After two heart breaking losses, the St. Louis Rams (3-6) will travel to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts (6-2). The Rams have played their past two opponents extremely close, but have failed to score on their final drives. The Colts will be a tall order, as the Rams will not have home field advantage like they did the past two games.
Kellen Clemens has performed well as a backup, but his early mistakes have come back to haunt the team. It doesn’t all necessarily fall on Clemens; his young receivers continue to drop the ball. The good news is the Rams have finally found and solidified their running game. Rookie running back Zac Stacy has been a constant threat ever since he was given the starting role. He had his best game of the season against the Tennessee Titans carrying the ball for 127 yards, two touchdowns and caught the ball six times for 51 yards.
Fortunately for the St. Louis Rams, the Colts are just as bad as them in defending the run. The Colts defense gives up an average of 124.9 yards per game to their opponents. Look for the Rams to give Stacy a lot of touches against the Colts front seven. If the running game is successful, it will open up an opportunity for Clemens to get a passing game going as well.
Even though the Colts have the 22nd ranked defense in the league, they have something the Rams lack, an elite quarterback. If the Rams put up points against the Colts defense, Andrew Luck has shown he can lead a comeback. Last week Luck led his Colts to their 10th game winning drive in his short career against their divisional rivals, the Houston Texans. The Rams secondary has been suspect at best; Luck will easily pick apart the defense.
There are a few things the Rams will need to do to pull out a miracle. First, the defense needs to keep the game close like they’ve been doing the past two weeks. They haven’t been a dominant defense, but they keep the Rams offense wit in striking distance late in the game. The front four need to keep putting pressure on Andrew luck and make him uncomfortable. This will help relieve the Rams struggling secondary.
Kellen Clemens also needs to avoid mistakes early on that can cost them the game. Clemens has shown he has a grasp of the offense and even added more mobility then Sam Bradford. Stacy needs to avoid getting injured and continue his production. If he is able to get going early on, the Rams receivers need to step up in a huge way. They have dropped far too many balls. It won’t be an easy task for the Rams. Indianapolis will look to set the tone early and rack up another W for their win column.