TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
Weather: High 51, Low 32
Line: Indianapolis (-9.5)
Losing more often than not, the St. Louis Rams are not the team they were expected to be at the beginning of the 2013 season. While it looked like the Rams could contend for the division title, they are now in last place with a mediocre 3-6 record. Sam Bradford began the season as the team’s young quarterback looking for a breakout year and it was almost expected, but an ACL injury has ended his year and it looks like the pass game could be non-existent with Kellen Clemens behind center. Tight end Jared Cook remains the leading receiver thanks to a huge start to the season, but has been unpredictable lately; he has accounted for 411 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Running back Zac Stacy has been a pleasant surprise with 475 yards and two touchdowns on the year.
The Indianapolis Colts are starting to look like a team that can contend for a Super Bowl this season. As the only team in recent memory to take on three of the top-10 teams in the NFL, the Colts are a team to beat in the AFC. The 6-2 Colts are led by Andrew Luck who has done nothing but win games since entering the league a year ago. Luck has passed for 1,845 yard and 13 touchdowns this season for the 20th-ranked passing offense. He could be the best second-year quarterback in the league this season. With Reggie Wayne out for the season, T.Y. Hilton looks to be the top target for Luck, catching 34 passes for 533 yards and five touchdowns on the season. In the run game, Trent Richardson has struggled ever since being traded to Indianapolis, accounting for 248 yards and two touchdowns on just a three yards per carry average.
Defensively, the Rams rank 20th in the league in points allowed per game. Where the defense has struggled the most is the run game, ranking 28th and allowing 125.2 yards per game — good news for Richardson. Indianapolis allows the seventh-least amount of points per game while also struggling in the run game, ranking 27th in rush yards allowed — good news for Stacy.
PREDICTION: Rams 14, Colts 28