Originally written September 28, 2012 on Football Nation:
The Carolina Panthers head into Atlanta to take on a new-look Falcons' team that is playing like a true Super Bowl contender. On the flip side, the Panthers are a long ways away from living up to their self-made preseason hype of making it to the big dance.Heading into Week 4, the Falcons are one of three teams that remain undefeated, with the others being the Texans and the Cardinals. While their early success should be attributed to the entire team playing at a high level, a large proportion of the credit also needs be given to fifth-year quarterback, Matt Ryan, who is playing like the league MVP thus far. The Boston College product leads the NFL in completion percentage (72.0), passer rating (114.0), and touchdown passes with eight (tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Fitzpatrick). In addition, he has thrown only one interception in the short season and is on pace to record back-to-back seasons of at least 4,000 yards passing.On the other hand, the Panthers' second-year...
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