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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Red Mens Air VaporMax . -- There were two new pingpong tables in the Falcons locker room on Wednesday, bringing the total to three.Matt Ryan walked past them all without even a glance.Ryans new locker-room neighbor can confirm Atlantas quarterback is not going to spend time hitting pingpong balls or dunking on the mini-basketball goal attached to the locker room door. At least not on a work day.Pretty business-oriented, said center Alex Mack when asked to describe Ryan. Hes in here to do business.If so, Ryan is a successful businessman.Ryan leads the NFL with 2,980 yards passing and 23 touchdowns -- with only four interceptions. He is enjoying an impressive career rebirth as the Falcons prepare for Sundays game at Philadelphia. For Ryan, its a return to his hometown where he cheered for quarterback Donovan McNabb and the Eagles.I dont think anybody growing up in that area is a fan of anything other than Philadelphia sports, Ryan said Wednesday. Theyve got some pretty passionate fans up there. I grew up pulling for the Eagles and Phillies and Flyers and Sixers. ... Donovan McNabb was the guy, man.Only one year ago, some wondered if Ryans time as the Falcons guy was drawing to a close. There were questions about his arm strength and his ability to fit in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahans scheme. Some even wondered if it was time for the Falcons to think about drafting his replacement after he threw only 21 touchdown passes, his low since his 2008 rookie season.Ryan, 31, has silenced his critics. His 42 passes of at least 20 yards are the most in the league and the Falcons (6-3) lead the NFC South.Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Ryan is definitely playing Pro Bowl-caliber right now.Obviously, you learn from experiences and rely on those a little bit, Pederson said Wednesday. I think Matt is taking care of the football and hes just letting the game come to him. Hes not pressing any issues. Hes an accurate passer. Hes big and tall and strong in the pocket, and hes just utilizing the strength of his offense.Ryan threw for 344 yards with four touchdowns in last weeks 43-28 win over Tampa Bay. He was named NFC offensive player of the week on Wednesday after being named player of the month for September.Coach Dan Quinn said Ryan is all-business on the practice field, just like in the locker room. He said Ryans success on the field came from extra work in practice.I think its a lot due to the deliberate practice that Matt applies himself to, whether its a certain route he wants to throw or the timing with the receiver, Quinn said. Its the extra work that goes in thats kind of unseen.Ryan insisted he finds time for fun with all the extra work. He said he likes to play pingpong -- just not on days the team is practicing and his focus is on football.I like pingpong, Ryan said. But ... especially when were going (to practice) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I like to be as efficient with my time inside the building as I can be. Thats something Ive learned throughout my career, so when we get in here Im trying to be as productive and get myself as best prepared as I can for the game that week.Game notes DE Dwight Freeney (quad), RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring), CB Desmond Trufant (shoulder) and TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder) did not practice. We expect some back as the week goes on, Quinn said. Rookie Austin Hooper likely would start if Tamme misses his second straight game. Hooper and another backup tight end, Levine Toilolo, had TD catches last week.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Purple Air VaporMax 2018 . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. Grey Youth Air VaporMax . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. http://www.cheapairvapormaxshop.com/ . Catch all the action on TSN2 at 11pm et/8pm pt. The nine-time Big 12 champion Jayhawks are positioning themselves for another title, as they have run out to a flawless 6-0 mark in conference play thus far. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard offered a blunt assessment of his team after Thursday nights 126-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.We kind of suck right now, he told reporters. Its that simple.The loss was Portlands second straight, following Tuesday nights 113-88 home loss to the Chicago Bulls, and dropped the Blazers record to 7-6, putting them squarely in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.Thursdays performance also continued a disturbing trend for the team, which has allowed 111.3 points per game, second worst in the NBA. The Blazers rank 27th in the league in defensive efficiency (107.3), which measures the number of points a team allows per 100 possessions.On Thursday, after entering halftime tied at 62, the Blazers were outscored 38-21 in the third quarter. Houstons James Harden finished with 26 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season.Were just not very good right now, said Lillard, who ranks fourth in the league with 28.8 points per game. Weeve just got to keep fighting. Green Air VaporMax 2018. Its important for our team to stay together, and I think thats one of the biggest strengths of our team, is we stay together. If we try to stay positive, and we just keep working and keep fighting, I think at some point itll click.Well get it right, and things will be fine. But I think everybodys frustrated.The Blazers are off to an up-and-down start after finishing 44-38 last season and advancing to the second round of the playoffs, where they fell 4-1 to the?Golden State Warriors. Theyll look to turn things around Friday in the second game of a back-to-back at New Orleans.We cant get no worse, right? forward?Evan Turner said. Its got to go somewhere. Obviously, communication just has to pick up. As a unit, we just have to be accountable and, once again, draw the line with stuff. Just continue to take it more personal and draw the line. 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