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Statistically Speaking: Breaking down Atlanta’s Week 9 numbers

Recapping this week in stats for the Falcons.

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For the third time this season, the Atlanta Falcons have walked away from a game victorious. On Sunday, the Falcons added to the win column by defeating Denver Broncos. The team is now 3-6 overall — and 3-1 since firing both general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn. But, we are here to talk statistics and so we shall. This won’t be a deep dive into the analytical side of the numbers put up, but more of a broad outlook on weekly and seasonal stats so we can keep track of milestones and where this team stands with league leaders.

Without further ado, lets get started.

Matt Ryan passes Peyton Manning

In the first half on Sunday against the Broncos, Matt Ryan passed Peyton Manning for the most completions in NFL history through a quarterback’s first 13 seasons. A tremendous feat considering how often quarterback’s throw the ball these days. Overall, Ryan is 9th all-time with 4,696 career completions. The only active players on the list ahead of Ryan are Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

Who has the most red zone rushing touchdowns since 2015?

Well, that would be Todd Gurley of course. Through week 9 of the 2020 season, Gurley has 56 career rushing touchdowns in the red zone, leading all active running backs. It’s not really close either, as second-place belongs to Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys who has 39 such touchdowns.

Falcons defense is much better without Dan Quinn

It’s odd considering Raheem Morris was running the defense under Dan Quinn, and is now the head coach, but the defense has been far better over the last four games than the first five games. For the first five games with Quinn as head coach, the team’s point differential was -39. Under interim head coach Morris, the current point differential through four games is +31. Obviously one more game has occurred but it’s definitely interesting nonetheless.

Further proof that Julio Jones is the best ever

Julio Jones is constantly finding his way into these weekly articles, as he’s constantly topping records and statistic lists. Jones now has the most receiving yards through a player’s first 133 games in NFL history. Jones has 12,763 yards through 133 games and it’s not even close. Behind Jones is Calvin Johnson (11,405), Antonio Brown (11,263), Torry Holt (11,141) and Jerry Rice (11,093).