Matt Ryan looks to extend his streak versus the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Throughout Matt Ryan’s career, he has faced every NFL team at least three times in his career and there are only two teams that he has never beaten – New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, there are three franchises that Ryan has never lost to in his Hall of Fame career – Washington Football, Las Vegas (Oakland) Raiders, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Matt Ryan hopes to keep his unbeaten streak against the Raiders intact when the two teams kickoff Sunday.
Matt has had a ton of success against the Raiders in his three games – 2008, 2012, and 2016. He has completed 72 percent of his pass attempts for 865 yards and six touchdowns and he was only sacked a combined five times in the three previous matchups.
What some may have noticed as well is that in those three previous matchups, Matt Ryan was directing a playoff team and in 2012 and 2016 he directed an Atlanta Falcons team that made it to the NFC Championship game.
That clearly is not the case this season for the Falcons.
The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-1 in their last four games, with their lone loss coming last week in the final minute to the reigning Super Bowl champs and the probable 2020 NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes.
The Raiders are clinging onto their playoff lives at the moment and need every win that they can get while the Atlanta Falcons are just trying to get through the end of the seasons as they look to move forward in a much different direction.
There is a lot of heat on Matt Ryan at the moment and he will be damned if he does or damned if he doesn’t move forward. If he plays out of his mind and the Falcons win, he will be cursed from the Mercedes Benz Stadium to the Mall of Georgia.
If they continue to lose and improve the Falcons draft stock, he will be called a bum and told to retire.
There is no doubt Matt Ryan would like to end Sunday’s game the way he starts it – healthy and undefeated against the Raiders.