The Atlanta Falcons breezed to a 40-23 win over the Vikings, and despite the very justified fretting of fans, they were never close to losing this one after they shut down a Vikings fourth down push early in the game up 10-0.
There were many performances worth calling out, ranging from a resurgent Deion Jones to a stellar Julio Jones, but it’s worth calling out a bit of history from Atlanta’s embattled quarterback. After three straight so-so weeks, Matt Ryan put up a performance matched by just three other quarterbacks in NFL regular season history across multiple games.
Matt Ryan is the fourth player in NFL history to complete 75% of his passes for 350+ yards, 4+ touchdowns and 0 interceptions in multiple games.— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) October 18, 2020
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Ryan did this all against a Minnesota defense that held the surging Seattle Seahawks to 28 points last week and managed to impact him with pressure pretty consistently in the middle portions of the game. He hit Hayden Hurst and Calvin Ridley for touchdowns, hit Julio Jones for two scores, scrambled for 8 yards, and generally looked like the Matt Ryan we all know and love after those rough weeks.
This was a good reminder that Ryan is still plenty capable of great weeks, and that he has the supporting cast necessary to pour points on solid teams, even if those solid teams certainly have an awful record. We’ll have to see him string together more than one good performance, but making a little history in the first win of the season feels pretty sweet either way.