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Matt Ryan is NFL's best offensive performer thus far says Peter King

Matt Ryan has played well during the Falcons' 4-0 start.

Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Atlanta Falcons are off to a 4-0 start to 2012, and quarterback Matt Ryan is a big reason why the team has been successful in the early stages of the season. As Sports Illustrated's Peter King pointed out Monday morning, Ryan is on track for a career year:

While lengthening his average throw, Ryan's become more accurate too. His 69.4-percent completion rate is 8.1 points better than last year, his quarterback rating (112.1) almost 20 points higher.

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Ryan has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions this season, and he has completed 69.4 percent of his throws. He is on pace to set career-highs in efficiency, passing yardage, passing touchdowns and touchdown-to-interception ratio. At this rate, 2012 will be the first season in which Ryan throws for 30 touchdowns or more.

Atlanta puts its perfect record on the line in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins.

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