After a big win at home against the AFC-leading New England Patriots, the Colts head west to take on the most dominant team in the NFL in the first half of the season. The Cardinals are led by young quarterback Keeler Murray, who was also a favorite early in the season. The results of this game have implications in the AFC and NFC, where the Colts need to keep winning to secure their place in the playoffs and the Cardinal is still in the hunt for the NFC top seed bye in the first round.
What would easily have worked in favor of the Colts was that the Cardinals weren’t particularly brave against running. Indy showed that Jonathan Taylor is a dominant force who can take over and finish games. COVID could have an impact here as Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Mark Glowinski will likely miss this one. This is the heart of the interior of Indy’s attacking line and the group that played a huge role in moving the game on the ground.
Murray loves moving things in the air but he has enough running game and he’s threatening enough with his mobility to keep his defenses honest. Can the Colts defense contain Murray, especially where he struggled in the red? Does Indianapolis have another major contribution from special teams to stun Arizona on the road?
Here’s how to capture this week’s events.
8:15pm EST Saturday 25th December
- State Farm Stadium
- 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305
- Capacity: 63400
- National channel: NFL Network
- Regional channel: CBS
- Play by Play: Joe Davis
- Color Analyst: Kurt Warner
- Sideline Reporters: Melissa Stark and Peter Schrager
93.5 and 107.5 fan and 97.1 FM.
- Play by Play: Matt Taylor
- Color Analyst: Rick Venturi
- Sideline: Lara Overton
According to DraftsKings Sportsbook, the Colts are 2.5 points unfiltered.
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