INDIANAPOLIS—No could possibly have predicted this, right? I mean, the 3-6 Rams visiting the 6-2 Colts with both teams seemingly going in opposite directions.
Who could possibly have envisioned the Rams blowing Indianapolis out of the water, 38-8, and doing so in all three phases of the game?
“Wow,” Jeff Fisher said after his team’s dominating effort. “Nie to come in at halftime having scored in all three phases. It was a great effort the first half and then in the second half, things seemed to get out of hand a little bit, but we made plays in the second half that we needed to make. What kept going through your mind is, ‘Andrew’s (Luck) comebacks, his comebacks, his comebacks and there’s never enough points’, but the turnover in the second half really gave us a chance.”
“They’re a darn good football team,” Chris Long said. “We just started with stopping the run. That was a big deal for us. You can see that when we do that we’re pretty good in every area of the game. When the offense is doing that the way they were today, it was really a complete win.”
The Rams defense held the Colts to just 18 yards rushing while registering five turnovers. That type of performance will get you a win at any level.
“I hope we realize how we can play football now,” James Laurinaitis said. “Our issue all year has been inconsistency. This game and the Houston game, and really Seattle, is where we felt how well we can play football.”
For the Colts, their failure stemmed from allowing the Rams pass rush to get to quarterback Andrew Luck. Robert Quinn got two more sacks and directly led to Chris Long’s 45 yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Colts talked all week long about the Rams defensive line. Was it even more formidable than they realized?
“No, we knew,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “They (the Rams) were number one in the league in sacks, so the evidence was right there in front of us on tape. They knew it and our guys coming in, to a man, they knew it.”