The Indianapolis Colts travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in the first NFL game in Memorial Coliseum since 1979. Both teams will be without their best player as quarterback Andrew Luck is still rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery and defensive tackle Aaron Donald will be inactive after a holdout for a new contract.
The Colts injury list includes five players that will be out today: QB Andrew Luck (shoulder), WR Chester Rogers (hamstring), C Ryan Kelly (foot), C/G Ian Silberman (back), CB Vontae Davis (groin).
The Rams included no one on their injury list for the game but there are two players that might be on a pitch count. Turf Show Times reported that OLB Robert Quinn and ILB Mark Barron may have a reduced workload. It would be to the Colts benefit if both Quinn and Barron were used lightly.
Second-year quarterback Jared Goff and the offensive staff for the Rams will be looking at something completely different from the Colts defense. All 11 positions for the Colts will have new faces from 2016 for much of the game. The defensive style could even change with a more opportunistic perspective and an emphasis on creating turnovers. The tremendous roster turnover could bode well for the debut of Goff’s second season or the opportunistic style could give him nightmares.
On the other side of the ball, the Colts will rely on veteran backup Scott Tolzien to run an offense that will include three offensive linemen without a great deal of experience at their respective positions. Jeremy Vujnovich and undrafted rookie Deyshawn Bond will be getting their first NFL starts at left guard an center, respectively. Right tackle Denzelle Good went through the 2016 season as a guard and hasn’t had the opportunity to kick back outside since his rookie season of 2015.
The Rams are known to be a very stingy defense on the ground and have a more suspect secondary. This could be a good match-up from their perspective given that the Colts might need to rely on the ground a bit more to get anything going and Tolzien is suspect himself.
It is quite likely this game will come down to mistakes and big plays. Whichever team makes the fewest mistakes, or whichever team forces the other team to make the most mistakes, will be the likely winner. Similarly, whichever creates a big play at a key moment will be much more likely to win — we’re looking at you Marlon Mack.
4:05 PM ET on Sunday, September 10, 2017
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — Los Angeles, CA
CBS — Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (sideline)
WFNI (107.5FM/1070 The Fan) and WLHK (Country 97.1 Hank FM) — Bob Lamey, Jim Sorgi, Matt Taylor (sideline)
ESPN Radio — Marc Kestecher, Herm Edwards
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Ron Torbert. He is in his eighth year of NFL officiating. Out of 17 officiating crews in 2016, Torbert’s crew averaged the 12th-fewest penalties in the league (14.9).