeks of the 2014 NFL regular season, who are ahead of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in overall passing. The Falcons’ signal-caller is averaging 279 passing yards per game, and he’s completing 65 percent of his passes.

And he’s doing it with constant pressure from opposing defenses and no time to think – much like he has been for the past two seasons.

While the Falcons may still sit in first place of the historically-bad NFC South with a 4-7 record, there’s no doubting Atlanta’s mediocrity. All you had to do was watch the way the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line pushed them around last Sunday to see that it pays to spend years building an important foundation, instead of wasting big draft picks on flashy players.

And had the Falcons…

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