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Foxborough, MA – Another game, another backup QB. The Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts in what has gone from the big annual epic battle of two NFL powerhouses to a lackluster matchup of epic proportions. What the hell happened to the Colts other than Peyton Manning's neck injury?

In all fairness, let's try to take a step back and remember that the Colts do still have talent on the roster, Manning or no Manning. So maybe... just maybe, given the history of these two teams, they'll muster up just a little pride to make this a watchable game. Maybe.

Three and Out
  • The all time series goes to the Patriots, dominating 43-28 in the regular season and 2-1 in postseason play.
  • 6 degrees of separation suckiness – The 2011 Colts are trying real hard to best the 1991 Colts for their suckiest season ever. In '91 they went 1-15 with none other than former Patriots Head Coach Ron Meyer at the helm. Meyer was fired after Week 5. Interestingly, Rod Rust, who worked under Meyer as his DC in New England for 4 years, brought the Patriots to an equally sorry 1-15 in 1990.
  • Despite the Colts dismal season, Dwight Freeney looks to be headed to the Pro Bowl once again, and he only needs half a sack to reach a career 100. Nate Solder hopes to keep him waiting for at least another week and will take on the task of containing him as he did with Miami's vaunted pass rusher Cameron Wake in the season opener.


Patriots-Colts Injury Report

Key Focus

It just doesn’t feel the same. It's Colts week, but it’s hard to get pumped for a 0-11 team. There’s no Peyton Manning, no pressure, nothing on the line, and Indy can keep the bragging rights. This becomes a trap game, a fallen rival with nothing to lose. The Patriots only have themselves in the way. Trust us, Indy won’t be able to keep up.

Tom Brady vs. The Indianapolis Colts defense – What’s the term? “Shooting fish in a barrel” Yeah, that’s it; the Colts couldn’t stop anybody when they were good, let alone in their current sorry state. The only hope the Colts have is that Tom Brady didn't get the memo about the game being flexed out of primetime and shows up at the stadium around 5. 

Going against the 29th ranked defense is made to order for scoring. Expect the dagger early, as there is nothing more satisfying than watching Bill Polian squirm while Brady runs up the score.

Reggie Wayne vs. the Patriots secondary – Wayne is the only true weapon Indy has and the Patriots can afford to double him all day. Who is going to get him the ball anyways? Dan Orlovsky? The same quarterback who ran three yards out of the end zone as a Detroit Lion on a team that went 0-16? He's your starter for this 0-11 team, you can't make this up. The Patriots are hardly stout against the pass, but they should be able to contain Wayne, there’s nobody else.

The Patriots offensive line vs. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis – This an the annual match up that always garners attention. Freeney and Mathis are one of the best defensive end tandems in the NFL and can get to any QB. Sebastian Vollmer looks to be out for a while and that leaves rookie Nate Solder to hold it down at right tackle. Solder has been solid when given the opportunity, as his athletic ability is tailor made for a speed rusher. He’s solid in his technique and will give a good effort.

The New England Patriots vs. The Indianapolis Colts Pride – There is only one thing that will make this a game, and that is if the Colts say 'lets try to get one against these guys here'.

Maybe they want to save face a little or not to look so much like they're tanking to get Andrew Luck. Either way, the Colts must remember that if New England gets a chance to hang 50+ on them, they will.


Degenerate Gambler Section

Here's something you don't hear often - The Patriots are a 20 point favorites against the Indianapolis Colts. That's not a misprint, and we don't think we'll see that kind of spread for a Pats-Colts again.

O/U: 47.5

ATS: Patriots 7-2 / Colts 2-9

Officiating: Ron Winter and crew

Weather: 50°F Partly Cloudy. Wind: From SSW 10 mph


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