Scott Tolzien Has a Rough Start for Indianapolis

Scott Tolzien Has a Rough Start for Indianapolis

It was everything the Rams immediately let slip through their fingers upon returning home to Los Angeles last season after spending the previous 21 years in St. Louis. Sure, it's only Week 1, but the Rams were the only team in the division that handled its business, and that business was was tearing apart the Indianapolis Colts.

Newcomers Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp all delivered big games Sunday, helping second-year quarterback Jared Goff start the season on the right foot.

Andrew Luck won't be the Colts' starting quarterback this week against Arizona.

But this is a Rams team that won one of its last 12 games Impressive performances have been few and far between. They had a good defense but the offense was always a work in progress.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety Lamarcus Joyner returned interceptions for touchdowns. But during Week 1, there was no erasing the memory of last year's 2-14 team in Chip Kelly's one-and-only season with the club.

Indianapolis arrived at the Coliseum minus Andrew Luck, a reality nearly as stark as the fact the Colts were plus Scott Tolzien, a capable backup in this league ... as long as he doesn't have to start.

The Colts had 225 total yards. Atlanta's Matt Bryant answered with a 37-yard field goal, making it 23-17 with 3:24 left. The pass protection allowed four sacks. Phillip's unit is even bound to get even better once defensive tackle Aaron Donald eventually suits up. Just wait until Donald gets up to speed.

The Rams looked like a potential contender in the NFC West on Sunday, but is it just fools gold? L.A. should be one of the league's best at the end of 2017.

Jared Goff finally realized he doesn't have to do it all.

Next: The Rams host the Washington Redskins in Week 2. The offense ended up turning it over on downs for the third time in the game.

Hooper had two catches for 128 yards. Two plays later, Todd Gurley's second effort gave the Rams a two touchdown lead following the extra point.

Yes, a takeaway you should take from this game is not to read too much into this, but it is hard not to be excited about the potential of this defense. He watched the second half on the sideline without cleats or pads.

The Colts will face a battered Cardinals team, which is without running back David Johnson due to a wrist injury.

Both the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers opened their seasons with losses. Ty Montgomery punched it in on the next snap, and the Packers grabbed their first lead, which they held the rest of the way.

Now as Luck continues to recover from offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder and general manager Chris Ballard still urging caution about rushing Luck back, some worry it could be deja vu.