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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/10/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




INDIANAPOLIS (8 - 8) at LA RAMS (4 - 12)
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Week 1 Sunday, 9/10/2017 4:05 PM
Board OpenLatest
472LA RAMS48-4.5
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-8+0.57-89-725.712.7364.4(5.9)1.424.512.9382.9(6.2)1.1
Road Games4-4+2.64-37-129.415.5366.1(5.8)1.223.910.5359.0(5.8)1.2
Last 3 Games2-1+1.71-21-227.712.3395.3(6.4)1.719.714.0403.7(6.4)1.7
Grass Games2-4-0.12-36-026.712.2349.5(5.6)1.529.212.5390.0(6)0.7
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.712.721.930:5226-102(4)23-3663.4%263(7.2)62-364(5.9)(14.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.811.519.630:0426-105(4.1)22-3562.1%235(6.6)61-340(5.6)(14.9)
Offense Road Games29.415.522.932:3329-113(3.9)23-3466.2%253(7.4)64-366(5.8)(12.5)
Defense (All Games)24.512.922.129:3326-120(4.7)24-3664.9%262(7.2)62-383(6.2)(15.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.71119.830:1926-107(4.2)22-3661.8%235(6.5)62-342(5.5)(15.8)
Defense Road Games23.910.523.028:1824-118(4.9)23-3762.0%240(6.5)61-359(5.8)(15)
INDIANAPOLIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-541.5%0-037.5%2-52(21.2)1-9(8.2)8-72
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-539.1%1-045.9%2-45(21.3)18-2(8.8)7-60
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-543.2%0-050.0%3-58(22.3)1-10(9.3)7-66

LA RAMS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-12-5.34-107-914.07.7262.7(4.6)1.824.612.4337.0(5.4)1.1
Home Games1-6-5.61-54-312.76.6258.0(4.5)
Last 3 Games0-3-3.20-32-110.07.7161.0(3.1)1.730.011.0322.0(5.1)1.7
Grass Games2-8-6.62-75-513.67.3265.6(4.5)2.324.511.4307.2(4.9)1.0
LA RAMS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)14.07.715.329:2123-78(3.3)19-3358.2%184(5.5)57-263(4.6)(18.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.511.920.431:4027-111(4.1)22-3563.3%242(6.9)62-353(5.7)(15.1)
Offense Home Games12.76.616.130:5625-83(3.4)19-3358.4%175(5.3)58-258(4.5)(20.3)
Defense (All Games)24.612.420.230:3926-104(3.9)24-3664.8%233(6.4)63-337(5.4)(13.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.511.920.530:5326-111(4.2)22-3562.5%243(6.9)62-354(5.7)(15.1)
Defense Home Games24.010.017.729:0425-91(3.7)21-3362.4%202(6)58-293(5)(12.2)
LA RAMS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-537.3%1-185.7%1-27(19.5)2-9(4.3)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.4 13-540.1%1-054.0%2-45(21.5)15-2(8)6-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-430.9%0-066.7%1-27(18.9)1-5(3.8)7-69
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 18.4,  LA RAMS 21.2
INDIANAPOLIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017@ LA RAMS            
10/1/2017@ SEATTLE            
10/8/2017SAN FRANCISCO            

LA RAMS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/21/2017@ SAN FRANCISCO            
10/1/2017@ DALLAS            
INDIANAPOLIS: QB Andrew Luck has the tools to be an MVP, but still holds on to the ball too long and doesn't have a great supporting cast. WR T.Y. Hilton has become a more complete player and is a lethal deep threat, while WRs Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett have work to do. 34-year-old RB Frank Gore is almost running on empty, but Indy is devoid of better options in the backfield. The young offensive line needs to take a step forward this year. New general manager Chris Ballard went on a front-seven shopping spree in free agency, loading up on underachieving and underused talent (e.g. OLBs Jabaal Sheard, Barkevious Mingo and John Simon). Last year's 30th-ranked defense also added former Giants run-stuffer DT Johnathan Hankins. Indy drafted DBs in the first two rounds, playmaking S Malik Hooker and physical CB Quincy Wilson, who are tabbed for starting roles.
LA RAMS: QB Jared Goff's rookie season was a disaster, but help is on the way. New head coach Sean McVay ran an excellently-designed offense in Washington, and L.A. made a huge upgrade at OT with the signing of longtime Bengal Andrew Whitworth. Goff has little talent to worth with, however, as WR Robert Woods might be his No. 1 target. RB Todd Gurley was a huge disappointment last season, but should benefit from improved O-line play. New coordinator Wade Phillips, one of the all-time greats in that role, has a talented front seven to work with. All-Pro DL Aaron Donald is an aggressive gameplan-wrecker, and Robert Quinn is as quick as any edge-rusher. LB Alec Ogletree and hybrid DB/LB Mark Barron both cover a ton of ground, but need work on diagnosing and reacting to plays. The secondary is full of question marks beyond CB Trumaine Johnson.
Rams, Colts lack key players for opener

The Los Angeles Rams welcome the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the season opener at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with both teams cursing their misfortune.

For the Rams, a summer without defensive tackle Aaron Donald, one the NFL's top defensive players, has turned into a regular season with his absence continuing. A contract dispute between the parties lingers.

The Colts' season starts minus Andrew Luck, their star quarterback. A sore right shoulder that derailed his preseason will have him idle Sunday.

When either player will return is anyone's guess. What is clear is that the Rams, under new coach Sean McVay, are looking for improvement on last year's 4-12 record. It was their 12th consecutive losing season.

The Colts, playing in their first game in L.A. since 1991, look to rebound as well from an 8-8 mark that put coach Chuck Pagano on the hot seat. Pagano survived to enter his sixth season. Now he has to see if his team can stand tall without Luck.

Indianapolis will be without more than Luck. Center Ryan Kelly (foot) is out, and Vontae Davis (groin) the Colts' best defensive back, is down, too.

The Rams hope quarterback Jared Goff begins to reach expectations this season. Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, went 0-7 last season and showed little development.

Even so, he is back under center and taking aim at an Indianapolis secondary, hoping year two, with an offensive-minded McVay orchestrating the plays, aids his advancement.

Goff threw for nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year.

The receiving corps got a boost with the addition of Sammy Watkins. He was acquired from the Buffalo Bills as the Rams attempt to build around Goff by supplying him with some weapons.

Watkins is a compelling complement to the versatile Tavon Austin. Austin accounted for 1,037 total yards and four touchdowns catching, rushing and returning the ball.

Austin was slowed by a hamstring during camp, but he appeared fit of late.

"He looks explosive, and he looks like the Tavon Austin that we're accustomed to seeing," McVay said.

Unlike Rams receivers Robert Woods, Watkins and Cooper Kupp, Austin also will be used out of the backfield.

"He knows how much we are going to need him," Goff said, "and how much he going to make a difference."

If Todd Gurley can supply the rushing yards, Goff's chances improve. Gurley is another Ram eager to wash away last year, and against a suspect Colts defense, he could roll.

Gurley rushed for 885 yards and six touchdowns last year.

If the Rams stall on offense, there are worse options than turning to Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker. He had the most punts inside the 20-yard line (46) in NFL history last season. Hekker also broke his NFL single-season net punting average (46.0 yards).

Indianapolis's quarterback will be Scott Tolzien, who will make his fourth career start. Like Goff, he is looking for his first NFL win.

Tolzien, a four-year pro, doesn't have a particularly big arm, but he is accurate and smart enough to run the Colts in Luck's stead. What he doesn't have is the ability to throw for 4,240 passing yards and 31 touchdowns, as Luck did last year.

"He's done a great job through spring and training camp of taking control of our offense," tight end Jack Doyle said.

T.Y. Hilton gives Tolzein an inviting target after he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) last year.

Tolzien would love to lean on a running game to set up his play-action opportunities. He will look to ageless Frank Gore, after he gave Indianapolis its first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai in 2007.

Veteran coordinator Wade Phillips, in his 39th NFL season, is newly in charge of the Rams' defense, which was ranked No. 9 last year. He switched it to a 3-4 alignment, but it may have problems minus the imposing Donald plugging holes.

Phillips is also eager to see how outside linebackers Robert Quinn and Mark Barron fit into the scheme. Neither played in the preseason.

The Rams own a 23-18-2 all-time record against the Colts and won the most recent meeting handily, 38-8 in 2013.

Last Updated: 7/17/2018 2:23:38 PM EST

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