After beating the Bears on Sunday night football, the Rams will travel to Indianapolis to face Carson Wentz and the Colts. If you’d like to read my breakdown of what I saw in the Bears game you can find that here. Today I’ll be breaking down the Rams vs Colts game next Sunday, and some matchups within the game to watch. 

Offense

Let’s start with both offenses. Both teams made moves for a new QB this offseason, and both teams had changes in personnel. 

The Colts‘ offense looks virtually the same as last year with one of the league’s best O-Lines. Running behind it will be a deep group of running backs, headlined by Johnathan Taylor. The Rams struggled against the run versus the Bears, so it’ll be interesting to see how they contain the Colts run game. 

The Colts’ passing game isn’t as strong, with TY Hilton on IR and their best receiver on Sunday being Johnathan Taylor. I’d expect them to run more similarly to the Bears and exploit the Rams’ weakness. The Rams secondary should also be able to contain the WRs so they’ll likely lean on Taylor & Hines more.

The Rams offense should be passing more against a Colts secondary that gave up 4 passing TDs to the Seahawks. The Seahawks were running a version of the Rams scheme due to Shane Waldron being their play-caller, so the Colts should have some problems containing the passing game. The run game on the other hand was struggling a bit with only 74 total yards. The Colts have a decent overall defense, so it’ll be interesting to watch how McVay schemes it up. I’d imagine they go with a more balanced attack, and try and exploit the weak secondary. 

Defense

Now let’s talk about both defenses. The Rams last season finished #1 in overall defense and the Colts finished #8. This season so far, the Rams are #10 in yards given up while the Colts are at #15. This year, the Rams rank 23rd in rushing yards given up and 8th in passing yards, while the Colts are 25th and 13th respectively. Both teams aren’t strong against the run even though they both have great players in the trenches. A good matchup to watch will be Aaron Donald vs the Colts’ O-Line, and the Rams front 7 vs the Colts’ RBs. I’d expect Jalen Ramsey to stay in his hybrid role for this game, as there’s no big threat at receiver for him to cover. 

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey reacts after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Prediction

Overall, I think this game will play out similar to the Bears game. The Rams have the best chance at winning they hold Taylor to under 100 yards. The Colts can win by applying pressure early, and their secondary playing well. My score prediction is 28-14 Rams due to them having the better team overall. The Colts defense is a bit better than the Bears, but built very similarly, so I think Stafford and co. should have no problem going 2-0.

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