Falcons continue to lose despite Matt Ryan’s excellence

The Atlanta Falcons are off to a 1-5 record to start the 2019 season, the worst start in the Dan Quinn era. Whether the defense is playing horrible, kickers are missing kicks or the team is getting penalized left and right, this Falcons team always finds a way to lose.

In week 6, the Falcons lost to the Arizona Cardinals 34-33, despite Matt Ryan having his best game of the season and one of the best games of his career.

Ryan’s stats against the Cardinals (week 6)

  • 83.33 cmp% (30-36)
  • 356 passing yards
  • 11.9 avg
  • 4 passing touchdowns
  • 144.9 passer rating
  • 80.0 qbr

For the third time in NFL history a quarterback was on the losing end of the game after throwing four+ touchdowns, zero interceptions and having a 140+ passer rating... Ryan has been apart of two/thirds of these such games.

Ryan also became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose after completing at least 80% of his passes for 300+ yards, four+ touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Ryan became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards in each of the first six weeks of the season and just the third quarterback to ever do that in each of their team’s first six games. Ryan joins Hall of Famers, Kurt Warner (2000) and Steve Young (1998).

The difference? Warner and the St. Louis Rams went undefeated during that stretch, while Young and the San Francisco 49ers went 5-1. Both, the 2000 Rams and the 1998 49ers made the playoffs.

However, that's not the case for Ryan and this Falcons team. The Falcons have one of the worst records in the NFL... mostly thanks to Quinn and his miserable defense. The Falcons defense has just two interceptions and five sacks, all season. Both interceptions came in week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles and the last time the Falcons got a sack was in week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Matt Ryan’s 2019 season stats (NFL rank)

  • 72.09 cmp% (3rd)
  • 2,011 passing yards (2nd)
  • 7.8 avg (9th)
  • 15 passing touchdowns (1st)
  • 7 interceptions (3rd)
  • 102.7 passer rating (7th)
  • 64.6 qbr (8th)

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