3 Week 1 scenarios that would be a nightmare for the Colts

Aug 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass to warm up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass to warm up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports /
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Houston Texans defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (93) tackles Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Houston Texans defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (93) tackles Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

2. Colts lose to the Texans

Going back to 2012, or the last 10 seasons, the Colts are 1-9 in Week 1 games. Their lone win in Week 1 over the last 10 seasons came against the then Oakland Raiders in 2013. Since then, they have lost to the likes of the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals before Joe Burrow, and their AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars.

During this stretch, the Colts have featured four different starting quarterbacks with Matt Ryan now being the fifth. He will also be the fifth different starting quarterback in the last 5 seasons. Hopefully, Ryan will be the saving grace and break the streak of losing on Week 1 for eight straight seasons.

However, if Ryan isn’t enough to break the curse Indianapolis could be looking at a major setback early in the season. Losing to the Texans would continue to perpetuate the theme that Indy takes a while to get going and can’t start the season hot. Look at last season for example, where it took us three weeks to get our barrings and finally win a game. What is promising about this season is that the front office and Reich have talked about not wanting to get off to a slow start.

If this does happen a lot of questions will be raised. This could also prompt the team to make some drastic changes early on. Did the loss occur because we don’t have a deep enough receiving core? Maybe that forces Chris Ballard to trade for a receiver or sign one of the remaining free agents. Did the loss occur because we didn’t get enough pressure on defense? Maybe that forces the Colts to sign more depth at the defensive line causing other players to lose a roster spot.

There is a decent amount of pressure on Indianapolis to be a championship team early on and the front office could be forced into some moves that will help in the short-term but set them back long-term. Also, losing to a division rival early in the season makes it an uphill climb to win the division and a playoff spot. Houston isn’t a good team and the Colts should win handily. If they don’t a lot of questions will be raised and a lot of people will be on the hot seat creating a nightmare scenario to start the 2022 season.

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