Indianapolis Colts: Offensive Line Biggest Key in Deciding Game vs. St. Louis Rams

By Eric Smith
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Indianapolis, IN- The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of two huge victories heading to this weekend’s game against the 3-6 St. Louis Rams. They beat the previously undefeated Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football two weeks ago in a tough battle then made an 18-point comeback in the second half of Sunday’s game at the Houston Texans.

With those two emotional victories, one thing was for certain — the offensive line needs some help.

Andrew Luck and the skill players had to make up for the lack of effort by the offensive line in the second half against the Texans and just will out a win. No one on that line showed up to play. If I had to grade them on a A-F scale they’d get a Z. It was by far the worst effort by a unit in quite some time.

Luck was sacked four times and had pressure all night. At one point of the game he was 6-for-2o as he was hit basically every time he went back to pass. There were times he would take one step back and was getting hit. That can’t happen Sunday against the Rams or this team could very well lose that game.

St. Louis nearly beat the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago as their pass rush took stage. The Rams have one of the best pass rushes in the league as Robert Quinn and Chris Long are a feared duo. They have 15.5 sacks combined with Quinn having 10 himself.

They bring a ton of pressure, and if Indianapolis can’t do a better job Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium than they did last week they could be in some trouble. This game is on the shoulders of the offensive line. If they can give Luck time to throw then Indianapolis should win in a rout; if they don’t then this game will be too close for comfort.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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