By Jeff Kane
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The Patriots went into Lucas Oil Stadium and quieted the home crowd and deflated their early season hopes with a solid victory over the Colts. Andrew Luck fell to 0-5 against the Patriots in his career. With the win the Patriots improved to 5-0 on the season.
The game is now over, and hopefully the talk of deflategate until the week before the Super Bowl, when the second court of appeals will hear the NFL’s bogus case against the greatest quarter back of all time, Tom Brady. In a game that was hyped up as the “Revenge Game” the Patriots used a total team victory to beat the Colts 34-27.
Tom Brady was on the field for his fifth game of the season, and like the previous four was the best player on the field. The future Hall-of-Fame quarterback completed 23 of 37 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Brady was suburb to begin the game, chewing up the Colts defense before finding Julian Edelman in the end zone to tie the score 7-7. While Brady did throw his first pick of the season, a deflected ball out of the hands of Edelman, he now has 14 touchdowns on the season against the one loan pick.
Many throughout the league thought that this would be an easy win for the Pats, and while the final score was close the Colts had to pull out all the stops to keep it that way. The Colts were aggressive at times, a fourth and one call on the first drive, and stupid at others, an ill-advised fourth down, funky formation gamble that lead to an easy six for the Pats. Yet the Patriots were still able to come out victorious.
While Brady lead the offense through the air, LeGarrette Blount again had a good game against the Colts, rushing for 93 yards on 16 carries, and scoring two touchdowns. Blount’s first career touchdown reception ended up being the winning margin for the Pats as he continues to have career games against the Colts. Edelman had the touchdown grab, however a gruesome finger injury led to some uncharacteristic drops. In his stead Danny Amendola had seven grabs for 105 yards working the middle of the field. Rob Gronkowski found the pay dirt for the first time in three games, but was covered well by the Colts finishing the game with three catches for 50 yards. Gronk may have not had a huge game but he allowed the other New England pass catchers to do damage.
On defense, the Pats took a zone approach, as the match up of Indy’s receivers was a tough assignment for the young New England secondary. The front seven had some good plays, but were also victimized for long runs by Frank Gore. Chandler Jones stepped up big with 2.5 sacks on the night. Without the benefit of film review, it looked like Sealver Saliga had a rough night. Jamie Collins continues his pro bowl caliber start to the season, and blocked an extra point that kept the Patriots a full seven points up to end the game, and also ruined my shot at predicting the score correctly.
On the injury side of things, Edleman’s finger was the first of the concerning injuries. Marcus Cannon starting his first game in place of Nate Solder, left after the first drive with a toe injury. His injury moved Sebastian Vollmer to left tackle and second year player Cameron Flemming to right tackle. Special teams ace Matthew Slater appeared to suffer a serious knee injury late in the game. These injuries will bear watching as the Patriots prepare for the Jets next Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
For my audio take of the game you can listen here.