INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts take on the Arizona Cardinals in their home opener at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
Both teams come off rough openers. Arizona lost at Detroit and saw star running back David Johnson, one of the NFL’s most versatile players, break his wrist. Look for Larry Fitzgerald to be the focal point of the offense against a weak secondary.
Indy is without Andrew Luck again – and for who knows how long. The Colts put out one of the worst performances of Week 1 in being routed by the Rams.
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The last time they faced off in Atlanta, the Falcons routed the Packers for the NFC title. When they meet Sunday night, the site will be different, with the Falcons playing their first regular-season game in Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Considering how poorly Green Bay played last January at the Georgia Dome, it probably welcomes the change of venue.
“It’s past,” Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers insists. “You can’t rewrite history. It’s just two 1-0 teams who both think we can be there at the end of the season. These are the type of games, like last week, that you win these games and you feel better in December and January when you’re coming down to filling out that 12-team bracket.”
They got to 1-0 in dissimilar ways.
Green Bay completely shut down Seattle – yet another highly touted NFC contender – at Lambeau Field. Atlanta struggled with lowly Chicago before a goal-line stand, helped by a dropped pass that should have been a touchdown, allowed it to survive.
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