Colts vs. Rams Odds & NFL Betting Predictions For Week 2: Why We’re Betting This Tyler Higbee Prop
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images. Pictured: Rams TE Tyler Higbee
|Colts Odds||+3.5 (-105)|
|Rams Odds||-3.5 (-115)|
|Time||1 p.m. ET|
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In a game featuring two quarterbacks still getting a feel for their new teams, the Rams take on the Colts on Sunday.
New Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford shined in his debut — throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns on only 26 attempts — in a 34-14 blowout of the Bears.
Wentz was more of a mixed bag with a pedestrian 6.6 yards per attempt in his first game in a Colts uniform. Indianapolis was competitive with Seattle for much of the game before ultimately losing 28-16.
The Rams are looking to build on a great Week 1 performance and grab some momentum in the loaded NFC West, which features four 1-0 teams at the moment.
The Colts struggled with injuries to key players this preseason and will likely improve as the roster becomes more healthy.
Rams Will Rely Heavily On Stafford
Without Darrell Henderson, the Rams did most of their damage through the air last week, running for only 74 yards.
Stafford locked in heavily on Cooper Kupp, targeting him 10 times (38% of his throws). With this game projected to be closer than last week’s matchup, expect even more passing from Stafford and the Rams.
The Rams defense could be dominant too. Led by all-world defensive lineman Aaron Donald and a top-10 secondary, they’ll be a problem for opposing offenses all season. The Rams defense combined to sack Andy Dalton three times in Week 1 and added two takeaways.
Colts Desperate For O-Line Improvement
The Colts’ best shot at winning this one is on the ground.
With T.Y. Hilton on injured reserve, the Colts’ passing attack struggled in Week 1, as both of their leaders in receiving yards were running backs. Wentz — whose mobility was limited by a preseason foot injury — also took three sacks last week against the Seahawks.
With starting left guard Quenton Nelson and right tackle Braden Smith both missing practice on Monday, this offensive line will be in big trouble if they aren’t at full strength.
Indy is hoping last season’s top-10 defense will return this week. They allowed Seattle to put up 28 points and will struggle to keep pace if the Rams get to that number.
I’m expecting the Rams offense to rule the day this week. Stafford already seems to have good chemistry with Kupp and tight end Tyler Higbee, with the latter seeing targets on six of Stafford’s 26 throws (23%).
If that share of the work continues to flow his way and Stafford throws five to 10 more passes, Higbee should blow past his receptions prop.
I’d bet it this down to -170.
Pick: Tyler Higbee Over 3.5 Receptions (-158) at FanDuel