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Falcons' Matt Ryan continues case for MVP with big night in win over Bucs

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At the beginning of this NFL season we were all worried about the lack of star power at the quarterback position. Peyton Manning had retired, Tom Brady was suspended and league MVP Cam Newton wasn't dabbing. Now, halfway through the season, we have an MVP race that has three quarterbacks in the front and everyone's chasing Matt Ryan.

Atlanta's starting quarterback is playing at an All Pro level for the first time since 2012, and in this his ninth season, he's putting together a year worthy of the league's top award. In Thursday night's 43-28 win against Tampa Bay, Ryan's value was on full display. His ability to get everyone involved won the Falcons their sixth game of the season and kept them in contention for one of the top seeds in the NFC playoffs.