For the second time in three weeks, the Indianapolis Colts will face the top ranked passing offense entering their game. The last time two weeks ago on the road in Foxboro, Massachusetts against the New England Patriots, the Colts gave up 331 yards and three touchdowns through the air against Tom Brady and struggled to defend the middle of the field. The reason for that was a lack of pass rush as Brady wasn’t touched much and given all the time in the world. He was not sacked one time.
Last week, the Colts got better pressure on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as he was sacked and intercepted once each. The pass rush forced Fitzpatrick to get rid of the ball quicker than he wanted to and he completed only 17 of his 33 passes. The Colts will need more of that kind of effort Sunday in Ford Field against the Detroit Lions or it could be a similar result to what happened in New England.
Matthew Stafford threw for 441 yards and two touchdowns in their overtime home loss on Thanksgiving day to the Houston Texans. Don’t let the Lions’ 4-7 record fool you as they’re very impressive on offense and can hit the home run at any given moment. Stafford threw for 595 yards and four touchdowns the two weeks prior to the Houston loss and has given the Lions the topped ranked passing attack in the NFL right now.
Even though the Lions have lost the last three games and four of the last six, they’re certainly capable of hitting multiple home runs against the Colts on Sunday. If Indianapolis wants to prove they should be taken seriously in the playoffs and make a run, they have to show up Sunday. They have a terrific chance to prove what they can do and that they’ve improved on their mistakes committed against the Patriots two weeks ago.
The Lions don’t rush the ball well and struggle to stop the run. Indianapolis needs to shut down Calvin Johnson and get pressure on Stafford and they can win this game. If they fail to bring pressure and allow Stafford time they will score early and often. Putting Andrew Luck in a shootout hasn’t been the best scenarios for the Colts this season and more than likely they will lose. It’s all going to come down to secondary play on Sunday.