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MINNEAPOLIS - A little more than six years ago, Matt Ryan made his NFL debut. Edinson Volquez Jersey . Now, hes in the top five in the league in most statistical categories for passing, in position to lead the Atlanta Falcons back from a rough 2013 that was the only losing season of his career. Ryan has made the playoffs four times, been on a pair of 13-win teams and reached the NFC championship game once. Those are quite the feats for Teddy Bridgewater to match, or beat, but maybe in six years he will. Thats the beauty of a first-round draft picks first NFL start. Its a lifelong dream to play and to start in this league. Its a really special day, one that youll never forget. I think Teddy will do a great job, Ryan said. Obviously hes a talented player who had an unbelievable college career. Hes going to be excited this week. But once you get out there and settle down, its the same game you always played. Matt Cassel broke his foot last Sunday, so Bridgewater will be in the huddle and behind centre this week for the Minnesota Vikings (1-2) against the Falcons (2-1). It came very fast, Bridgewater said, adding: I always had my antennas up. I was always alert. Tried to prepare myself for when that time came. That time has come. Were going to have to be prepared for a very athletic quarterback, Falcons coach Mike Smith said. Here are some key themes to watch Sunday: WARY VIKINGS Devin Hester of the Falcons became the all-time NFL leader last week with his 20th career return touchdown, four of which have come against the Vikings. In 15 games against them, Hester has a total of nine touchdowns. So while Vikings will be as wary of his ability as any other team, kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson has looked at Hester as a player to emulate since entering the league last season. Just watching film of him just gets me excited, Patterson said. KALILS CONFIDENCE Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been vulnerable against the pass rush. The coaches have been urging Kalil to not let one bad play affect him on the next snap. Coach Mike Zimmer compared his struggles to a golfer letting frustration of missed putt linger at the next tee box to distract the focus on the drive. Weve had corners get beat, weve got linebackers that get beat, weve got guards that get beat, but everybody is on this Kalil kick, Zimmer said. For 93 per cent of the game he plays pretty good, but unfortunately the three or four bad plays he has show up, and then guys get on him. Im not that discouraged, as everybody else is. The Falcons, who use both a 4-3 and a 3-4 alignment, were the only team in the league without a sack after two games. They had three last week against the reeling Buccaneers, but still have the third-fewest in the NFL. It was good to get the monkey off our backs. Theres been a lot of talk in the building about it, said Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters, who had one of the sacks. SWEET HOME Julio Jones, the NFLs leader with 365 yards receiving, is a familiar foe for Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. They overlapped as NFC South opponents the past three seasons when Munnerlyn played for the Carolina Panthers and in 2008 in the mighty Southeastern Conference when Jones was a freshman for Alabama and Munnerlyn was in his last year at South Carolina. Their ties stretch deeper still, to the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Munnerlyn went to Murphy High School in Mobile, and Jones came from Foley, about an hour away across the bay. ROAD TRIPPING The Falcons have started a 65-day stretch with only one game at the Georgia Dome, since they had a home date against Detroit moved to London as part of the NFLs overseas series. Including a 24-10 decision at Cincinnati two weeks ago, the Falcons have lost seven straight outdoor games. Their last such win was Nov. 25, 2012, at Tampa Bay. The Vikings lost their home opener at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota and havent won outside in six games since last Sept. 29 against Pittsburgh in London. Outdoors at U.S. stadiums, the Vikings are winless in their past 13 games since Dec. 24, 2011, at Washington. WELCOME BACK Falcons rookie defensive end RaShede Hageman will return to his hometown and alma mater, where Hageman developed into an NFL prospect after leaving Minneapolis Washburn High School. Two of his former Gophers teammates, punt returner/cornerback Marcus Sherels and tight end MarQueis Gray, now play for the Vikings. Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice will also spend the weekend in a familiar place. He played the last three seasons of his career for the Vikings and spent 10 years on staff, including as head coach from 2002-05. Alex Gordon Jersey . A quick first step to get to the hoop for a layup. 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They lack star power, with no one among the top 25 scorers, but are second overall in the Western Conference and atop the Central Division entering the re-start Wednesday at Vancouver. "Weve played awfully well. Weve been really resilient all year, weve responded to challenges all year," coach Ken Hitchcock said before the break. "But its going to really get dialed up when we get back and our players recognize that. "I think some guys are really looking forward to it." So far, theyve done the franchise proud. The next few months, theyll be working on solidifying their position and proving they belong against other powers in the conference. Theyre 3-0 against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, but 1-2 against the Kings, 0-3 against the Sharks and 0-2 against the Ducks. The Sharks have outscored them 16-7, the Ducks 8-4. "I told the players when we come back in March and April, its for them," Hitchcock said. "They have to really grab it coming back." The blueprint for success is a defence thats allowed the second-fewest goals. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have combined for seven shutouts aided by strong support and willing shot blockers throughout the defensive rotation. Oshie and Alexander Steen are tied for the team scoring lead at 46 points, Steens total coming in 46 games due to a lengthy concussion-related aabsence. Omar Infante Jersey. Theres plenty of depth with six players scoring at least 14 goals and Alex Pietrangelo is the first defenceman in franchise history and first in the NHL since Dion Phaneuf (2005-08) to record 40 or more points in each of his first three seasons. Theyve been dominant without much of a power play lately, entering the break in an 0-for-20 skid that included numerous failures with the two-man advantage. The Blues must regain their stride quickly after the break with 12 games in 22 days and never more than one day of rest. Theyve played the fewest games in the Western Conference and have three games in hand on the Ducks, first overall, and Blackhawks, who like St. Louis have 84 points. "Its really going to be like coming out of the lockout where everybody is full-tilt and every point means something down the stretch," defenceman Barret Jackman said. "Its going to be about the mental focus coming back and being the team that doesnt crack in those one-goal games." The Blues got a taste of the pressure going to overtime the last four games prior to the Olympics. They won three of them, with Oshie providing a preview of his Sochi show with four shootout goals to drive the United States past Russia in a preliminary round game. Stateside, Oshie scored in overtime to beat the Bruins, scored in the shootout to help beat the Jets and had a goal and assist against the Senators and then scored again in the shootout in a 5-4 loss. 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