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NFL Preview: Los Angeles Rams (1-2) at Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

STADIUM: Lucas Oil Stadium
REFEREE: Land Clark

DATE: Sunday, October 1, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) LAR: 108 or 388 IND: 83 or 233

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY – REG. SEASON: IND leads series, 23-20-2 (LAR won past 3)

THE LAST TIME … REG. SEASON: 9/19/21: LAR 27 at IND 24

HEAD COACHES NOTES:

Sean McVay vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 2-0 Reg. Season: 61-40 (.604) Postseason: 7-3 (.700)

Shane Steichen vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-0 Reg. Season: 2-1 (.667) Postseason: 0-0

LOS ANGELES RAMS NOTES:

  • QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 269 yards in Week 3 & ranks 4th in NFL with 910 pass yards this season. Has 1,267 pass yards (316.8 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.6 rating in 4 career starts vs. Ind. Passed for 278 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.8 rating in last meeting.
  • RB KYREN WILLIAMS had 65 scrimmage yards (38 rush, 27 rec.) in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 in NFC (Kenneth Walker) with 4 scrimmage TDs in 1st 3 weeks. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards.
  • WR PUKA NACUA (rookie) had 5 catches for 72 yards in Week 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 30 receptions, most ever by player in 1st 3 career games. Leads all rookies with 338 rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards.
  • WR TUTU ATWELL had 4 catches for 50 yards & his 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 2nd-career TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards.
  • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 5 catches for 71 yards last week.
  • DT AARON DONALD had 7 tackles, 2 TFL & 1st full sack of season in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Had 7 tackles & TFL in last meeting.
  • LB ERNEST JONES led team with 9 tackles & had TFL & PD last week & is 1 of 5 in NFL with 9+ tackles in each of 1st 3 weeks. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL & 7th in row on road with 5+ tackles.
  • LB BYRON YOUNG can become 3rd rookie since 2000 (James Houston & Terrell Suggs) with 0.5+ sacks in each of his 1st 4 games.
  • LB MICHAEL HOECHT has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road.
  • CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON had 9th-career INT last week.
  • CB COBIE DURANT aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS NOTES:

  • QB ANTHONY RICHARDSON (rookie) tied for lead among QBs with 3 rush TDs this season & is 3rd QB ever with 3 rush TDs in 1st 2 career games, joining Daunte Culpepper & Jack Thompson.
  • QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 27 of 44 atts. (61.4 pct.) for 227 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in 1st start of season last week.
  • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 145 scrimmage yards (career-high 122 rush, 23 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 3rd-straight game with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD, tied for longest active streak in NFL.
  • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with season-high 9 catches for 77 yards in Week 3. Is only player in NFL with 8+ catches in each of 1st 3 weeks of season & can become 3rd player ever with 8+ catches in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Had 8 catches for 123 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch.
  • WR JOSH DOWNS (rookie) had 8 catches for 57 yards last week.
  • WR ISAIAH MCKENZIE had TD catch in his last game vs. LAR (9/8/22 w/ Buf.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with rec. TD.
  • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER has sack in 2 of 3 games this season. Had PD in last meeting.
  • DE KWITY PAYE is 1 of 6 in NFL with sack in each of 1st 3 weeks of season. Aims for 3rd in row with FR.
  • DE SAMSON EBUKAM had sack & FF in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Spent 1st 4 career seasons (2017-20) with LAR.
  • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN led team with 15 tackles last week & had 1st sack of season. Leads NFL with 45 tackles this season & is only player with 13+ tackles in each of 1st 3 weeks. Aims for his 12th in row with 7+ tackles. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home.
  • S JULIAN BLACKMON had career-high 12 tackles & TFL last week.
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