The Indianapolis Colts are coming into Week 3 fresh off of their first win of the season and of the post-Andrew Luck era. It was a tough game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, but they were able to squeak out the win by a final score of 19-17. Getting that weight off of their shoulders was a big deal.
Now, they are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will provide the Colts with a major issue to deal with, but the team has to feel good about their own roster.
Even without Luck, the Colts have a dangerous offense and their defense has improved a lot from last season. This is a different team the Falcons are preparing to play. They are also playing with a ton of confidence that starts with second-year head coach Frank Reich.
For the Colts, this is a massive game that could set the tone for the rest of their season. Indianapolis could get on a bit of a win streak if they can win this one. In Week 4, the Colts will take on the Oakland Raiders before a tough matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at four bold predictions for the Colts in Week 3 against the Falcons.
4. Marlon Mack Rushes for 125 Yards
Let’s start this off with running back Marlon Mack getting back on track. After rushing for 174 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers, he only mustered 51 yards on 20 carries against the Titans.
Mack is going to bust out with another big game for the Colts. He should end up with at least 125 yards and will take a lot of pressure off of Brissett’s arm. Indianapolis loves Mack and he will show why this week.
3. Justin Houston Records Three Sacks
Everyone knows that Justin Houston is not the pass rushing freak that he once was. However, he is still capable of getting to the quarterback, especially against a poor offensive line like the Falcons have.
Houston is going to have a field day against Atlanta and will leave Matt Ryan having nightmares on Sunday night. He will get through the line for three sacks in the game. Indianapolis brought him in to be the pass rushing leader on defense and he will come through with a big-time performance.
2. Jacoby Brissett Racks Up 250 Yards, Three Touchdowns
Next up, the Colts are going to be leaning heavily on Brissett this week. Atlanta doesn’t have a great defense and this is a matchup that the new franchise quarterback needs to take advantage of.
Brissett will rise to the occasion this week and will rack up 250 passing yards and three touchdowns. Reich and company have complete confidence that Brissett is their quarterback of the future and he has had two solid games to open up this season. This game is going to be a breakout performance for him.
1. Indianapolis Pulls Off a 10-Point Win
Despite the fact that the Falcons are going to put up points, the Colts are going to get the job done. When everything is said and done, the Colts are going to win the game by 10 points.
Reich’s offense and the Indianapolis defense are going to have to fight hard against a dangerous Falcons’ team. Even though the Falcons have talent, there are too many holes in their roster. The Colts will move to 2-1 with a big win heading into Week 4 against the Raiders.