Atlanta Falcons vs Indianapolis Colts Matchup Preview 9/22/19: Analysis, Betting Picks, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The Indianapolis Colts (1-1) host the resurgent Atlanta Falcons (1-1) this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Both teams bounced back from week one losses to secure victories in their second game. The Colts squeaked by their divisional rival the Tennessee Titans by virtue of their strong defense and improving quarterback play from Jacoby Brissett. The Falcons offense looks alive after a complete dud in week one. The Julio Matt Ryan connection came alive in the fourth quarter and saved the Falcons from what could have been another 4th quarter implosion. Both teams are out to prove that their last victories were not flukes and look to establish an identity going forward. The Colts are favored at -2.5 points at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis,Ind
Coverage: CBS

Injury Report

Indianapolis Colts: Darius Leonard (Q), Marlon Mack (Q), Pierre Desir(Q), Ty Hilton(Q), Al-Quaddin Muhammad (Q), Jabaal Sheard (Q), Kemoko Turray (Q), Johnathan William(Q), Jacoby Brissett
Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal (Q), Matt Gono (Q), Luke Stocker(Q), Matt Bosher (Q), Kenjon Barner (Q), Kaleb Mcgary (Q)

Indianapolis Colts Analysis

Indianpolis ColtsThe Colts are looking to capitalize on their gritty week 2 victory over division rival Tennessee. The Colts defense showed great improvement, only allowing 243 total yards and sacking Mariota 4 times. They shut down the Titans on third down only allowing for one conversion all game. Their upcoming matchup against the high-flying offense of the Falcons will be a great test to see if last week were an aberration. The offense will need to improve only scoring 19 points and registering 4.4 yards per play. Jacoby Brissett had an okay game only passing for 146 yards but had 3 touchdowns and one interception. T.Y Hilton continues his productive season with 3 touchdowns. The Colts will need to protect Brissett better after allowing him to be sacked 3 times which lead to him fumbling once.

The Colts offense will have to be better in order to compete with the Falcons high-powered offense. After being virtually shut down last week, look for Marlon Mack to have a bounce back game against the 16th ranked Falcons Run Defense. They will need to rely on their rushing attack against the Falcons number 1 ranked passing defense. They held Carson Wentz to just 253 yards passing and forced two interceptions. Jacoby Brissett will need to push the ball down the field after only having 5.2 yards per attempt. The Colts defense will especially have their hands full this week against arguably the best receiving corps in football. In order to shut them down, they must rely on their pass rush which has gotten 8 sacks in two weeks. Watch for Denico Autry and the colts defensive line to make the Falcons one dimensional as they ranked 28th in rushing offense.

Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart

QB: Jacoby Brisett
RB1: Marlon Mack
RB2: Nyheim Hines
WR1: T.Y. Hilton
WR2: Parris Campbell
WR3: Deon Cain
TE: Eric Ebron

Atlanta Falcons Analysis

Atlanta FalconsWill the real Atlanta Falcons please stand up? After getting embarrassed in week one, the Falcons offense bounced back and proved why their offense is among the deadliest in the NFL. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley were sensational combining for 211 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. They were able to stymie a turbulent Matt Ryan who threw for 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and a non-existent run game. Devonta Freeman has looked a shell of himself only rushing for 41 yards on 19 carries during the first two games of the season. Freeman should have more success however, against the 20th ranked Colts run defense. The Falcons defense will have a tough matchup against a healthy Colts offense which involves T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, and Eric Ebron.

The Falcons Defense came to life against a hobbled Eagles team. They were able to show a pass rush generating 3 sacks and 10 quarterback hits on Carson Wentz. Look for Grady Jarrett to have a big game against the Colts offensive line which ranks 23rd in pass protection. The Falcons will be tested against Marlon Mack whom has amassed 225 yards at 5.0 yards per carry. They will have their hands filled with T.Y. Hilton who has amassed 3 touchdowns. Look for Eric Ebron to have a big game after the Falcons struggled with Zach Ertz whom had 8 receptions for 72 yards.

Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

QB: Matt Ryan
RB1: Devonta Freeman
RB2: Ito Smith
WR1: Julio Jones
WR2: Calvin Ridley
WR3: Mohamed Sanu
TE: Austin Hooper

Betting Pick: Indianapolis Colts -2.5

There hasn’t been much line movement since it has opened. The over/under is set at 47.5 points for this game. The Lineups Bet Predictor is pretty split on the Colts, and over 50 % have placed their bets on Atlanta. The line was initially set at Indiana being a -2.5 point favorite but it has now moved down to -1.5 points.

Daily Fantasy: Calvin Ridley is the Next Big Thing

Calvin Ridley is simply thriving within the Atlanta Falcons offense. Through two games Calvin Ridley has 12 receptions for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns. What makes Ridley such a great option for fantasy is even as a WR2, he’s received more targets than  Julio Jones. Through two games, Calvin Ridley has been targeted 16 times and went over the 100 yard mark on Sunday. Look for Ridley to continue to show why he is the best second option the league has to offer. Marlon Mack will have a bounce back game against the Falcons 16th ranked defense which allowed Dalvin Cook to go off for 154 yards and one touchdown. I would stay away from Devonta Freeman as he has struggled mightily in the first two games only registering 41 yards on 2.2 yards per carry.

I am a Junior at Morehouse College. I write in the sports column for my school newspaper the Maroon Tiger. I am a passionate sports fan whom is a diehard Falcons fan (unfortunately). I am also a part-time Ezekiel Elliot stand-in.

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