NFL Predictions: Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts 9/17/17

Cardinals-Colts Capsule

On Sunday, Arians will cap one of the league's most wonderful and inspiring tales by returning to the Lucas Oil Stadium sideline for the first time since taking the Arizona Cardinals job after that season. If the Cardinals want to save their season they better figure out a way to change up their offense. Quarterback Carson Palmer played poorly in the opener, and the offensive line struggled to protect him. But Palmer was 1-for-8 passing with an interception on passes that went 15 yards or more in the air - and many of those came with Johnson on the field. He quickly is winning over Colts fans, though. Pagano would return in Week 17 and the Colts would eventually finish second in the AFC South before being ousted in Wild Card Weekend by Pagano's former employer, the Ravens, and Arians found himself on a one-way trip to the desert to take over the head coaching vacancy for the Cardinals.

After a couple of runs, Palmer threw a ball to Jaron Brown that he couldn't catch.

-Pigs might be flying inside of Lucas Oil Stadium if Vinatieri misses two kicks like he did in Los Angeles last week.

Here, on October 7, 2012, the orange-gloved Reggie Wayne nearly single-handedly rallied the Colts from a 21-3 halftime deficit to defeat Green Bay 30-27 in the first game Pagano missed.

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who led the league in receiving yardage a year ago on the other end of several deep balls from Luck, said all it takes is protection for the quarterback and the ability for the receivers to win their individual matchups.

Tight end Troy Niklas also went through the same injury as Johnson and remains sidelined. Larry Fitzgerald led the team with 74 yards on 6 receptions while J.J. Nelson hauled in 5 balls for 43 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Unfortunately he was stopped at the one.

Theo Riddick escapes a couple of Cardinals to find the endz one. Ellington's illegal motion penalty, Nelson not running a route into the end zone, and the bad play call. And we're only one game into the season. A pass to receiver T.Y. Hilton was short of first down.

The victor of this game will feel a little better, but not by much. Rookie wide receiver Chad Williams is set to make his National Football League debut with Brown out of the action.

The Cardinals fell to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field this Sunday by a score of 23 to 35.

If the defense plays well and the offense avoids turnovers, the Cardinals can get back to.500 and put the ugly opening week behind them.

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