Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cover32: New England Patriots - Indianapolis Colts Game Preview at What to Watch For On Both Sides of the Ball:


The New England Patriots are facing the Indianapolis Colts tonight in Foxboro, MA. The AFC divisional round game features two star quarterbacks wearing number twelve. One is a three-time Super Bowl champion; the other is the former number one overall pick and a de-facto future star of the NFL. Both Tom Brady and Andrew Luck are looking to take another step forward in their legacies with tonight’s game.
The Colts are coming off of their dramatic Wild Card Weekend win over the Kansas City Chiefs, in which they overcame a 28-point deficit to pull out the improbable victory. The Patriots have had a bye week in which to get their team as healthy as possible in preparation for a playoff run. In what is expected to be a wet and windy game, the quarterbacks will have significant impact on the final verdict as to who move forward to play in the AFC Championship Game.
When New England has the ball
The Patriots’ offense has been evolving throughout the 2013 season. Losing tight end Aaron Hernandez and letting running back Danny Woodhead and wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker leave has changed the offense dramatically compared to the 2012 version. New England was also without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski for an extended period of time this season. The offense continued to struggle early in the season as free agent wide receiver Danny Amendola missed time and was visibly hampered by injury when he returned. Add in the loss of receiving running back Shane Vereen and most key weapons were on the sidelines.
After a short stretch with the key players returning to the field, the team had to adjust the offense again when losing Gronkowski for the season. Since then, the Patriots’ offense has been operating with power running look. With big back LeGarrette Blount stepping in as the lead running back, the Patriots’ offense has been often loading up with blocking tight ends and fullback James Develin.
While running back Stevan Ridley has run effectively in the last quarter of the season, his reduced role has seen LeGarrette Blount literally and figuratively take the ball and run with it. With injuries to the core of rookie wide receivers in the second half of the season, the Patriots’ passing offense has seemingly focused solely on wide receiver Julian Edelman when passing the ball.
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MusketFire: 3 Key Match-ups Colts Offense vs Patriots Defense

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The New England Patriots face theIndianapolis Colts on Saturday night in a home playoff game for the right to go to the AFC Championship Game.  After a week of rest and a chance to get some players as healthy as possible, New England has the comeback Colts in their sights. Following their 28 point comeback against theKansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs, Indianapolis is riding high in the saddle.

New England has a tough matchup on their hands as they face a Colts team brimming with confidence.  The Colts are led by a young, hungry superstar with a number of regular season late game heroics under his belt. Quarterback Andrew Luck now has a huge postseason win on his resume and expectations are sky high. For New England to slow down the red hot Colts, there are a few key match-ups that need to be won to have success and win to move on to the AFC Championship Game.

Below is a look at three key matchups of the Colts’ offense versus the Patriots’ defense that will will be indicators to which side comes out victorious on Saturday night.


1. In a homecoming of sorts, two former Boston College offensive linemen are back in the Boston area. Unfortunately for Colts tackles for Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus they have a difficult day ahead of them on Saturday night. Lining up opposite the two former Eagles are Patriots defensive ends Rob Ninkovich & Chandler Jones and their 19.5 combined here for much more: New England Patriots’ Top 2019 NFL Draft Picks Show Evolution on Both Sides of the Ball

The New England Patriots may have tipped their hand with their first two 2019 NFL Draft picks. Choosing a bigger, more aggressive outside-...