The Rams take on the Colts in their first game of the regular season on Sunday. In order to understand the opponent we interviewed Managing Editor of cover32.com/colts, Ben Pfeifer. Thanks to Ben for his contributions to this article.
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The Colts have many notable injuries, namingly quarterback Andrew Luck. Can you provide some analysis of the backups that will see extended time on Sunday?
Ben: “Scott Tolzien has been named the starter for week one during the Colts’ presser today. He will get the bulk of, if not all of the time. The Colts’ just traded for Jacoby Brissett, who will not start week one due to him not knowing the playbook.”
The Rams definitely dodged a bullet with the Luck injury, as he is when of the best quarterbacks in the league when healthy. Additionally, the Colts will be without center Ryan Kelly and cornerback Vontae Davis. These are huge losses across the board for the team, the Colts will be far from their best form on Sunday.
What do you view as the Colts biggest strength/weakness heading into this game?
Ben: “Our biggest weakness will undoubtedly be the quarterback position. This offense will need to figure something out without Luck. The running game will most likely be stifled facing one of the best defensive fronts in football. Conversely, our biggest strength should be the defense uncharacteristically, due to Jared Goff being one of the worst quarterbacks in football.”
Ben clearly believes that Goff will struggle immensely on Sunday, as he is yet to prove himself as the professional level. He believes that this gives the Colts an opportunity to excel defensively, even lacking Davis. Also, Tolzien clearly is not a competent backup given the fact that Ben thinks that the quarterback will hold the Colts back.
What aspects of this Rams teams do you think the Colts may be able to exploit?
Ben: “I believe the Rams are a quarterback away from a playoff spot. I doubt Goff has developed into a capable NFL quarterback, and I think that will hold the Rams back from victory in week one, despite all of their talent. We saw the Jaguars last year have a talented team, but falter under the worst quarterback in the NFL.”
Once again, Ben points out the legitimacy of the Rams outside of Goff. That said, I personally believe Goff has made strides under new coach Sean McVay. The question is how big those strides were and if they will allow the Rams to come out with the win to kick off the season this Sunday.