When the Atlanta Falcons kick off Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, quarterback Matt Ryan will have a chance to make NFL history once again for the.
Matt Ryan currently sits 11th all-time on the NFL passing list, just behind pro football hall of famer Warren Moon. If Matt Ryan can throw for 254 yards Sunday, he will surpass Moon for 10th all time. Next of the list would be two-time Super Bowl champion John Elway, though it will be next season before Matt Ryan has a chance to pass him as well.
Overall, Matt Ryan is 14-8 against the “I-85” rivals and has had some spectacular games against the Panthers. No one will ever forget the performance from Matt Ryan on October 2, 2016, in the Georgia Dome.
That was the game that Matt Ryan went 28/37 for 503 yards and four touchdowns. Julio Jones was on the receiving end of 12 of those passes for 300 yards and one touchdown. All four of Matt’s touchdowns that night went to four different receivers; Julio, Aldrick Robinson, Austin Hooper, and Jacob Tamme.
For his career, Matt has averaged 272 yards passing in his 22 games against the Panthers. Sunday may be a little tough for Ryan as the Panthers have the 11th best passing defense in the NFL, only giving up 226 yards per game.
Add to the fact that Ryan will be missing his favorite target in Austin Hooper, Sunday could be tough in the passing game for Atlanta. Undoubtedly, Dirk Koetter and the offensive staff are looking at ways to dominate on the ground against one of the poorest run defenses in the NFL. If the Falcons offensive line can protect like they did against Cam Jordan and the Saints, Matt could make history.
We can all agree, Matt Ryan moving into 10th all-time in the NFL in passing yards would be great, but beating the division rival Panthers would be even better.