"I see a lot of points being scored. I don't think the Rams can stop the Colts at all," commented Adam Caplan over the weekend when we asked him how he saw Monday's game in Indianapolis shaping up.
"The Rams don't stop the run real well and their secondary has been struggling big time," he said.
And in a strange turn of events, that secondary will play with a new face in the starting lineup. Former Colts wide receiver Mike Furrey, who has tried both receiver and defensive back with the Rams, will start in the secondary against Peyton Manning after the Rams cut their starting free safety outright last week due to performance problems. Caplan just doesn't see how that group is going to keep up with the Colts offense.
"I think it's just a game where the Colts -- if they really want to -- could score 40 to 50 points this week," he said.
Caplan also thinks the Rams might be a bit out of sync due to the absence of head coach Mike Martz.
"Offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild is going to make the play calls for the first time," he explained. "I think the Rams will be playing from behind, and the other issue for them is will they have their full complement of receivers?"
According to Caplan, the Rams' leading receiver, Torry Holt, will be a game-time decision due to a bruised knee. And he says that Isaac Bruce is not expected to play because of his toe injury.
"It's going to be a problem for them," he said.
The Colts haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher yet this season, although San Francisco's Kevan Barlow came as close as you can with 99 yards last week. So we asked Caplan if he thought Rams running back Steven Jackson might be the first to break that threshold against the Colts.
"I think it'll be similar [to Barlow] because the Colts will get out to a big lead and then you'll see the Colts go into their nickel package," he said. "That's when it's easier for teams to run."
"But you have to be impressed. The Colts had never -- going into this year -- been a good run defense under Tony Dungy. That's really not their philosophy; their philosophy is to get to the quarterback. But they added Corey Simon, they've got a pretty good rotation going. And they're making a better effort to stop the run."
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