NFL Predictions: Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts 9/17/17

Ruben Hill
September 18, 2017

The Cardinals limited the Colts to 266 yards of total offense in 70 snaps, 3.8 yards per play. Arizona gets back to.500 at 1-1, while the Colts stumble to 0-2 on the year.

NOTES: Quincy Lewis started at cornerback for the Colts in place of the injured Vontae Davis (groin), and Malik Hooker started at free safety in place of injured Darius Butler (hamstring). As a third-string quarterback, he went 1-1 in games he started, finishing with a quarterback rating of 80.7.

Brissett by no means played superbly, but he managed the game and established a good rapport with young tight end Jack Doyle, who had eight catches for 79 yards.

The defense continued to look good against the run, holding the Cardinals to under 100 yards.

What did we learn from the Colts' home opener?

Though Williams and Ellington had no effect in the rushing game, the inconsistency of the running back rotation didn't allow the running backs to find any rhythm.

The Colts defense had some help from its 2nd unit, as its two new outside linebackers, Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, were able to "set the edge", while generating consistent pass pressure.

Arizona would not have beaten most teams, but the Cardinals willed their way to victory in this one.

Before Jacoby Brissett took over at quarterback, the Colts were being annihilated by the Rams, 37-3. Last week, the Colts offense was 0-10 on 3rd down conversion, but this week, the unit improved considerably, converting 8-18 opportunities and keeping the defense much more rested.

"Big things in front of him", said wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Would the Colts be any better this week with Brissett starting?

Ian Rapoport of reported the Indianapolis Colts plan to start Jacoby Brissett this weekend over week one starter Scott Tolzien. The Cardinals won 16-13 in overtime.

Pagano changed quarterbacks to energize his team. He was a flawless 7-for-7 to start the drive, getting the Colts all the way down to the 11-yard line.

In his rookie season in New England, Brissett completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 400 yards and threw no touchdowns and no interceptions. The game has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through live stream (details below). Arizona led 10-0 at the end of the 1st quarter after adding a Phil Dawson field goal. The Colts would get the Palmer four times for a loss of 26 yards.

All of these are concerns that won't go away just because the Cardinals squeaked out a win against a bad team.

The Cardinals now have won the two most recent meetings, 40-11 on November 24, 2013 in Arizona and by three points Sunday, thanks to Dawson's third field goal.

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