Matt Ryan throws for 371 yards, four TDs to get Falcons in win column

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It was the tale of two quarterbacks.

Matt Ryan threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns, and Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns. The Falcons beat the Vikings 40-23.

Atlanta, which fired coach Dan Quinn and replaced him with Raheem Morris, got its first victory of the season after going 0-5 to start the year. The Vikings lost a must-win game to fall to 1-5.

Deion Jones, A.J. Terrell and Foyesade Oluokun all picked Cousins in the first half, leading to 17 points on scoring drives of 29, 40 and 46 yards.

The Falcons had leads of 23-0 and 33-7.

Julio Jones returned from his hamstring injury, and looked like Julio Jones again. He made eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Calvin Ridley had six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Hayden Hurst had the other score, a 35-yard catch with 2:11 remaining.

Cousins was 24-of-36 for 343 yards. Rookie Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Adam Thielen had three catches for 51 yards and a score.

20 responses to “Matt Ryan throws for 371 yards, four TDs to get Falcons in win column

  1. Cousins following Zim’s order to tank for Trevor, but does he realize it’ll cost him his job?

  2. Typical Cousins, play terrible until the game is out of reach and then prop your stat line up in garbage time.

  3. Kirk Cousins….the $87M gift that keeps on giving…giving away the ball that is.

  4. Sorry Viking fans, but Zimmer is going nowhere. They signed him to an extension over the summer. No way they can him this year…

  5. Here in Wisconsin we still haven’t stopped laughing since hearing about Cousins’s extension.

  6. When people watch Kirk Cousins play, do people honestly think they are watching a Super Bowl caliber QB? Cousins is a joke.

  7. Well, at least Zimmer didn’t have a chance to make a decision this time…Now Atlanta, was that so hard? (holding a lead that is)

  8. Should there be a congressional inquiry into all the front office idiots that have given Cousins close to $200 million to be completely mediocre?

  9. You know it’s a great day when Minnesota loses to a team that will go 1-15 and they’re also the only team in the NFC North that will lose today too. Can’t wait until the news that the team is relocating to either St. Louis or San Diego where they belong to make it even better.

  10. I say they should extend Zimmer, Spielman, and Cousins again! Lifetime contracts all around! Everyone knows the Wilfs’ are never going to own up to the huge mistake of not canning them all, so might as well double down now.

  11. It really pisses me off they won that Texans game. Cuz it’s going to cost them Trevor now. Jets easy 0-16 will get him 🙁

  12. Oh and all those draft pics other than Jefferson appear to be busts. It’s going to be a long time rebuilding this mess we have now.

  13. Cousins needs to restructure his contract, hands down – he is the reason the team can’t afford secondary help. He must not be very liked around there – by not restructuring the act of riding around in an old minivan proves he’s just a greedy sob. He can be reborn and born again and again – he sucks

  14. Tannehill is not sexy but I’d put him up there with Wilson and Mahomes on the mvp talk this year he’s been that good and I’m not a titans fan.

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