Unlike Peyton's 3 picks, Ryan had three passes picked off due to deflections or dropped pass by Roddy. Peyton's picks were sorely on him with some terrible reads and some smart coverage schemes by Atlanta.
Kerry Rhodes is better than most people think. Rhodes and Wilson are one of the best safety duos in the league, not concerned about Gonzalez.
Well first off, only one of Mannings pick was a bad read (McClain) and the others weren't terrible throws, just not great throws due to the lack of zip. He puts another 5 mph on the ball and they're completed.
Secondly, Ryan had another pick dropped by a defender (thanks James Sanders, still helping out the Falcons
). So you're basically arguing the difference between 3 picks and 2 picks. And if you're going to give the Falcons defense credit for making good plays (which I'm fine with), you also have to give the same credit to AZ's defenders for getting their hands up and deflecting 3 of those passes.
My point still stands, their both fluky occurrences and you should judge both the same.
I'm not overly concerned about Gonzo either since few teams have a safety like Wilson that you'd trust to put on an island against him, but some do. And any time a team can take away one of your weapons and put that on tape, it opens up opportunities for other enterprising head coaches. And if the coach is good enough, what he may lack in personnel, he could figure out make up with scheme. Not to mention if this arose due to Jones not being able to challenge the defense to get their safeties to key off Gonzo, does that mean that a team that does have a premier corner (like say Chicago) could be willing to take their chances by putting him on an island and then using lesser safeties to roll coverages to Gonzo underneath?
As you may/may not recall, Tillman was extremely effective pressing Julio in Week 1 last year. Also noticed that Champ Bailey was also very effective jamming Julio in Week 2 this past year.
It's not really about "most" teams, you gotta start thinking about teams like Chicago, San Francisco, Green Bay, NY Giants, New Orleans, Seattle, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, specifically. These are the only teams that matter anymore, because these are the teams we could see in January and have a decent to very good chance of beating the Falcons.