5 Reasons Pats fans should be confident about Saturday

#5 – A Well Balanced Patriots Attack
While it’s been said Tom Brady has “no real offensive weapons” he was able to put up very respectable if not MVP type numbers considering the circumstances. Tom Brady was able to complete 60.5% of his passes for 4,343 yards with 25 td’s to only 11 interceptions. To put those numbers in perspective as I stated they were “MVP” type numbers he has done this with the off season losses of Wes Welker (Denver Broncos) & Aaron Hernandez (Dartmouth H.O.C). Also his #1 target and safety blanket Rob Gronkowski missed the start and finish of the season with a back injury and leg injury respectively. Also mix in the time missed by others like Danny Ammendola , Aaron Dobson, and Shane Vereen amongst others. We have also seen that the Patriots can effectively run the ball if need be with the newest addition to the backs Legarette Blount who had 772 rushing yards with 8 touchdowns this season. Out of his 772 yards his past few games have shown the Patriots and NFL he can carry a team with a solid game vs the Ravens and an all time great game vs the Bills in the season finale ( 189 rushing yards 2 touchdowns to go along with 145 return yards). It’s not just a one man show as Steven Ridley was able to put up 773 yards and 7 touchdowns despite missing time due to fumble-itus and the always dangerous Shane Vereen catching passes out of the backfield.
#4- The Colts Are One Dimensional
Unlike the Patriots the Colts are entirely a one dimensional team. They are a mediocre passing team ranking in the middle of every statistic offensively regarding the pass and in the lower end of the league in regards to rushing the ball. The Colts avg. 232.8 passing yards/per game (17th in the NFL) and an anemic 108.9 yards/game rushing (21st in the NFL). Even with the addition of former top 10 pick Trent Richardson the Colts have not been able to rush the ball consistently all year. Richardson finished the season with a mere 563 yards and 3 touchdowns while coughing up the ball 2 times (and once last week vs the Chiefs). While they can strike quickly with their fast receivers it is looking like a bad weather game (60% chance of rain 16 mph winds Saturday night) which means they will have to run the ball which has proven a weakness for the Colts.
#3- Patriots had time to rest and heal
With all the injuries the Patriots have suffered this season the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for them. Guys like Aquib Talib (hip injury) , Aaron Dobson (foot), Shane Vereen (groin) amongst many others were given the chance to take it a little easy and get healthier for this weeks game which can only benefit the Patriots.
#2 – Gilette Stadium
The New England Patriots are a perfect 8-0 at home this season (knock on wood) while the Colts are a mediocre 5-3 on the road. The Colts have had some big wins this season against good competition but have also been wildly inconsistent and suffered some horrific losses. For example the Colts were blown out by the Bengals (48-28) and the Cardinals (40-11) both on the road. While the Patriots aren’t perfect at home (having to have some amazing comebacks against a few teams like the Broncos and Browns) they seemingly derive from the Foxboro crowd and just find a way to win.
#1- Andrew Luck
Yes I understand Luck might very well be seamed the next big thing for NFL QB’s but this game Saturday isn’t about the future it’s about the here and now and right now Andrew Luck is inconsistent just like the Colts. All season Luck has been able to cut his interceptions in half from last year (18..just think about that for a second I’ll wait)… to this year (9 much better) this isn’t the regular season anymore. With that being said Andrew Luck in one playoff game this season has thrown 1/3 of the interceptions he had all season (3 last game). In 2 career playoff games Luck has thrown for over 600 yards with 4 touchdowns 4 interceptions and a fumble with a 1-1 record. While the Colts got “Lucky” last week if he continues to play like history shows Indianapolis will be heading back home for a long off season again. Even with the remarkable comeback last week you can’t expect the Patriots who are known to make other teams beat themselves while they play sound football to let Luck get away with turnovers like he did against the Chiefs. All this being said I have the Patriot winning 34-23 at home this week heading back to the AFC championship game yet again.

Brendan Nadeau
Twitter- @Brennadeau

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