The Indianapolis Colts enter Week 4 with a 2-1 record, sitting atop the AFC South. Although it’s only been three weeks, the Colts look better than people expected, and they are already forcing people to shift their expectations. Offensively, things have improved under Shane Steichen, and defensively, Indy is flying around making plays during year two with Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator.
Next up for the Colts is the Los Angeles Rams. Indy will host the 1-2 Rams in Week 4, and based on what we’ve seen so far, this game has a chance to be a defensive showcase for Indianapolis. Simply put, where Los Angeles struggles is where Indy excels. If things unfold how they should, it could be a long day for the Rams.
Colts matchup well with Rams ahead of Week 4 game
In Week 1, Los Angeles defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-13. However, Seattle has one of the worst pass defenses in the league so far this year. In Week 2, the Rams lost to the San Francisco 49ers 30-23. They followed that up with a 19-16 Monday Night Football loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
While the Rams have been more competitive than people anticipated to start the year, the primetime game allowed everyone to see that they have a major weakness. That weakness is the offensive line. Between injuries and poor performances, Matthew Stafford was under constant pressure, and LA also didn’t run the ball.
Against the Bengals, Stafford was sacked six times. Additionally, the Rams only had 10 running back runs on Monday. If that same Rams team shows up to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, the Colts will have a chance to have a dominant outing.
Currently, the Colts have 12 sacks through three games, the second-most in the NFL. They’ve been able to get after the quarterback while just rushing four defensive linemen. Indy should be able to make Matthew Stafford uncomfortable on Sunday. However, Indy’s secondary has been a weakness so far, so they’ll certainly need to tighten up, and give the defensive line time to get to the QB. Unless the secondary is picked apart, the pass rush should be able to secure the Colts another win on Sunday.