Matt Ryan and the Indianapolis Colts are heading into their Week 5 matchup with the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football with a 1-2-1 record. They are already going to be without two key players on defense as All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard and defensive end Tyquan Lewis have both been announced out.
That will put a lot of pressure on the offense to score some points, as they have struggled mightily moving the ball this season. The acquisition of Matt Ryan was supposed to elevate the team’s offense, but thus far, he has failed to outperform what Carson Wentz was providing them last season.
Indianapolis currently has the lowest scoring offense in the league as Ryan is getting battered behind an underperforming offensive line. He has been sacked 15 times and fumbled nine, on pace to shatter the record for fumbles in a season.
Despite all of the struggles, Ryan does genuinely believe that the Colts are close to breaking through. The veteran signal-caller believes that a turnaround is coming very soon.
“I think we’re close, I really do,” Ryan said, via Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com. “I continue to go back, the good has been good, it just needs to show up more consistently. But I do think we’re close. When you watch the film, it’s the little things, and I’ve said it, everybody’s taken their turn in that, and that’s the one thing, in this league, you don’t know when it’s gonna be the one play that impacts the game.
“Each play we’ve gotta lock in, one snap at a time. I do think it’s closer than it is far.”
Ryan could be forced into doing a lot of heavy lifting against the Broncos as star running back Jonathan Taylor is questionable for the game. If he cannot go, the veteran will have to step his game up to try and lead the Colts to another underdog victory this season.
This would be as good of a time as any for Ryan and the Colts offense to wake up and start producing. With the defense short-handed, a consistent performance from the offense would go a long way toward the team picking up a win.