|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.6||3-0||0-3||23.0||11.0||444.0||(6.4)||1.0||14.3||10.0||347.0||(6.2)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||20.7||11.2||23.7||32:01||28-109||(3.9)||23-40||57.5%||278||(6.9)||69-387||(5.6)||(18.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.6||11.4||21.1||32:06||29-120||(4.2)||22-37||61.1%||242||(6.6)||66-362||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Offense Road Games||19.0||10.0||24.2||30:08||26-103||(4)||22-38||58.2%||264||(6.9)||64-367||(5.7)||(19.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.3||12.3||20.2||28:31||26-119||(4.7)||21-33||63.1%||231||(7)||59-351||(6)||(15.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||20.5||9.7||17.9||29:39||25-104||(4.1)||20-34||59.3%||205||(6)||59-309||(5.2)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||24.7||14.5||22.0||31:04||28-129||(4.5)||21-32||63.8%||235||(7.2)||61-364||(6)||(14.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7||-1.0||15-6||43.6%||1-1||83.3%||2-50||(20.3)||2-14||(7.9)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.6||1.9||14-5||38.9%||1-1||63.3%||2-59||(24.2)||20-2||(8.8)||7-57|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.7||1.2||3.0||-2.0||11-3||31.8%||1-1||100.0%||3-53||(16.3)||1-9||(9.2)||4-33|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.4||0.2||0.7|| ||12-5||37.3%||1-0||50.0%||2-54||(25.7)||2-16||(8.5)||8-84|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||35.3%||1-0||48.3%||3-74||(25.2)||22-2||(10.4)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.7||0.2||1.0|| ||11-4||35.6%||1-0||66.7%||1-32||(21.5)||0-10||(21)||8-84|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||1-2||3-0||37.0||22.7||400.3||(5.8)||0.3||21.3||11.3||403.3||(6.1)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||33.2||17.3||28.8||31:14||34-146||(4.3)||26-40||64.5%||284||(7.1)||74-430||(5.8)||(13)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.2||12||21.3||31:16||29-128||(4.4)||21-34||61.3%||226||(6.6)||64-354||(5.6)||(14.7)|
|Offense Home Games||28.7||15.7||28.2||31:21||35-147||(4.1)||25-39||63.7%||242||(6.2)||75-390||(5.2)||(13.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.3||9.8||21.8||29:36||26-97||(3.8)||24-37||66.0%||286||(7.8)||63-383||(6.1)||(17.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||10.8||19||29:29||27-115||(4.3)||21-34||61.2%||221||(6.6)||60-336||(5.6)||(15.2)|
|Defense Home Games||24.5||10.0||24.7||30:32||28-111||(3.9)||25-38||66.4%||272||(7.2)||66-383||(5.8)||(15.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.3||0.4||0.8||1.8||14-7||49.6%||0-0||33.3%||2-57||(23.3)||2-22||(9.8)||6-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||40.8%||1-0||57.2%||2-59||(24.4)||23-2||(9.8)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.2||0.5||0.7||1.7||15-8||52.5%||0-0||0.0%||4-90||(23.9)||2-15||(8.7)||7-58|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||1.4||2.6|| ||12-6||44.6%||1-1||45.5%||3-67||(21.4)||1-8||(8.1)||7-65|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||37.5%||1-1||57.3%||3-67||(25.5)||25-2||(11)||7-58|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.5||2.0||2.5|| ||13-6||49.1%||1-0||66.7%||3-65||(21.7)||1-6||(6.2)||8-67|
|Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 16.9, NEW ENGLAND 18.7|
|10/14/2012||@ NY JETS||9-35||L||3||L||44||P||17-41||22-44-257||4||44-252||12-19-99||0|
|11/18/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/18/2012||INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/22/2012||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/10/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|INDIANAPOLIS: There's been a lot of turnover with the Colts, and it should be evident in the new look of their running game. Offensive line coach Harold Goodwin, who came over from Pittsburgh with new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, is versed in more of a power man-blocking scheme. Indy will try to be much more physical up front as opposed to past years. It will be a huge adjustment for their smallish o-line. Delone Carter would seem to be a better fit for their new style than Donald Brown, but Brown's more well-rounded skill set will likely make this at least a time share. Carter seems likely to get the first crack at goal-line carries. Andrew Luck essentially ran his own offense at Stanford and did it with surprising balance. This offense will feature a lot of timing routes and the Colts figure to install a two-tight end base after drafting Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen in the top 70. Fleener may be their top deep threat, stretching the middle of the field for Reggie Wayne (who will be Luck's No. 1 target). Arians ran a lot of deep crossing routes in Pittsburgh, but Donnie Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton are Indy's only WRs with speed. Luck figures to get a little more freedom in the red zone than the typical rookie quarterback. The Colts don't have the line to really get a push in a short field, so they'll have to get creative. Fleener and Wayne are both capable red zone targets. The Colts defense was atrocious in 2011, and they could be just as bad this season. Andrew Luck might lower Indy's time on the defensive end of the field (NFL-high 33:46 per game last year), but this is a unit with a bunch of holes to patch up, and Indy focused more on offensive improvements in the draft. Dwight Freeney will shift to outside linebacker this season with Indy switching to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano'although it will be adjustment for the veteran, he should be an effective pass rusher as long as he remains healthy. The undersized Pat Angerer made a lot of tackles last season after moving to middle LB in Week 2, and he'll be the team's primary run-stopper in Pagano's 3-4. Antoine Bethea is more effective in run support than he is in pass coverage, and his contributions will be key playing behind an undermanned front seven that will be transitioning to a new scheme. |
|NEW ENGLAND: Josh McDaniels returns to the role of offensive coordinator'he called plays for New England in 2007, a record-setting year for Tom Brady and the offense. But while he was gone the Patriots got more comfortable running the ball. Last year they ended up being middle of the pack in terms of run/pass split (41/59 vs. NFL average of 43/57). There will be plenty of work for the backs. The Patriots run a wide range of blocking schemes, but McDaniels strongly prefers a power scheme. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are expected to split duties as the primary ball carriers, and Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai will likely get spot duty on third downs. The Patriots use spread principles. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez are utilized frequently out of the slot underneath, while Rob Gronkowski is used as a field stretcher working up the seam. The return of McDaniels and addition of Brandon Lloyd means more deep shots. Lloyd is familiar with the playbook from his days under McDaniels in Denver and was very impressive during off-season workouts. Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney will primarily stay outside for spacing. The backs have been marginalized in the passing game with the emergence of Hernandez, but Woodhead is typically targeted a couple of times every week. While Gronkowski is frequently Brady's first option from about 10 yards out, they tend to use play-action and utilize Hernandez once they're closer to the goal line. The Patriots allow gobs of yardage, especially through the air, but they will also force a lot of turnovers and don't allow as many points as you'd expect of a defense that surrenders so many yards. DT Vince Wilfork is a monster in the middle, and the team is expected to have a better pass rush in 2012 with the expected contributions from rookies Chandler Jones and Donta' Hightower. Jerod Mayo was limited by a knee injury through most of 2011. As a three-down player who excels at stopping the run, there's no reason he can't top 100 solo tackles, even playing the weak side when New England uses a 4-3 look. Brandon Spikes was also slowed by a knee injury during most of 2011, but bounced back for an impressive 26 total tackles in three post-season games. Patrick Chung was en route to a career year statistically before a foot injury derailed him. He's at his best in the box, but is instinctive enough in pass coverage to make up for some of New England's deficiencies on the corners. If Mayo, Spikes and Chung can all remain healthy in 2012, the Patriots defense has a chance to be vastly improved. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (INDIANAPOLIS-NEW ENGLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Colts-Patriots Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
After a one-year hiatus, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots are again playing a game that matters for both teams.
Just like it was for most of the past decade when the two franchises dominated the AFC, there will be plenty at stake on Sunday when the Patriots face the Colts at Gillette Stadium.
Indianapolis and New England have met 13 times, including three in the postseason, since Tom Brady made his first NFL start against the Colts in 2001.
But they've met only once when both teams did not have a winning record. That came last season, when Peyton Manning missed the campaign after neck surgery and Indianapolis was 0-11.
This year, with rookie Andrew Luck leading the offense, the surprising Colts (6-3) have made a rapid return to playoff contention with a four-game winning streak heading into Sunday.
Luck has done just about everything Indianapolis asked in his first season, completing 208 of 362 attempts and ranking eighth in the NFL with 2,631 yards while throwing 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
After he was picked off three times in his first game, the 2012 No. 1 overall pick has thrown more than one interception just once in his last eight contests.
Luck, who had an NFL rookie record 433 yards against Miami earlier this month, went 18 for 26 for 227 yards with an interception and a fumble versus Jacksonville on Nov. 8. However, he found another way to get it done with two rushing scores in a 27-10 victory.
Luck has run for 159 yards and five touchdowns, ranking among the league's top rushing quarterbacks.
"He's gotten better each week," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "He does a real good job of avoiding the rush but also keeping his eyes downfield and not just pulling the ball down and trying to run or kind of panicking in the pocket. He has a lot of poise."
Reggie Wayne has enjoyed a rebirth with Luck under center, ranking first in the NFL with 7.7 receptions per game and second in the league with 103.4 yards per contest.
The Luck-Wayne tandem could prove a tough matchup for a New England defense that has had trouble limiting big plays. The Patriots (6-3) rank near the bottom of the NFL with 285.3 yards per game and 19 touchdowns allowed through the air.
New England gave up another 337 yards and two touchdowns to Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick in a 37-31 shootout win on Sunday. They also allowed a franchise-record 35 first downs and 481 total yards.
New England should get help from cornerback Aqib Talib, who is expected to debut with his new team after he was acquired from Tampa Bay on Nov. 1.
Luck, though, believes the Patriots will try to come after him.
"They have very good edge rushers on the sides," Luck said. "They do get to the quarterback and even if it's not a sack, they sort of harass, force a quarterback out of the pocket. So, that'll be a focus all week."
While its defense remains a big concern, New England has no such issues on offense, a unit that leads the NFL in points (33.2) and yards per game (430.3). The Patriots have averaged 37.0 points during a three-game win streak that has them in position for a fourth straight AFC East title.
Brady didn't have his best performance on Sunday, completing 23 of 38 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. But the two-time MVP completed at least 60 percent of his passes for the 10th straight game.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski continues to one of Brady's favorite targets, with 17 catches for 255 yards and five touchdowns in the last three games.
The Patriots have also found success on the ground, rushing for 400 yards during their winning streak. Stevan Ridley has come on strong with 225 yards and two TDs on 37 carries in his last two games.
Although the Colts have held opponents to 14.0 points over the last four games, those opponents - Cleveland, Tennessee, Miami and Jacksonville - have some of the league's weakest offenses.
New England has won two straight at home against the Colts, including last year's 31-24 victory.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:21:43 AM EST|