Matt Ryan Ties NFL Passing Record Despite Falcons' Troubles

By David Hayes
Atlanta Falcons v Arizona Cardinals
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Most would assume that any quarterback on pace to break NFL passing records would go hand in hand with his team's respective success in the win column as well. Unfortunately for Matt Ryan and the 2019 Atlanta Falcons, that connection couldn't be farther from the truth heading into Week 7 of the season.

Ryan went an incredible 30-for-36 on passing attempts for 356 yards and four touchdowns through the air in Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, but the Falcons still managed to come up one point short in a 34-33 loss.

Ryan's impressive Week 6 performance tied an NFL-record six straight games of 300-plus yards passing to start a season, however the Falcons have won just one of those six performances.

The 11-year veteran also made the wrong kind of history in Sunday's game, becoming the first NFL QB to complete better than 80 percent of his passing attempts (83.33 percent), throw for more than 300 yards, four TDs and no interceptions in one game and still lead his team to a loss.

His lone blemish among the names featured in the list above is certainly glaring, considering he's the only one that couldn't get the most important aspect of the game taken care of in actually winning it with those kind of numbers.

Ryan is currently second in the NFL in passing yards (2,011) and leading the NFL in passing TDs (15). Additionally, he's also leading the league in completion percentage among QBs with at least 190 passing attempts ahead of the Week 6 "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.

Despite all of these individual accolades, Ryan's Falcons have fallen to 1-5 and last place in the NFC South, and with matchups against the Los Angles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints in their next three games, it's clearly going to take more than 350.7 yards and 2.5 TDs per game to pull Atlanta back into contention.

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