It was another rout as the New England Patriots simply destroyed the Indianapolis Colts 59-24. The Colts led 14-7 after the first quarter. But after that it was pretty much all Pats. New England went into the locker room on top 24-17. By the end of the third they were winning 38-17 and in the fourth the Pats put 21 more points on the scoreboard.
Brady Had Luck
Tom Brady had Indy QB Andrew Luck’s number all the way. Brady was 24 of 35 attempts whole Luck was 27 of 50. Luck had 2 TDs and 3 INTs, while Brady tossed 3 scores and no INTs. The Pats also has 2 rushing touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski, who broke his forearm neat the end of the games, caught 7 passes for 137 yards and 2 TDs.
Yardage Almost the Same
Although the yardage for both teams was almost identical when it came to passing and rushing, and the Colts were 100% from the Red Zone, the fact was the Pats did a great job keeping Indy our of the zone. The Colts only got to the red zone twice while the Patriots were in it six times and scored four. That stat along with four turnovers by the visiting Colts pretty much sealed the deal for New England.
Some were touting this game as a potential preview of a postseason matchup between the Pats and the Colts. Before that can happen, the Colts will need to make it into the playoffs. They have a very good shot at a Wild Card, but so do a few other teams.
One problem for Indy is they still have to play one of the best teams in the league, the Houston Texans. And they have to do that twice. Plus, the Colts have to play Buffalo, which could be a problem as the Bills have the potential to beat them.
Short Prep Week for Pats
The Patriots next game is on Thanksgiving when they go to New York to play the Jets. The Jets did win this week against the Rams. The two teams meet at 8:20 pm. This a a huge game for the Jets who are at 4-6. They desperately need the win. Early this season, the Patriots beat the Jets in OT. Will it be that close this time? It depends on how well the New England defense plays and how the Patriots deal with the loss of Gronk. I’ll have a preview on Wednesday.