One key stat favors Matt Ryan for MVP

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As the end of the regular season approaches, the various discussions and debates about the NFL’s MVP will soon shift from theoretical and hypothetical to practical and actual. For anyone who is having a hard time coming to terms with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as the league’s Most Valuable Player in lieu of players like Tom Brady, Derek Carr, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott, the staff of PFT Live has found a stat that puts his performance in perspective.

I could tell you what it is, but: (1) I don’t have the precise numbers in front of me; and (2) I want you to watch the video, which is a very short sliver from Thursday’s PFT Live.

I’ll make this guarantee. You will be as surprised by it as I was, and probably you will emerge from the experience feeling more strongly about Ryan being the MVP than you currently do.

41 responses to “One key stat favors Matt Ryan for MVP

  1. None of those QB’s won the Super Bowl the year they led in passer rating.

    Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.

  2. Falcons seem to be under the radar. They could be trouble for some in the playoffs if they can get healthy.

  3. Stats are for losers. Results are what should matter. Tom Brady is the best player in football. He is on a different level from all QB’s. His ability presnap to break down a defense is second to none. His ability to read the open man (even if it’s the 3rd/4th option) is uncanny. You can pull up any stat to make one person look better than the others. But the eye test rules all. When you watch Tom Brady and Matt Ryan who is the better player in your eyes?

  4. Brady = MVP = G.O.A.T.
    Patriots with out Brady .750 winning % and Patriots with Brady .909 winning %. 2 Picks to 25 TDs, No Gronk, No problem. Matty ICE is nice but Brady is MVP
    #FIREGOODELL

  5. I’m biased but…

    I’m more impressed by Tom Brady’s NFL record setting 2 INT’s on the year. If it stays at 2 after week 17 that may end up being one of those unbreakable records that stand forever.

    Brady is currently at 110 NFL rating not far behind Ryans 115 NFL rating. The media is always seems to favor the Dome QB’s over the outside QB’s that play in poor weather (unless the field is Lambeau Field anyway.) I guess you get bonus points if you play on a field that you can say in a funny deep voice.

    Brady has 4 Super Bowls. 3 Super Bowl MVP’s YET ONLY 2 League MVPs But he’s never won league MVP (2007 and 2010) the same year he’s won the Super Bowl. (01, 03, 04, 14, 16)

    Oh well. I’ll have to settle with another Super Bowl MVP. I’m just making my case for my favorite QB and I’m biased.

  6. What makes Matt Ryan impressive this year isn’t just the stats but that Julio has been injured for a good portion of the second half of the season and Ryan hasn’t missed a beat.

    He is the MVP candidate.

    Brady – pats 3-1 without
    Dak- best oline in the league and Elliot. Not sure their record would be different with romo
    Rodgers- first half of season was nothing but talk about him being washed up and McCarthy needing to be fired.
    Carr- the only other MVP option in my opinion.

  7. The main knock against Matt Ryan is that he sucks and he plays for the Falcons. Anybody can catch lightning in a bottle for one season, consistency is the true sign of a player that deserves an MVP. Matt Ryan’s career has been anything but consistent.

  8. The QB rating is a questionable measure. It benefits guys who make short complete throws over those taking chances down the field. Yes, I’m talking about you Tom “dink n dunk” Brady.

  9. 4sacroc says:
    Dec 30, 2016 8:56 AM

    Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.
    ——————————
    Tell that to the vikings.

  10. If the entire league re-drafted teams for a single season, how many quarterbacks would be taken ahead of Matt Ryan. Exactly.

  11. factschecker says:
    Dec 30, 2016 9:28 AM
    I’m biased but…

    I’m more impressed by Tom Brady’s NFL record setting 2 INT’s on the year. If it stays at 2 after week 17 that may end up being one of those unbreakable records that stand forever.
    ______________________________________

    And you can add an * to another Patriot record…

    *Played in 12 games.

  12. The QB rating is a questionable measure. It benefits guys who play in climate controlled structures over those who play outdoors, particularly in the Northeast where weather adversely affects the field. Yes, I’m talking about you Matt “chuck it up for grabs” Ryan.

  13. sportzfan says:
    Dec 30, 2016 9:11 AM

    Last i checked this was a team sport, 1 player doesnt win it or lose it for a team. And tom as MVP??? oh god. Any of his back ups step in that same spot and DOMINATE. Tom is mediocre as proven by matt cassell winning 11 games in that offense and them starting 3-1 (better than almost every other team) with a back up and then an INJURED 3rd stringer. Best QB performace so far was Jimmy Garoppolo against a playoff team in the dolphins. He threw for 69%, 3 td’s and 0 ints IN ONE HALF OF FOOTBALL. Im pretty sure tom brady won AFC player of the week for 3 tds, 0 int’s and 70% completion rate against the worst team in the nfl (brown), and it took him 4 quarters to get 3 td’s, not just 2 quarters like Jimmy.

  14. factschecker says:
    Dec 30, 2016 9:28 AM
    I’m biased but…

    The reason why tom has only 2 int’s is because he only throws high percentage passes that every qb in the nfl can make. Through 4 games his back up and injured 3rd stringer combined for 0 int’s. Yes, the back up and INJURED 3rd stringer threw zero int’s through 4 games because their offense runs like a high school offense. All quick screens and slants. No footwork needed, no true showing of arm strength. Just easy, high percentage passes. So im not impressed when Tom does slightly better than his back up. Tom wins 13-14 games/yr. Matt Cassell ( a career backup who couldnt even hack it on the hapless bills team) won 11 games in that offense in ’08. So if your getting 2 more wins than a 2nd or 3rd string qb, im not impressed. Its the offense, plain and simple, its not tom.

  15. Yes, the back up and INJURED 3rd stringer threw zero int’s through 4 games because their offense runs like a high school offense.
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    Yeah and nobody in the NFL can stop that “high school offense.” it’s been 16 years and it’s a copy cat league.

    It’s so simple that nobody can stop it and nobody can replicated it with any of the other 31 franchise.

    Honest question…..do you really believe what you are saying? Honestly?

  16. Footballfanz says:
    Dec 30, 2016 11:03 AM
    factschecker says:
    Dec 30, 2016 9:28 AM
    I’m biased but…

    The reason why tom has only 2 int’s is because he only throws high percentage passes that every qb in the nfl can make. Through 4 games his back up and injured 3rd stringer combined for 0 int’s. Yes, the back up and INJURED 3rd stringer threw zero int’s through 4 games because their offense runs like a high school offense. All quick screens and slants. No footwork needed, no true showing of arm strength. Just easy, high percentage passes. So im not impressed when Tom does slightly better than his back up. Tom wins 13-14 games/yr. Matt Cassell ( a career backup who couldnt even hack it on the hapless bills team) won 11 games in that offense in ’08. So if your getting 2 more wins than a 2nd or 3rd string qb, im not impressed. Its the offense, plain and simple, its not tom.
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    How did Garrapollo do in his 3rd game, 4th? Stop cherry picking stats.

    Cassell won 11 games with the same team that Brady went 16-0 with, that’s a 5 game difference. 5 GAMES!!

    And yes, their back up back up threw no interceptions, that’s great, and put up ZERO points against the Bills. A month later, Brady drops 40+ on them.

    “He only throws high percentage passes”. Oh the horror, what an idiot! He should chuck it down field more and have more 3 and outs.

    Do you even read what you type? People like you always discredit Tom and the offense as something “so easy a high school player could do it.” Why don’t other millionnaire QBs and coaches copy it then? They must not like winning championships and making the playoffs every year right?

    My goodness people

  17. Your video commercials load perfectly every time and play fully without a hitch, but I can’t go more than about five seconds into the actual video without it reloading a commercial and then switching to a difference video. Nice.

  18. Footballfanz says:
    Dec 30, 2016 11:03 AM
    factschecker says:
    Dec 30, 2016 9:28 AM
    I’m biased but…

    The reason why tom has only 2 int’s is because he only throws high percentage passes that every qb in the nfl can make. Through 4 games his back up and injured 3rd stringer combined for 0 int’s. Yes, the back up and INJURED 3rd stringer threw zero int’s through 4 games because their offense runs like a high school offense. All quick screens and slants. No footwork needed, no true showing of arm strength. Just easy, high percentage passes. So im not impressed when Tom does slightly better than his back up. Tom wins 13-14 games/yr. Matt Cassell ( a career backup who couldnt even hack it on the hapless bills team) won 11 games in that offense in ’08. So if your getting 2 more wins than a 2nd or 3rd string qb, im not impressed. Its the offense, plain and simple, its not tom.

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    your opinion is your opinion on MVP this year, fine. Please stop with the Matt Cassel justification. That was a loaded team that came a c-hair away from an undefeated season that only won 11 the next year and missed the playoffs. All-time great receivers Randy Moss in ’08 or Julio Jones this year can make mediocre QBs very good.

  19. The argument that Brady’s passer rating benefits from the type of passes he throws is specious.

    If one compares the passer rating of Ryan and Brady on downfield passes (10+ yards) Brady’s is higher. They also throw the same percentage of passes under 10 yards downfield so Brady doesn’t throw more of these types of passes.

    I guess it sounds good when nothing else supports an argument for Ryan but it simply isn’t accurate.

  20. Gronk is gone. None of Brady’s receivers are nominated for pro-bowl. No Julio Jones, Beckham, Dez, Antonio Brown,Cooper, Sanders, Dez etc. Brady has no elite receivers. He make do with hodgepodge of players he has driven to win. That’s what separate Brady from other QBs. He wins with less consistently.
    He had Randy Moss once when Moss was 30 years old. They had fun.

  21. It’s not an award for best ever! If it were, Joe Montana would win. Brady missed 4 games. His team went 3-1 without him. Ryan played the whole season and led one of the best offenses of all time. The Falcons would have won 4 3 games at most without him.

  22. Most Valuable Player? Suppose your team is headed into the Superbowl. Who do you want as your quarterback? Matt Ryan or Tom Brady?

    Are you kidding me? Brady, obviously. Matt Ryan had a great year and is, overall, a fine QB. But, if its all on the line, anyone in their right mind would want Brady.

    If your your answer is Brady, which is plain as day, then how can Matt Ryan be more valuable?

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