New England (4-0) at Indianapolis (3-2)
When: Sunday, October 18th 2015
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Time: 8:30 ET
TV: NBC Radio: XM 226, 225, 88
The rematch Colts fans have been waiting for has arrived as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots invade Indy on Sunday Night Football. By now everyone in America knows about ‘Deflategate’ and we’re going to hear about even more tonight. This was supposed to be Brady’s first game back from his 4-game suspension for his involvement in deflating footballs is last year’s AFC Championship win over the Colts. All of that should be behind them now. The Patriots can reach 5-0 for the first time since their perfect 2007 regular season. New England once again has the best offense in the NFL averaging 423 yard a game and are scoring an incredible 37 points per contest. Rob Gronkowski is two touchdowns shy of becoming the fifth tight end with at least 60 in his career. Gronk has 300 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns in his last four meetings with Indianapolis, but has been kept out of the end zone in New England’s past two games. The defense hasn’t been too bad either ranking 7th in the NFL allowing only 19 points a game. It sure looks like New England is the best team in the AFC.
It looks like the Colts will have Andrew Luck back for the first time since Week 3. Matt Hasselbeck has done a decent job in his absence winning both games he has started. The Colts have won three games in a row overall after an 0-2 start. Frank Gore is starting to get going and has three touchdowns in his last three games. After a slow start to the season, Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson had a pair of touchdown receptions in the Colts’ 27-20 victory over Houston on October 8th. LB D’Qwell Jackson leads the league with 58 tackles, but the Colts defense is very leaky. They are 28th in total defense and 28th against the pass, which could be a major problem tonight. They’ll need to patch up that part of their game as they have Brady, Brees, Manning, and Ryan in four of their next five games.
I don’t see how the Colts are going to be able to stop Brady and the Patriots offense tonight, but I do think that the Colts offense, which is playing better, will do enough to cover as a big home dog.
Pick: Colts +10