For the seventh time this season, the Atlanta Falcons have failed to secure victory. On Sunday, the Falcons ultimately lost to their hated rival, the New Orleans Saints. The team is now 3-7 overall — and 3-2 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 was sacked way too much
Through the first 9 games of the regular season, Matt Ryan has been sacked 19 times, or about 2 times per game. On Sunday against the Saints, Ryan was sacked 8 times. He’s now been sacked 27 total times and is on pace to be sacked 43 times — which is still somehow better than 2019’s 48 times. The Falcons have another Saints game coming up, which could make that pace worth.
A fun Matt Ryan-Julio Jones stat
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones go together like peanut butter & jelly, Kenan & Kel, etc. They are both going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, and they both will have helped each other get there. In the last 20 games prior to the Saints game, with Jones playing Ryan has 30 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. In five games without Jones, Ryan has 3 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Needless to say, the Falcons generally do better with Jones on the field.
A non-fun Matt Ryan stat
This statistic isn’t necessarily Ryan’s fault, but it still doesn’t reflect well on the Falcons. On Sunday, Saints’ defensive end Cameron Jordan became the first player to sack a single quarterback 20 times, since sacks were officially recorded starting in 1982. Jordan is a five-time Pro Bowler and has been a thorn in the Falcons side since 2011.
Falcons league-wide outlook
First we have to start with Ryan who continues to throw the ball far too often. Joe Burrow (who is now out for the season) is the only player in the NFL who has currently thrown more passes than Ryan. Due to this, Ryan also has the third most passing yards (2,978) and is on pace to throw for 4,765 yards which would rank third most for his career.
Todd Gurley’s numbers have regressed lately, as he’s 3.7 yards per carry. Gurley has the 6th most rushing attempts and is tied for the third most rushing touchdowns. He’s still on pace for 976 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.