Sunday Night Football brings us a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game, in which the New England Patriots lambasted the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 and found themselves on the wrong end of a certain ball deflating scandal. Save the drama that ensued, the result of this contest is not likely to be much different. The point spread is currently favoring the Patriots at -8.5.
Sunday Night Footall: New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
Point Spread: Patriots -8.5 Over/under: 55 Date: Sunday, October 18 8:30pm ET Location:Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
New England Patriots
The Patriots offense is one of the best in the league with Tom Brady averaging 347 yards through the air and throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. With those numbers against the Colts 28th ranked defense, New England has a real chance to run up the score en route to a 5-0 record. The only thing that may be working against the -8.5 favorite Patriots is having last week off due to a bye week, but don’t expect New England’s offense to look rusty against Indianapolis.
While New England hasn’t been known for stellar defense, they’ll be facing a Colts offense that has struggled to find consistency both through the air and on the ground. The biggest key to stopping Indianapolis is in bottling up receiver T.Y. Hilton and getting pressure on the quarterback. The Patriots front four should have success against the Colts poor offensive line and should notch a few sacks.
Andrew Luck looks to be on track to play this week after missing two games due to a separated shoulder. While this should be a positive, the Colts have played better with back up Matt Hasselbeck under center. Against the Patriots, it might not matter who starts as both quarterbacks have spent most of their snaps running for their lines behind a patchwork offensive line. The Colts have squeaked out a few close wins, but against bad teams. This week could be ugly for the +8.5 underdog Indianapolis team.
Defensively, the Colts have given up an average of 287 yards passing without facing an elite quarterback like Tom Brady. Indianapolis will need to find a way to get pressure up the middle, where Tom Brady struggles with the pass rush. If the Colts front four can’t consistently get pressure, they’ll get carved up in the secondary and it won’t be pretty. Expect Indianapolis to struggle to cover tight end Rob Gronkowksi, who will be a match up nightmare against the Colts undersized defensive backs.
Sunday Night Football Prediction
It’s really hard to imagine that the Colts have a chance to win this one. They’re simply overmatched in every phase of the game. Indianapolis has earned three wins; but over three of the worst teams in the league. New England is one of the best teams in the league and will have no problems running the score up on the Colts yet again.