By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
There is only phrase that succinctly describes last Sunday’s matchup between the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts – Holy Crap!
Kellen Clemens – yeah, the same Kellen Clemens that Bernie Kosar ripped mercilessly on a Cleveland Browns broadcast earlier this season – completed only nine-of-16 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Rams to a 38-8 shellacking of the Colts in Indy. Of course, the two touchdown passes were monsters – 57 yards to Tavon Austin and 81 yards to, you guessed it, Tavon Austin. Clemens had 247 yards passing with 138 of those yards coming on two plays.
Meanwhile, it was a nasty, ugly game for the Colts as Andrew Luck completed 29-of-47 passes for 353 yards, one touchdown and THREE interceptions. Luck also lost a fumble as the same team that beat the Denver Broncos had no answer for the previously 3-6 Rams.
Turnovers and no ground game – Luck was the leading rusher for the Colts carrying four times for 17 yards – cost the Colts big time. Trent Richardson carried five times for two yards as Indy racked up 18 yards on the ground. Ouch! Meanwhile, Luck was sacked three times and made a handful of questionable decisions.
While it was a mediocre-to-bad week for our experts, it was just a terrible week for the Colts. Nobody saw 38-8 coming.
“We got our butts kicked,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano in a terse but otherwise brilliant account of last Sunday’s debacle.
Hopefully, things go better for everyone this week. This week Indy plays in Tennessee and even with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, the Titans might be good enough. At least, if last week was any indication.
Last week Dr. Football went 9-5 (95-52) straight up and 9-5 (68-79) against the spread while The Coach went 7-7 (97-50) straight up and 5-9 (76-71) against the spread.
This week, as always, Dr. Football writes our expert prognostication while The Coach watches SportsCenter and complains.
Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5) Line: Colts by 3.
The Colts were horrible last week embarrassing themselves in St. Louis while the Titans gave the Jaguars their first win of the season. How both teams respond after such disgraceful performances will define each of their season. The advantage goes to Andrew Luck and the Colts; the Titans under Ryan Fitzpatrick have no hope. The Coach says: I didn’t think Kellen Clemens was any good either and look what he did to the Colts. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick might have changed my mind last week.
The Doc: TAKE THE COLTS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE TITANS TO WIN.