This week, the St. Louis Rams take on the NFC West-killers, the Indianapolis Colts. So far, both the ‘Hawks and 49ers have fallen prey to Andrew Luck, albeit in close, semi-exciting fashion. However, outside of fans in Indianapolis and St. Louis, few are likely to tune into see this particular matchup on Sunday. So, in order to get some more information on this week’s opponent, Ramblin’ Fan went behind enemy lines and spoke with Jeremy Nicholas, editor of the Indianapolis Colts fan blog, NaptownsFinest.com. Here is our five question Q&A! Make sure to head over and check our some of our answers as well…
1) Andrew Luck has had the luxury of playing with a Hall-of-Fame wide receiver in Reggie Wayne since his inception into the league. Who will Luck response the rest of the season with his favorite target out for the year?
Darrius Heyward-Bey may have been the obvious player to step into Reggie’s role, but he has been hampered by injuries. That said, T.Y. Hilton stepped his game up, and could be Luck’s top target for the rest of the season.
2) Plenty of noise was made about the Trent Richardson trade at the start of the season. However, since dawning a Colts’ jersey, the former Top 5 pick has yet to “break out.” What are you seeing from Richardson thus far?
Richardson hasn’t done much for the Colts in the running game, but they haven’t put him in very good situations. Richardson has mainly ran a sweep play, or simply up the gut. At times, he’s shown flashes of brilliance, but it’s been slow so far. I still think the trade was necessary, and will be worth it.
3) No one has been able to stop the St. Louis Rams defensive line this season, especially Robert Quinn, who is currently graded as the top passer rusher in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. How will the Colts keep Luck upright on Sunday?
I doubt Luck will remain upright on Sunday. The Indianapolis offensive line has been offensive, and Andrew is constantly on the run. Still, Luck is like a fullback at the quarterback position, and he is surprisingly elusive.
4) What one player should the Rams be worried about on Sunday?
Robert Mathis. Kellen Clemens might not finish the game on Sunday. Mathis (Who was named AFC defensive player of the month for October) is playing like he’s on fire. Mathis has 11.5 sacks already this season. If he keeps up this pace in 2013, he will win defensive player of the year.
5) What is your prediction for Sunday’s game?
Colts 30, Rams 9