As Sunday Night Football came to Lucas Oil Stadium so did the New England Patriots in a game that many thought would be a shoot out. The Colts manged to hang with the Pats until about eight minutes remained in the 4th quarter when the Patriots delivered numerous knockout punches. The Colts (6-4) played from behind all night and had no answer for unproven running back Jonas Gray. The Patriots were the superior team last night with a convincing victory, 42-20.
This game could have gotten out of hand a lot earlier as New England was playing some dominant football but Tom Brady’s two first half interceptions kept Indy alive and in the mix going into the locker room at halftime. It looked like things were setting up for one of those famous Andrew Luck comebacks but the offense lacked consistency and the defense failed to show up.
Jonas Gray rushed for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns and was absolutely dominant and made the defense look silly. The Colts running game? Well, that’s a different story. As much as Pep Hamilton might not want to admit it – the Colts are a pass-first team. That is understandable when we have the receivers like Wayne, Hilton, Fleener, and Nicks with a QB like Luck. I’m fine with that roster being a pass-first team, but you have to be able to utilize the running game to set up the passing game. Which obviously did not happen considering the Colts racked up a total of 19 yards…
Midway through the fourth quarter with New England leading 35-20 and the ball was in Luck’s hands which symbolized there was still hope. But instead, the Colts went 4-and-out with a turnover on downs. The Pats got the ball back and delivered one final dagger with a 26-yard TD pass from Brady to Gronkowski.
If a game like this couldn’t be bad enough, the Colts now have to worry about status of Bradshaw going forward as he went down in the 4th quarter with an apparent broken left ankle. Bradshaw would not speak to reporters about it but a pair of crutches, sunglasses, and a protective boot on his ankle is enough to make Colts fans worry about the running back position. Bradshaw will have an MRI sometime Monday so we can only hope and pray for the best.
No more negativity – lets finally look at the bright spots from last night. Coby Fleener was playing some football last night! He caught 7 passes (surprisingly, no drops) and racked up 144 yards. One play Fleener came up with a 45-yard reception.
Now, we must focus on the next game – the Colts host the Jaguars, which should be a cakewalk to say the least.