The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots will both be playing a motivated brand of football on Sunday Night Football from Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 6. The Colts will be hoping that Andrew Luck is healthy enough to play and that he can get TY Hilton, Frank Gore and the rest of the Indianapolis offense back to its former glory and out of the funk they’ve been in to start the season. Contrarily, Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and the rest of the high-powered Patriots offense will be looking to keep rolling like they have over their first four games and subsequent victories of the 2015 season.
Details for Sunday’s game are below:
Keys to Victory
It’d be great to say that the Colts need to play out of their minds on defense in this game, but that just seems relatively out of the question when you get down to it. Their defense isn’t capable of slowing down this Patriots offense. Instead, the Colts need to find their rhythm offensively, hopefully with Luck back in the lineup. They’ve been shaky behind porous offensive line play to start 2015, but we’ve seen what this offense is capable of in past seasons in Luck’s hands. They’ll need to get back to those heights to have a chance at handing New England their first loss of the year.
For the Pats, it once again shouldn’t be a problem for them to move the ball against a pretty lackluster Colts defense. However, the key for them to me in this game is not taking their foot off of the gas pedal once they get going. That’s not something that’s really a problem for this team all that often, but with Luck’s proven ability to make games interesting with comebacks, the Patriots need to try and avoid that situation altogether. If and when they get ahead big, they need to keep rolling and not try to coast to the finish.
Point Spread: New England Patriots -10
Moneyline: New England Patriots -500, Indianapolis Colts +350
Even if the Colts offense comes out and looks the best it has all season, I don’t think it’s enough for them to keep up with this New England offense against a shaky-at-best defense. This one could get out of hand pretty quick in favor of the road team.
Final Score: Indianapolis Colts: 21, New England Patriots: 45