Matt Ryan and Julio Jones have perfection on the line against the Rams
Even if the Falcons defense is not ready for the LA Rams, history tells us that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will be.
Matt Ryan has faced the Rams five times in his career; four times in the regular season and once in the playoffs and he has been absolutely impressive in all five of those games. Matt has been so good that the Falcons are 5-0 in those five matchups.
How good has Matt been in those five matchups; he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,242yards, nine touchdowns, and just two interceptions. Those two interceptions came in week 17 of his rookie season.
Under the direction of Matt Ryan, the Falcons offense has averaged nearly 33 points per game against the Rams. Here is a look at Matt Ryan’s production over those five games.
- 2008: 31-27 – 10/21 160 yards 1 TD 2 Int
- 2010: 34-17 – 26/39 253 yards 2 TD 0 Int
- 2013: 31-24 – 33/43 374 yards 2 TD 0 Int
- 2016: 42-14 – 18/28 237 yards 3 TD 0 Int
- 2018: 26-13 – 21/30 218 yards 1 TD 0 Int
Julio Jones has also been very productive in his meetings against the Rams. Due to injuries, Julio Jones missed the game in 2016 but embarrassed the Rams in 2013 and the playoff matchup in 2018.
Yes, we all know the Rams made a splash this week by sending two first-round picks to Jacksonville for Jalen Ramsey and yes he will play.
The question becomes, how effective can he be on Julio without knowing all there is to know about the Rams defensive system – calls, schemes, responsibilities, etc… The Rams are going to have to rely a lot on Troy Hill, Nickell Robey-Coleman and David Long Jr to help cover Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu.
I like Julio torching the Rams for the third straight time on Sunday while Matt moves to 6-0 and hands the defending NFC Champions their fourth straight loss.