Patriots/Colts Keys to Victory

A preview of tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots.

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With the Seahawks loss to the Chiefs in the books they fall to 6-4 on the season and just out of playoff contention. Let’s see how the rest of the league unfolds as well as preview tonight’s big game.

Colts at Patriots

Patriots

(7-2, 2-2 away)

Colts

(6-3, 3-1 home)

New England’s Keys to Victory:

1. Gronkzilla: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a huge difference maker on the field. He can open up passing lanes and he has 663 receiving yards along with 8 touchdowns on the season. Get him the ball and watch him go to town.

2. Make Luck’s struggles continue: A certain Broncos quarterback had a hard time defeating the Patriots when he was in Indianapolis, and this team might be Luck’s kryptonite as well. Luck is 0-2 against the Patriots, barely completing 50 percent of his passes and throwing 7 interceptions as well. He has a strong aerial attack though, so don’t be surprised to see him go to the air often.

3. Protect the ball: The Patriots have committed a league low six turnovers this season. This game could very well be determined by who holds onto the football better, so don’t be surprised if a fluke fumble might lead to something here.

Indianapolis’s Keys to Victory:

1. Run the Ball: It is obvious that Luck is going to try and go through the air. Get Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson going, and we might just have a game.

2. Get to Tom Brady: Indianapolis has given up an average of 264 passing yards a game, but they also have 24 sacks on the year too. Hit Tom Brady and throw him off his game.

3. Use Home-Field: This could be a playoff preview. If New England wins, Indianapolis may have to go to Foxboro later in January. Use the crowd to your advantage, and make New England uncomfortable.

My Pick:

The Patriots have impressed me since that blowout win against Kansas City, going 5-0 with the best record in the AFC since then. Call me old-fashioned, but the Pats win, but barely.

Stay Classy Everyone, Monday Night pick up tomorrow.

HOHOHO!

  1. Due to unforeseen circumstances I will not be able to post my Steelers/Titans preview. I think the Steelers will win by at least two touchdowns.

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