The Atlanta Falcons will go back on the road for the second time in their first three games as they head up to Indianapolis, this will be their first visit to the Hoosier state since Julio Jones’ rookie year.
The Atlanta Falcons and the Colts have faced off just 16 times going back to 1966. Unfortunately for the Falcons, this has been a lopsided matchup as the Colts have won 14 of the 16 games.
The only time the Atlanta Falcons have won a game on the Colts home turf? That would be 2011 when Matt Ryan and rookie wide receiver Julio Jones connected three times for 131 and Jones’ first two touchdown catches of his career.
The Falcons defense that day sacked Curtis Painter twice but had 15 tackles for loss. While they may not have that type of production against this Colts offensive line, they still need to play the furry that they did last week against the Eagles.
The game will kick off at 1:00 p.m. live on CBS. Andrew Catalon on play-by-play and James Lofton commentary.
You can also catch the game locally on the radio via 92.9 where the great Wes Durham (play-by-play) and Dave Archer (analyst) will bring you to live action.
Early Odds, Information:
Falcons opened up as an early 2.0-point underdog, Bovada currently has the Colts favored by a single point. Going back to 2008 when the Falcons drafted Matt Ryan, seven previous times the Falcons have started the year 1-1 and are 4-3 in week 3 games, including 2-3 on the road.
No changes on the starting lineup this week for the Falcons. Rookie right tackle did miss Wednesday’s practice but was back out there Thursday. Last week against the Eagles, Jamon Brown got the start in place of rookie right guard Chris Lindstrom who is out with a broken foot and played exceptionally well.
The Falcons offensive line should have a much easier road to victory Sunday when compared to the Vikings and Eagles. Hopefully, this will be the week they can get Devonta Freeman and the ground game going.