​Matty Ice got iced in the first game of the 2018 season.


The odds were in the Atlanta Falcons favor when facing off against a Philadelphia Eagles team without Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery. ​The Falcons had every opportunity to win the game, and they blew it. A lot of the blame can fall directly on the shoulders of quarterback Matt Ryan, who just got a monster five-year, $150 million contract. 


He didn't exactly play up to the deal in his first game. Ryan threw completed just 48.8 percent of his passes for 251 yards and one interception, which totaled out to a 57.4 passer rating. Not to mention the four sacks -- a few of which were terrible on his part -- he took during the game.

Ryan's passes were not on the money, as he couldn't hit his targets in the red zone. One resulted in an interception early on in the fourth quarter on an underthrown pass to Julio Jones. The second, as we all saw, came on the final play of the game, where he overthrew Jones on the exact same play they called in the playoffs last season.

How bad has the Ryan-to-Jones connection been recently? Well, in the last two seasons, Ryan has completed one pass out of 20 ATTEMPTS to Jones in the end zone.

​​Ryan looked like this generation's next great quarterback in 2016, which culminated with him winning the league MVP. Then offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left for the head coaching job in San Francisco, and Ryan has not been able to match the greatness we saw two years ago. 


Just look at his last two seasons with and without Shanahan calling plays:


2016: 373-of-534, 4,944 yards, 38 TDs, 7 INTs, 117.1 passer rating


2017: 342-of-529, 4,095 yards, 20 TDs, 12 INTs, 91.4 passer rating


Look, there's still plenty of season left for Ryan to bounce back. But with the hefty sum invested in him, he's gotta step up, and fast.​