The Indianapolis Colts have high hopes for new starting quarterback Matt Ryan this season. Ryan is the fifth different starter that the Colts will have under center in Week 1 in as many weeks.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Ryan has spent his entire 14-year career with the Atlanta Falcons before being traded to Indianapolis this offseason. He has had a successful career, winning 120 games and being a stalwart for the franchise since being selected.
When you start for 14 seasons, you are bound to rack up some interesting stats along the way. This season, Ryan has a chance to set an NFL record, but it is a rather obscure one. While there are four players, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, that has defeated every team in the NFL at least once, Ryan is moving toward becoming the first player to lose to all 32 teams at least once.
Ryan has lost to 29 different franchises in his career but could add two more to the docket this season in the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders. The Colts face their AFC South rivals twice, in Week 2 and Week 6. They will travel to take on the Raiders in Week 10.
If the Colts are unable to win those games, Ryan will have lost to 31 teams in the league, which would set a record. The only remaining team will be the Falcons, who he will not be suiting up for for the first time this upcoming season.
There are seven players, Drew Bledsoe, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, Jon Kitna, Carson Palmer and Alex Smith, that have lost to 30 different franchises, but no one has crossed that threshold.
While losing games isn’t something anyone wants to be known for, that would be quite a feat for Matt Ryan. Quarterbacks aren’t normally given much leash when it comes to losing games. Being productive enough to retain your job as long as Ryan has is something that should be applauded from a half glass full point of view.