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Jameis Winston, Matt Ryan post similar numbers

You can consider it a wild success that Bucs rookie Jameis Winston and Falcons QB Matt Ryan can be compared as closely as they can this week.

Both have 16 passing touchdowns this season, and it's actually Winston who has fewer interceptions, with 10 to Ryan's 12.

Ryan has thrown for more yardage, but the area where you can find the biggest disparity in Winston's favor comes in how the quarterbacks fare in the red zone — in the high-pressure decisions made inside an opponent's 20-yard line.

Ryan, surprisingly, leads the NFL with four red-zone interceptions — you might remember the Bucs' Kwon Alexander had another one negated by penalty — including one in each of the past two Falcons losses.

Winston is at the other extreme, with zero red-zone interceptions in his first 11 NFL games. He has the second-most pass attempts in the red zone without an interception of any quarterback.

Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons calls a play at the line during the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 570165077

Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons calls a play at the line during the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 570165077

Jameis Winston, Matt Ryan post similar numbers 12/06/15 [Last modified: Saturday, December 5, 2015 6:22pm]
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