Matt Ryan’s Falcons host Geno Smith and the Jets on MNF. Both teams are trying to get back on track.
The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons meet tonight on Monday Night Football (8:25 ET/ESPN). The Falcons are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since a six-game skid in 2007. The Jets are looking for their first win on the road since Week 14 last season at Jacksonville.
Here are five stats Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden might touch on tonight.
1. Despite last week's loss to the Patriots, Matt Ryan is 34-6 in his career at the Georgia Dome. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only quarterback with more wins in his first 40 home starts is Brett Favre (35).
2. The Jets will be without starting wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who injured his hamstring in last week's loss at Tennessee.
Geno Smith targeted Holmes a team-high 23 times this season but completed only 43.5 percent of those attempts, the third-worst percentage for any QB-WR duo in the league (min. 20 attempts). Smith has completed 60.2 percent of his passes to all other Jets this season.
Matt Ryan in Final 2 Min. of Half
Last 2 Seasons (Inc. Playoffs)
3. Ryan completed a league-best 70.5 percent of his passes in the final two minutes of the half last season but has regressed to a 52.0 completion percentage this season. Ryan completed only half of his attempts in those situations in the first four years of his career.
4. A year after tying for the league lead with 37 turnovers, the Jets are on pace to give it away 48 times in 2013. Smith has 11 turnovers this season, second most in the league behind Eli Manning’s 14.
5. Although the Jets’ offense is in tough shape, the defense has been solid, ranking near the top of the league in many important categories.
Jets Defense This Season
The Jets have allowed 3.0 yards per rush this season, best in the NFL. The Jets have disrupted runs early this season, making first contact in the backfield on 25 percent of the runs they’ve faced, second best in the NFL.
• Matt Ryan has been sacked or put under duress on 28 percent of his dropbacks this season, up from 17 percent last season. All three of Ryan’s interceptions this season have been while under duress (threw two under duress last season).
• Matt Ryan has targeted Harry Douglas (23 targets) more than Roddy White (18) this season. Ryan and White have connected on 55.6 percent of their attempts this season compared to 65.7 percent last season.
White, who suffered an ankle injury during the preseason, was Ryan’s most-targeted receiver last year (140). This season he is being targeted on 14.4 percent of passing routes he's run, compared to 16.1 percent for Douglas.