Matt Ryan could become the first QB in NFL history to lose to all 32 teams, and here’s how it could happen in 2022
There are 32 teams in the NFL, and in league history no quarterback has ever lost to all of them, but that’s something that could change in 2022.
As Pro Football Talk pointed out, Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is on the verge of setting an NFL record that no QB wants to set. Since his rookie year in 2008, Ryan has lost to 29 of the league’s 32 teams, and there’s a chance that by the end of the 2022 season, he’ll become the first quarterback in NFL history. to lose against all 32 teams.
Even if he doesn’t reach the 32-team mark, Ryan could still set the record. If he just loses to 31 different teams, he would become the first QB in league history to lose to so many different teams. Although there have been seven quarterbacks who have lost to 30 teams, no QB has ever reached the 31-team mark.
So what has to happen for Ryan to set this ugly record? We’ll take a look.
According to Pro Football Reference, there are only three teams Ryan has never suffered a loss against — the Raiders, Jaguars and Falcons — and he will face two of those three teams in the 2022 regular season.
The Colts will be playing Jacksonville in Week 2, and while that seems like a guaranteed win for Indy, I think we can all agree that’s not the case. If we learned one thing from last season, it’s that the Colts are not guaranteed a win when they play in Jacksonville. The Colts have lost seven straight road games to the Jags since 2015. Even if the Colts win in Week 2, the Jags will have another chance to beat Ryan in Week 6.
If the Jags get at least one win, that would put Ryan in a situation where he loses to 30 different teams. At that point, Ryan would break the record if the Colts lost to the Raiders in Week 10. If the Jags and Raiders both beat the Colts, Ryan would become the first QB to lose to 31 different teams.
Ryan could theoretically hit the 32-team mark this season, but things are expected to get a little crazy. To lose to all 32 teams, Ryan would also have to lose a game to the Falcons, which won’t be easy since Atlanta isn’t on Indy’s schedule this year. The only way for both teams to play in 2022 is to face off in the Super Bowl. While the idea of the Falcons making it to the Super Bowl sounds far-fetched, most people thought the same about a Bengals Super Bowl appearance in 2021, and we all know what happened there.
If Ryan played against the Falcons in the Super Bowl and lost, that would give him a loss to every one of the 32 NFL teams. If Ryan only lost to one of the three teams this year, he would have lost to 30 different teams, which would put him on par with Carson Palmer, Brett Favre, Jon Kitna, Alex Smith, Drew Bledsoe, Drew Brees and Matt Hasselbeck . like the quarterbacks who have lost to the most teams.
Derek Carr could also hit the 30-team mark if the Raiders lose to the Saints this year. Carr has lost to a total of 29 different teams, and of the three he has never lost to — the Saints, Panthers and Raiders — New Orleans is the only one he will face this season.
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As for Ryan, while he could become the first QB to lose to all 32 teams, he could also join the short list of quarterbacks who have beaten all 32 teams. There are only three teams Ryan has never beaten – the Falcons, Patriots and Steelers – and the Colts will face two of them in 2022 (New England and Pittsburgh). If he beats the Patriots and Steelers, Ryan could hit the 32-team mark with a win over Atlanta, but for that to happen the Falcons would have to make the Super Bowl.
The good or bad news for Ryan is that even if the Falcons don’t make the Super Bowl, he won’t have to wait long to face them. The Colts are set to face the Falcons in the 2023 regular season, and by the time the game rolls around, a win could make Ryan the fifth QB to beat all 32 teams or a loss could make him the first QB to lose to all of them. 32.
AsTom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre are the only four quarterbacks to beat all 32 teams.