Indianapolis vs New England, 8:20p, NFLN, (Patriots -10.5, O/U: 50)
It’s the battle of the twelves. Andrew Luck back at it and revitalizing the Colts/Patriots rivalry that once included former Colts great Peyton Manning.
Both leaders will more than likely be without their top receivers (Hilton, Gronkowski) but Brady still would have Chris Hogan, Eric Ebron and newcomer Josh Gordon. The running games for both have been coming along with both introducing rookies into thei backfields, leading their rushing attacks with Hines/Wilkins for the Colts and Michel for the Pats.
The Colts defense has looked improved compared to their most recent seasons and actually are near the pace the Patriots have set themselves this season. The difference maker will be if the Patriots line can stop the defensive front of the Colts since Brady has an obvious lack of mobility. This will be close early but once Brady gets dialed in, expect him to slowly pull away from the not quite 100% Andrew Luck.
There has been a huge uprising in the league this year where games you thought were a lock were turned upside down in the first few minutes. Just when you thought, “ok, maybe this one isn’t such a slam dunk given how hard it’s been to nail bets this year”, not so fast my friend, just a friendly reminder, it’s HARD to win in Gillette Stadium. Take the Patriots to cover in the win and in the under, Patriots 28-17.