St. Louis Rams @ Indianapolis Colts: Key Matchups

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

First key: Break Andrew Luck.

The Colts look to be a very impressive team. They are 6-2, and many pundits are starting to talk about them as potential Super Bowl contenders. The Rams will be traveling on the road this week to take on the Colts. Many are expecting a blowout of the Rams, but they might be mistaken.

The Colts, while their recored is 6-2, are not the elite team they are said to be. They have given up more yards than they have gained on the year. That's not the sign of an elite, Super bowl contending team. That's the sign of a team that's been getting "Lucky".

I'm not saying the Colts are not a good team. They are. They beat the 49ers, Seahawks and the Broncos. What I'm am saying is the Rams have a chance this week. And to do it, they need to win these three matchups.

Robert Quinn & Chris Long vs Indianpolis' Offensive Line

The "Thunderstorm" is going to have to be at full force for the Rams to have a chance. The Colts' offensive line is mediocre, so it seems like the Rams will have the upper hand. They will have to because, to put it bluntly, the Rams secondary won't be able to contain the Colts' passing attack. The Rams must put pressure on Andrew Luck and force him into mistakes.

The Rams are paying a lot of money on the defensive line. These are the games they need to step up in.

Rams Rushing Attack vs Colts Run Defense

The Rams have found their running game with Zac Stacy, and they will need to continue their good performance. The Colts run defense is ranked 27th in the league.

The best way to keep the ball out of Andrew Lucks hands? Give it to Zac Stacy. Again and again. He has ran the ball for 261 yards the last two weeks, and the Rams will need another 100 yard day out of their rookie running back this week.

Stop The Big Play

The Rams biggest issue on defense as of late has been giving up big plays, both in the passing and running game. The Colts running game has been struggling, but Trent Richardson has a ton of talent and can break off big runs if the Rams don't stay in their lanes.

What the Rams really need to watch out for is the bomb. The Colts have not one, but two receivers that can take the top off of the defense. T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey cannot be allowed to go over the top and get big plays. The Rams playing their patented off-coverage may actually be a good move this week.

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