What should we make of Matt Ryan’s first game with the Colts?

Sep 11, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks to the sidelines against the Houston Texans at the end of the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks to the sidelines against the Houston Texans at the end of the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Matt Ryan has officially played a game as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and his performance has brought mixed reviews.

On Sunday, Matt Ryan’s long-awaited debut for the Indianapolis Colts finally came in a Week 1 game against the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, the outcome of the game wasn’t the one Ryan was hoping for as Indy played to a 20-20 tie. But, that’s ultimately just one game. What really matters is how Ryan looked in the game.

The trade for Ryan was one of the biggest moves of the offseason for the Colts. He was viewed as a quarterback that can help a talented roster finally get over the hump and become a serious contender. All throughout the offseason, Ryan received rave reviews from people in the organization and Sunday was Ryan’s chance to show the world that Indy had the right guy.

Despite Indianapolis not winning, Ryan completed 32-of-50 passes for 352 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Probably a bigger workload than many were anticipating against the Texans but Ryan was prepared when called on. However, not everyone was pleased with his performance.

Matt Ryan and the Colts have to bounce back

It’s hard to understand anyone that’s overly critical of Ryan’s Week 1 performance because he played a solid game. He did have the one interception that was a really good play by the defense and three botched snaps that were unreasonable, especially for a quarterback with his experience, but overall, it’s hard to pick apart Ryan’s first game.

He was accurate, on time, and was consistently finding his receivers when they were open. Ryan also scrambled and ran to pick up yards when needed. If anything, it was the wideouts who failed him, dropping two accurate touchdown passes. If those two balls are caught, the game would’ve been completely different.

Ultimately, the Colts and fans should be encouraged by what they saw from Matt Ryan. He remained poised and confident, even when Indianapolis was struggling, and his play helped Indy get back into the game. If Ryan can keep stacking games like the one he played on Sunday, the Colts will win way more games this season than they lose.