Atlanta’s Matt Ryan is the best quarterback in the National Football League -- at least in two categories.
ESPN Stats & Information just shipped over a packet of stuff that has Ryan sitting pretty. He is leading the league in red-zone and goal-to-go passing.
In the red zone, Ryan has a 127.9 passer rating while completing 9 of 13 passes (69.2 percent) with four touchdowns and no interceptions. New Orleans’ Drew Brees ranks third in that category with a 121.2 passer rating.
After that, there’s a sharp drop for NFC South quarterbacks in red-zone passing. Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman is No. 25 with a 60.0 passer rating. Carolina’s Jimmy Clausen is No. 30 with a 45.8 rating and teammate Matt Moore is No. 31 with a 41.4 rating.
Ryan and Brees also rank near the top in goal-to-go passing situations. Ryan leads the league with a 126.4 rating in those situations and Brees is third at 121.5. Freeman has held up well in this category. He’s tied for fifth place with Tom Brady with a 109.7 rating. You don't even want to know about the Carolina guys.