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With Luck Out, Can Indianapolis Colts Get Road Win Against Rebuilding Los Angeles Rams in Week 1?
With starting quarterback Andrew Luck out for their regular season opener, the Indianapolis Colts will look to get the road win behind backup Scott Tolzien when they visit the rebuilding Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Even without their franchise signal-caller under center, the Colts are looking to beat a Rams team that is in all-out rebuilding mode heading into the 2017 season.
The NFL Week 1 betting odds favor the Rams by 3.5-points to beat the Colts. Both playoff longshots will take to the gridiron at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4:05 PM ET while airing live on CBS. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this matchup.
Indianapolis Colts Vs Los Angeles Rams NFL Week 1 Odds & Expert Pick
Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4:05 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Stream: CBS Sports
NFL Odds: Los Angeles -3.5
Why Bet the Indianapolis Colts Odds at +3.5
Indianapolis went 2-2 in the preseason by beating Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in Weeks 3 and 4 after losing to Detroit and Dallas in their first two scrimmage games. Now, without Luck under center, Indianapolis has gone from a 3-point road favorite to a 3.5-point road dog. Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard says there is no timetable for Luck’s return.
"Still no timetable," Ballard said about Luck practicing. "He’s in the training phase right now. He’s done excellent in his rehab, and we’re still continuing to take it week to week."
Indianapolis went 8-8 last season and ranked a solid eighth in scoring (25.7 ppg) but discouraging 22nd in points allowed (24.5 ppg) to miss the playoffs for the second straight season. To address their needs, the Colts drafted safety Malik Hooker in the first round and cornerback
Quincy Wilson in the second round while adding linebackers Jabaal Sheard and John Simon in free agency.
In six NFL seasons, Scott Tolzien is 0-2-1 as a starter and has thrown seven interceptions and two touchdowns. However, the former University of Wisconsin quarterback insists the extra snaps he’s taken this spring and summer have given him an increased boost of confidence.
"He understands what the circumstances are, we all do," coach Chuck Pagano said. "All Scott needs to worry about is good communication, good identification, get us in the right play, accuracy, make great decisions, protect the ball in the pocket, keep two hands on it and you can’t worry about who’s trotting out there. He just needs to focus on playing fundamental football."
Why Bet the Los Angeles Rams Odds at -3.5
Los Angeles went 2-2 in the scrimmage season by beating the Cowboys and Raiders in Weeks 1 and 2 before losing to the Chargers and Packers in Weeks 3 and 4.
After winning four games last season and ranking dead last in scoring (14.0 ppg) and 23rd in points allowed (24.6 ppg) Los Angeles clearly has nowhere to go but up. Los Angeles hired a new head coach and the youngest in league history by naming Scott McVay their new leader moving forward.
To address their needs, the Rams signed veteran defensive end Connor Barwin, running back Lance Dunbar and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods while drafting tight end Gerald Everett in the second round and wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the third round. L.A. is hoping for some serious improvement from second-year quarterback Jared Goff after he struggled mightily last season.
Indianapolis Colts Vs Los Angeles Rams NFL Week 1 Free Pick
The Los Angeles Rams have a great opportunity to get a win in Week 1 and I believe they’re going to get it done behind their new-look offense. While the Colts have gone 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, Indianapolis is also 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in the month of September and a nearly winless 1-8 ATS in their last 9 regular season openers. Forget about the Rams’ dismal ATS trends and just now the favorite in this series is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Pick: Los Angeles Rams -3.5