Everyone is already expecting the Indianapolis Colts to steamroll the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon in Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis has won five of their last six games, including two very emotional wins in a row.
The Colts played in one of the biggest games in the history of the team when Peyton Manning returned to town with his undefeated Denver Broncos. Indianapolis dominated in that game and handed Denver their first loss. They had a bye week to think about it then made an epic comeback when they trailed by 18 points in the second half to beat division rival the Houston Texans.
Both games were on Sunday Night Football with a third game in a row on national TV when they played the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football the week prior to the Denver game.
After all of those big games, it’s easy to over look a 3-6 Rams team that have lost three games in a row entering Sunday. It’s been well over a month since the Colts haven’t played in front of a prime time atmosphere. It will be real easy to have a letdown Sunday if the crowd isn’t into the game early.
The Rams bring a ton of heat and have one of the best pass rushes in the league. They sacked Russell Wilson a ton of times on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago as Robert Quinn and Chris Long lead the team with 15 combined sacks. With the Colts’ offensive line struggling to protect Andrew Luck, this game could get ugly quick.
It’s easy to think the Colts will overlook the Rams since they have another prime time game just four days later against another division rival, the Tennessee Titans, on Thursday Night Football.
This is a trap game just like the Chargers game was. If Indianapolis can respond early and put points on the board on the first few possessions they may win in a rout — if not, this game will be intense and Luck could have to lead them on another fourth-quarter comeback victory.
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