Colts QB Matt Ryan Has A Chance For Huge Milestone In Week 1

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The Indianapolis Colts are projected by many people to handle business rather easily in Week 1. They will be heading on the road to face off with their AFC South rivals, the Houston Texans, who are in the early stages of a rebuild.

The Colts are sizable favorites as they are -400 on the moneyline with a spread of -8. While there may not be much to get excited about for the casual fan, anyone who turns in could see a historic milestone reached.

Quarterback Matt Ryan spent the first 14 seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons putting up some remarkable statistics. He was acquired by the Colts this offseason in exchange for a third-round pick and the franchise has some high hopes for him.

In Week 1, he will have a chance to reach an impressive milestone that only one other player has achieved. If Ryan throws for 265 yards, he would reach the 60,000-yard plateau for his career. There have been seven players to reach that total in their career; Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers and Dan Marino.

However, only Brees would have reached that mark faster than Ryan. If Ryan reaches 265 yards this week, it will have taken 223 games; Brees was able to throw for 60,000 yards in 215 games.

That would be quite a feat for Ryan, who led some prolific offenses during his time with the Falcons. He took full advantage of having Future Hall of Famers in tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Julio Jones to throw the ball to along with very good players such as Roddy White and more recently Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts.

To produce in the fashion that Ryan has takes a perfect storm of factors to achieve. He was able to make the most of the opportunities that were presented to him and turned into one of the most productive passers in NFL history.