New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts - 1/11/14
Indianapolis Colts (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)
NFL Football: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -7 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The Patriots look to advance to the AFC Championship on Saturday night as they host the Indianapolis Colts in Foxboro.
Same old rivalry, new chapter. It what will certainly go down as one of the best personal and team rivalries of the 2000’s the countless battles in the regular season, the playoffs, and in the history books between Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and former Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning were spectacular to watch. While the circumstances remain the same – the Colts and Pats battling for AFC supremacy – the participants are greatly different as there is no Manning, Marvin Harrison, or Edgerrin James and no Rodney Harrison, Corey Dillon, or Randy Moss. However, Andrew Luck and his rendition of the Colts have a shot at taking down Brady and the Patriots and advancing to the AFC Championship in what would be a huge upset. The Colts battled back from 28 points down against the Chiefs last week and eventually snatched victory in the form of a 45-44 final that was a game for the ages. TY Hilton emerged as a go to receiving option and etched his name as a big game performer as he set career highs in catches and receiving yards in the win and he’ll look for a repeat effort against the Patriots on Saturday night.
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New England has been business as usual this season as they notched another AFC East title and earned a first round bye by virtue of finishing second in the AFC, just behind the Broncos. The Patriots are without their top five receiving options from a year ago, have had countless issues holding onto the ball in the ground game, and have a battered and bruised defense yet somehow Brady and Belichick found a way to win 12 football games. Shane Vereen has emerged as a huge threat out of the backfield catching balls and with the way Lagarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley played this year that is probably the best option for the Pats. Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola have become Brady’s favourite targets and they are bound to have great outings as the Colts defense is vulnerable with a ton of holes and with Brady behind centre and Belichick on the sidelines how can you not lean to the Pats here. Andrew Luck is a talented quarterback but they had to storm back from 28 points down at home just to get to New England and now they’re playing against a multiple Super Bowl winner on the road? Doesn’t add up. Taking New England who I think wins by double digits.