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Posted Friday at 2:15 PM EST.
1:00 PM EST. With The Franchise sidelined at least another week, the winless Colts are considering sliding new arrival Jacoby Brissett into the starting quarterback spot for Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. After the way Scott Tolzien played Sunday in Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine the Colts not giving Brissett a shot. What does this team have to lose? After all, they just got pasted by the Rams but that’s where this football team sits, one week into what figures to be a bumpy season. The Colts are thin on options, picking between a QB who’s coming off a ghastly Week 1 performance – Tolzien’s passer rating was 33.8 in that disastrous loss in L.A. – and one who arrived in town eight days ago. If Jacoby Brissett gets the nod for Sunday, he’ll have all of six practices under his belt with the Colts. That’s tough for any quarterback, let alone one with two career starts to his name and a playbook he’s still absorbing. Man, it’s tough to endorse the Colts here but we also know not to overreact to one score or one game. Furthermore, teams’ that get embarrassed almost always respond. Aside from that, are the Cardinals that good that they’re priced in the same range that Pittsburgh was in Cleveland in Week 1? We don’t think so.
David Johnson was a year wiser and a year better. John Brown had his health mostly figured out. Jaron Brown was back from ACL surgery. Carson Palmer’s arm was well-rested. Larry Fitzgerald was back. The Arizona Cardinals’ offense this year was supposed to look more like the 2015 version, which led the NFL in total yards, than the 2016 edition. All the pieces were there. Then the Cardinals arrived at Ford Field on Sunday and barely managed 300 total yards in a 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. Carson Palmer threw four picks, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He short-hopped a couple of passes and threw behind a few receivers. Everything the Cardinals’ offense was supposed to be Sunday, it wasn’t and we warned you that last season was not an anomaly. The Cardinals were sloppy and weak in Detroit and even though we’re looking at just one game this season, it’s a carryover from last year in which they played exactly like that all season long.
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