Cardinals vs. Colts ATS Picks
By Mike Rose
So the Indianapolis Colts got their tails whipped so badly last week that head coach Chuck Pagano forgot who they actually played in his postgame presser. Talk about getting your bell rung! The Arizona Cardinals looked to be well on their way towards winning their season opener in Detroit, but then Matthew Stafford once again rose up from the ashes with another brilliant fourth quarter performance. Each of these teams are still licking their wounds heading into Sunday’s Week 2 clash.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date and Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Week 2 Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Cardinals -7, O/U 44.5
Cardinals vs. Colts TV Coverage: FOX
You can’t help but feel for the Cardinals right now. David Johnson was pretty much the unanimous No. 1 draft pick in fantasy league across the globe. Unfortunately, the multifaceted running back is going to miss a bulk of the season due to a dislocated left wrist suffered late in the third quarter at Detroit. His absence is detrimental to a Cardinals attack that’s gotten much longer in the tooth over the last few seasons.
Once he departed the game, the Cardinals offense went back into its shell. It took 26 unanswered points by the Lions offense and defense before Arizona found the end zone again. By then, the game was well in hand. Detroit went on to win 35-23 and covered the 2.5-point spread much to the dismay of those with Arizona tickets in hand. The defeat moved Bruce Arians’ squad to 2-5 straight up and against the spread in its last seven road games.
How bad is it in Indianapolis right now? So bad that the Colts just got their clocks cleaned by a Los Angeles Rams team that won a grand total of four games a short season ago. I mean seriously, what the heck was that?! Jared Goff picked Indy’s defense apart to the tune of 306 passing yards by way of completing 21 of 29 passes. The second-year signal caller enters Week 2 with a 117.9 QB rating because of it. Hey, at least the defense was able to keep fantasy owners of Todd Gurley depressed after limiting him to 40 yards and a score on 19 carries.
In all seriousness, it’s ugly in Indianapolis right now. The injury to Andrew Luck has sent shockwaves through the franchise. How upper management didn’t bring a viable back-up to replace him in the offseason is beyond me. Only recently was Jacoby Brissett brought in, and he still has a ton of studying to do to fully comprehend the playbook. It looks like it’s only going to get much worse before it gets any better for this franchise.
David Johnson – The absence of Johnson completely changes the way in which opposing defenses will look to defend the Cardinals’ offense. That bodes terribly for an aging Carson Palmer who did nothing to silence his critics last week after throwing three picks and only one touchdown with the latter coming in garbage time. Replacing Johnson in the backfield will be Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington with the recently cut Chris Johnson only a phone call away.
Andrew Luck – How would you like to make your first start of the season and have your very first pass picked off and taken to the house? That’s the harsh reality Scott Tolzien dealt with last week when he got in under center to lead the Colts offense against the Rams. Then it happened again in the third quarter when a pass intended for T.Y. Hilton was pick-sixed. Having seen enough, Pagano called upon newly acquired Brissett. His first hand-off to Marlon Mack was fumbled. He pounced on it, but it was in the end zone. Safety. It’s nothing but a comedy of errors under center with Luck nursing yet another injury.
Cardinals vs. Colts Picks
As bad as the Cardinals looked in the second half last week, they’re still the much better of these two teams. Even with David Johnson out of commission. The Colts defense was a flat out joke last week. It failed to get any pressure on Goff ultimately allowing him to tally the best performance of his young NFL career. When Palmer has time to sit back in the pocket and survey the field, he’s deadly. That’s likely to occur on Sunday with Indianapolis registering just one sack against the Rams in its season debut.
When you pair the advantage Arizona has offensively with the fact that the Colts will be marching either Tolzien or the unprepared Brissett under center, there’s really only one way I can go in this matchup when placing a wager at a top rated sportsbook. Lay the chalk and look for the Cards to vent some frustration. The boo birds will be out in full force at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Cardinals vs. Colts Week 2 ATS Pick: Cardinals -7.5 at BookMaker.eu
Cardinals vs. Colts Score Prediction: Cardinals 33 – Colts 10