The Colts have a tough one in their opener. They play the Chargers in L.A. Who will win in this week one matchup of playoff teams from a year ago?
The Colts open their first regular season game of the post-Andrew Luck era with a game against the Chargers in L.A. Both teams made the playoffs a year ago, and at least one of these team should be back there again this year.
This is a learning game for the Colts. This is a game where they can find out what their limitations are on offense and how to get around them. With Jacoby Brissett taking over, he won’t be able to do as much in the passing game as Luck. This what they will learn in week one.
That learning curve is one of the keys to this game. Brissett’s ability to get the ball down the field is paramount for the Colts’ success. If he can do so, they have a good chance to win this game. If he can’t there’s a good chance they don’t. It’s as simple as that.
On defense, the Colts will likely play better than a lot of people expect them to. Most people think that Phillip Rivers will be able to have his way and lead the Chargers to an easy win. I don’t think that will be as easy as people think it will be.
Game Predictions: Chargers 14 Colts 10
Unfortunately, I see the Colts offense stalling on several drives. They will use this game as a learning experience to tailor their offense to their strengths afterwards. But for this one, they aren’t able to do enough. The defense plays well though and shows they’re even better than last year.
I really hope I’m wrong about this, but this just seems like a tough opener. It would have been tough with Luck still on the team too. But now, it’s too hard to overcome.