Corny writing 101 would tell me to drop a "Dey Know" reference in memory of Shawty Lo, when Saints fans ask "Who Dat," but we'll skip that and get right to the facts.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will be going against the New Orleans Saints for the 16th time in his career this Monday on ESPN. Why another article on Ryan you ask? Should I dig up some stats and write about somebody else? Probably, but the guy has put up some very impressive numbers so far this season and against the Saints.
Ryan has a history of putting up impressive numbers versus Atlanta's rivals in the Crescent City. The nine-year vet has recorded two 400-yard passing games versus the Saints, including a franchise record 448 passing yards in 2014 – only other team he's put up 400 passing yards against was the New England Patriots in 2013.
Ryan has put up solid numbers against teams in his division, averaging 263.1 yards per game, 64.7-completion percentage, and 68 touchdowns. But it seems like a fire is lit inside him whenever the quarterback from Boston College sees black and gold. In 15 games versus the Saints, Ryan has recorded 301.5 yards per game, 24 touchdowns, a 64.5-completion percentage, and a 96.0 passer rating. He has also posted eight 300-yard games versus New Orleans, which is the most against any team in the NFL. Ryan has also only thrown one interception in the past five games against New Orleans as well.
Along with his impressive numbers, Ryan has been on a pretty outstanding streak over the past two and half seasons, throwing for at least 200 yards in 41 straight games. Hopefully, Ryan can carry this streak and his impressive numbers into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and translate that to a win to move his team to 2-1 on Monday night.