Pro Football Focus is known for giving fans and football analyst a unique way of looking at more advanced data. Today, the website came out with their PFF Midseason Superlatives, and the Falcons very own, Matt Ryan appears twice on their list of players who have a shot of breaking some of their PFF records – dating back to 2006.
According to Pro Football Focus, Ryan is currently on pace to break Eli Manning's most deep-passing yards (throws traveling 20 yards in air) set in 2011 (1,419 yards), and Nick Foles' record of best passer rating when the pocket is kept clean (134.6). Through PFF's research, the nine year veteran currently has 721 deep passing yards and is tied for first with Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with seven touchdowns of passes targeted 20 yards or more downfield. Ryan has completed 19-of-34 passes on deep passes, according to PFF, and his 19 completions are third among quarterbacks in the NFL. Ryan also has a 140.3 quarterback rating on deep passes, which ranks first.
Outside of these advanced stats, Ryan has been on a tear this year, posting 2,636 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, which are both league bests, while averaging 9.4 yards per passing attempt – second in the NFL. Ryan's 115.8 passer rating also ranks second in the NFL.
Ryan's numbers show why the Falcons offense has been on a roll this season, as he has lead the Falcons to being the top ranked offense in the NFL through eight weeks.