On the back of a painful and disappointing end to a sensational season, Matt Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons teammates are preparing for the new campaign where they will be determined to right the wrongs from last year. While some of the roster have spent their time off laid on a beach or enjoying the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, Ryan has been in Atlanta getting himself prepared for another long season. The quarterback, who was named last year’s NFL MVP, has also been busy by hosting a golf tournament in Atlanta, aimed at raising funds for charity.
Just weeks after a stunning end to The Masters, which took place just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, golf was again on the menu, as Ryan teamed up with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to host the seventh annual Matt Ryan Celebrity-Am Classic golf event. The tournament raises money for the Aflac Cancer Center and the Matt Ryan Foundation, with Ryan joined by some of his Falcons teammates and other retired professional athletes at TPC Sugarloaf.
It’s been a tough couple of months for Ryan. While he will have been delighted with how the majority of his season went – being named MVP and ending his long wait to win a postseason game – the now historic defeat at Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots will have stung. Having led the Pats 28-3, the Falcons suffered a meltdown of biblical proportions that saw Tom Brady and his men mount a famous comeback to hand Atlanta fans as painful a defeat as you could have in a Super Bowl.
Before getting the new regular season underway, the Falcons will take on the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Arizona Cardinals and the Jacksonville Jaguars over four preseason games. Ryan and his teammates know that a big preseason could be essential to any hopes of mounting a Super Bowl charge in 2017. With the Falcons priced at around 3/1 with many bookmakers to reach the Super Bowl again this year, punters looking to use their bonus bets, as compiled by sites such as Latestbettingsites.co.uk, could do a lot worse than to back Ryan and his Atlanta team.
While last year’s disappointments will still be fresh in the memory, it may act as just the right motivation for the franchise to go all the way in 2017. With the experience of the postseason under their belt, this previously green roster will be able to use a lot of what they learned in 2016 to make sure they don’t stumble at the final hurdle this season. With a number of new players expected to bolster the Falcons’ offensive unit, Ryan will have a lot of work to do between now and the start of the new season to ensure he and his team are ready for the first game at the franchise’s new home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.