Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan left their game on Sunday early with a turf toe injury. To the surprise of many, he has already been ruled out for the game against the Eagles and backup Chris Redman will make the start.
Redman is no rookie but has never found a lot of success at the NFL level. He spent three seasons with the Ravens and is spending his second year with the Falcons. Throughout his career he’s played in a total of only 19 games with a total of 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Ryan is only in his second year in the NFL but has shown a lot of potential leading his team to 11 wins and the playoffs in his first season. Although the team has seen some inconsistency this season, I think he gives them the best shot of winning.
His injured toe may be a gift for the Eagles. Redman didn’t have horrific numbers when filling in last week but it did take them until under a minute was left in the game to beat a Tampa Bay Bucs team who has one win on the year. Coming into the game, Redman got his chance to air it out throwing 41 times. However, he completed just over 50% of those passes and averaged 5.9 yards per completion. Not exactly numbers that are going to wow you. One positive for him is that he did not turn the ball over. He was able to throw for two touchdowns without any interceptions.
Another gift that could be coming for the Eagles would be the absence of Michael Turner. Turner played against the Bucs and re-injured his ankle. Many think he rushed back too soon and shouldn’t have played at all. Not having to face him would be great as well.
So do we say this is a shoe-in because Chris Redman is starting and not Matt Ryan? No, absolutely not. Do I think it’s a good thing? Yes, I do. I don’t think Redman has the talent Ryan does; however, the Eagles can’t afford to have this thought in their heads. Many times we see the Eagles play down to opponents and end up hurting themselves. I don’t think the Falcons offense is as good without Ryan in the game and I hope the defense comes out and proves me right.