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Matt Ryan: Record against winning teams

See how veteran QB Matt Ryan has fared against teams with a winning record.

Matt Ryan was the face of the Atlanta Falcons from 2008 through 2021. He provided the team consistency at the quarterback position through a lot of ups and downs. That resulted in four Pro Bowl appearances and 1 Super Bowl appearance. He would actually be a Super Bowl Champion if the Falcons didn’t blow a 28-3 lead to Tom Brady during Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons decided to move on from Matt Ryan before the start of the 2022 season. They sent him to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2022 3rd round draft pick. In the meantime, the Falcons are rolling with Marcus Mariota while they hit the reset button. Ryan joins a Colts team that does not have a clear identity or direction, but he gets another opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Let’s take a look at how many times Matt Ryan won games against teams with a winning record with Matt Ryan as their starting quarterback.

The reason for QB wins against winning teams

I started to dive into this stat for every quarterback because the new hot argument is to say that a certain quarterback didn’t beat any good teams. I often see people use this argument to say players like Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are not good and just put up empty stats. At the end of the day, there is much more to the story.

First off and most importantly, quarterback wins are a team statistic. Secondly, very few quarterbacks in the NFL have a winning record against teams who finished the season above .500 in the league.

There are a lot of moving parts involved in football. While winning and losing is the most important stat, it is one that unfairly gets attributed to quarterbacks.

What is Matt Ryan’s record against winning teams?

Since entering the NFL in 2008, Matt Ryan is 33-63 (.344) against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

In 2021, Matt Ryan was 2-8 (.200) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Eagles (loss)
  • Buccaneers (loss)
  • Dolphins (win)
  • Saints (win)
  • Cowboys (loss)
  • Patriots (loss)
  • Buccaneers (loss)
  • 49ers (loss)
  • Bills (loss)
  • Saints (loss)

In 2020, Matt Ryan was 0-7 (.000) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Seahawks (loss)
  • Packers (loss)
  • Saints (loss)
  • Saints (loss)
  • Buccaneers (loss)
  • Chiefs (loss)
  • Buccaneers (loss)

In 2019, Matt Ryan was 3-5 (.375) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Vikings (loss)
  • Eagles (win)
  • Titans (loss)
  • Texans (loss)
  • Rams (loss)
  • Saints (win)
  • Saints (loss)
  • 49ers (win)

In 2018, Matt Ryan was 0-6 (.000) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Eagle (loss)
  • Saints (loss)
  • Steelers (loss)
  • Cowboys (loss)
  • Saints (loss)
  • Ravens (loss)

What quarterbacks have a winning record against winning teams?

As seen on our master QB record vs winning teams chart, there are only a handful of NFL quarterbacks that have a record above .500 against winning teams.

You can digest that information on your own. The only thing I want you to take away from this is that it is extremely rare to have a winning record against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

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