Rams Steamroll Colts In Lopsided Opener

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LOS ANGELES -- This was not the worst-case scenario.

That would have been an improvement.

The Colts surrendered the second-most points on opening day in franchise history and lost every conceivable battle in a 46-9 rout against the Rams on Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

"We obviously were dominated in that football game in all three phases," Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said. "We were outcoached in this football game. It's my responsibility. It falls on me. It all starts with me, and I didn't do a good enough job of getting this team ready to go."

The Colts fell to 1-5 in Week 1 under Pagano and lost for the fourth consecutive season.

None was more disheartening than this one.

Indianapolis turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, and recovered a fumble in its own end zone for a safety.

The offense was 0-for-10 on third down, and the defense allowed 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff to look like a Pro Bowler.

The former Cal star completed 21 of 29 attempts for 306 yards and one touchdown and finished with a rating of 117.9.

Some of the credit surely goes to first-year Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay -- who previously helped develop Kirk Cousins in Washington -- but blame also belongs with a young defensive secondary that did little to distinguish itself in its first game as a unit.

With two-time Pro Bowler Vontae Davis out with a groin injury, the defensive backs struggled to keep the lid on an offense that ranked 32nd in the NFL a year ago.

Sammy Watkins -- acquired in the offseason in a trade with Buffalo -- led the way with five catches for 58 yards. Running back Todd Gurley also caught five passes for 56 yards, and rookie Cooper Kupp had four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Goff completed passes to seven different receivers and did not turn the ball over. He was 0-7 as a starter with seven career interceptions entering this contest.

"When you give receivers the room we gave them, when you don't have tight coverage ... he was the No. 1 overall pick for a reason," Pagano said. "He's a damn good football player."

The Colts' own starter struggled from the start.

Scott Tolzien's first pass attempt was intercepted by Trumaine Johnson and returned 39 yards for a touchdown that gave the Rams a 10-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

Tolzien also was picked off by LaMarcus Joyner midway through the third quarter. That one was returned 29 yards and put Los Angeles up 37-3 with 7:15 left in the period.

Making just his fifth career start, Tolzien finished 9-of-18 for 128 yards and the two picks. He also was sacked four times and finished with a rating of 33.8.

Indianapolis' lone touchdown drive -- a five-play, 84-yard fourth-quarter march -- was directed by backup Jacoby Brissett, who has been on the roster for just eight days. The former Patriots third-stringer finished 2-of-3 for 51 yards.

"You never want to be taken out of the game obviously," Tolzien said. "But that was the decision that needed to be made at that time."

Pagano whiffed on another decision much earlier.

Rookie running back Marlon Mack appeared to score a touchdown on his first NFL touch, catching a swing pass and running 22 yards into the end zone on the Colts' second drive. But officials huddled and ruled Mack had stepped out at the 1-yard line.

Replays later showed Mack had broken the plane with the football, but Pagano never threw the red challenge flag. Instead the offense rushed to the line of scrimmage, and Mack was stopped for a 1-yard loss after the quick snap.

Mack said he believed he had scored but never motioned to the sideline for a review because he was only concerned with running the next play.

"That's on me," Pagano said. "That's squarely on the head football coach. We were trying to catch them off guard. I should've waited. I should've let (the replay officials) take a look at that."

Adam Vinatieri eventually kicked a 20-yard field goal for the Colts' only points of the first half.

Vinatieri later hit the right upright on a short field-goal attempt and missed an extra point. It was in keeping with the day's theme.

The Rams -- who scored as many as 24 points just once last season -- led 27-3 at the break.

Los Angeles scored on field goals of 57 and 35 yards by Greg Zurlein, a 5-yard run by Gurley, an 18-yard pass from Goff to Kupp and Johnson's interception return in the first half.

Zurlein's 44-yard field goal, Joyner's interception return, the safety after a fumble by Mack and a 3-yard touchdown run by Malcolm Brown provided the Rams' points after intermission.

"Scoring on defense is big," Johnson said. "We put emphasis on that all week. We had a couple pick sixes, a couple turnovers. It was good. It was good for our defense."

That defense outscored Indianapolis' offense.

T.Y. Hilton was the leading receiver with three catches for 57 yards, and veteran running back Frank Gore had 10 yards on 42 carries.

The Colts' biggest play was a 50-yard pass from Brissett to wide receiver Donte Moncrief. That set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Mack.

The Colts played without three key starters -- quarterback Andrew Luck, center Ryan Kelly and Davis -- but Pagano said afterward that was no excuse.

A season in which first-year general manager Chris Ballard has been given leeway to evaluate every aspect of the franchise could scarcely have gotten off to a worse start.

"One game does not define a season unless we allow it," Pagano said. "We've got a lot of work to do."

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