The Indianapolis Colts (1-1) will head to Lincoln Financial Field to meet the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) in Week 3 (September 23, 2018 at 1:00pm EST). The Colts opened as 6.0-point underdogs.
The best way to describe the Colts’ offense is lackluster. They own the NFL’s 19th-ranked passing attack and 24th-ranked rushing attack. And without any strength to lean on, Indianapolis’s so-so offense has had a hard time putting points on the board, averaging just 22.0 points per game (18th).
Andrew Luck is still working himself back into the three-time Pro Bowl QB he was before dealing with all the injuries starting in 2015. Luck has thrown for 498 yards and 4 touchdowns with three INTs.
Meanwhile, Jordan Wilkins has not found much room to run, totaling 101 yards on 24 carries this season. The Colts will need a big effort from both Luck and Wilkins to pick up a win in a tough environment in Week 3.
Indianapolis’ defense has prided themselves on stopping the run. They only cede 83.0 rushing yards per game (9th), compared to 249.0 through the air (17th). But you can also point to the fact that teams aren’t running much against them.
Nonetheless, the Colts’ “stinginess” against the run has led to them allowing a respectable 21.5 points per game (14th).
Indianapolis’ defense faces an interesting task this week, as Carson Wentz returns from the knee injury that ended his 2017 campaign. Philadelphia was scoring just 19.5 PPG (25th) with Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles running the show. But we really don’t know how healthy Wentz is yet.
Unfortunately, Wentz will not be returning to a full arsenal against the Colts. Alshon Jeffery and Mike Wallace won’t be suiting up, and Philadelphia may also be without Jason Peters and Jay Ajayi.
I understand the eagerness to get their franchise QB under center after Foles has not shown well through two weeks, but Wentz will be heavily reliant upon Nelson Agholor and Corey Clement to make some big plays, and Zach Ertz to provide the usual security blanket over the middle.
Flipping to the other side of the ball, Philadelphia’s defense has been playing at a very high level. They’re giving up just 19.5 points per game, ranking eighth in the NFL. They hang their hat on their ability to stop the run. The Eagles only allow 58.5 rushing yards per game (1st).
But after being torched for 393 yards through the air by Ryan Fitzpatrick last week, expect this Eagles pass-rush to be hungry.