New England travels to Indianapolis this Sunday for one of the most anticipated battles of the season. It was Indianapolis who spawned the ridiculousness that was DeflateGate during the off-season and leading up to last season’s Super Bowl.
Revenge will definitely be on the mind of New England and its future hall-of-fame quarterback. It’s very possible that Tom Terrific circled the date of this game right after he led the Patriots to another Super Bowl win. For Indianapolis, getting back Andrew Luck to play QB is going to be a huge boost to a team that has won 3 games in a row and is once again the top dog in the AFC South.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Deflategate Rematch – New England Patriots Vs Indianapolis Colts
What: New England Patriots (4-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
When: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
Spread: Patriots -7.5
Game Total: Pats -385 Vs Colts +300
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: New England vs Indianapolis
Why Bet On New England (-7.5) to Beat Indianapolis
The Colts have lost their last four meetings to the Patriots by an average of 29 points, and those were all before Deflategate.
New England is an amazing team. DeflateGate turned out to be a horribly ridiculous excuse to try and turn the screws on the Patriots. It all turned out to be a bunch nonsense.
The reason that its nonsense is because deflating balls doesn’t seem to be a precursor to how well Tom Brady throws footballs on the field. Brady had no reason to deflate footballs against the Colts unless you adhere to the fact that he somehow learned how to be perfect with regulation inflated football this season.
Brady so far has thrown 11 touchdowns to no interceptions. He’s thrown for 1387 yards in 4 games. He hasn’t thrown for less than 275 yards in any single game this season. His QB rating for any game this season hasn’t been less than 105.6. Versus the Indianapolis defense in the AFC Championship game last season, Brady threw for 226 yards and 3 touchdowns with only a single pick. He was better in the second half of that 45 to 7 Pats’ win than he was in the first. Brady has revenge on his mind. Expect him to tear up the Indianapolis defense.
Patriots-Colts Sunday in 1st meeting since DeflateGate. How Tom Brady & New England have done in "revenge games": http://t.co/sB8kuRS4AV
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 16, 2015
Why Bet on Indianapolis to Beat New England (-7.5)
Colts are playing at home and will have Luck back.
Indianapolis might be able to start their franchise QB on Sunday night. Andrew Luck has been upgraded from questionable to probable. Although QB Matt Hasselbeck has done a great job spelling Luck, without their star QB the Colts have virtually no chance of upsetting New England.
The Colts allow 286.8 passing yards per game on average. They face the best passing offense in the NFL in New England and Tom Brady on Sunday. The only way for the Colts to keep this game close is to score with New England since the Patriots will put up points.
Hasselbeck is a great game manager, but he doesn’t have the QB skills that Luck has. Luck is going to have to take a lot of chances in this matchup in order to keep Indy in this game. That’s where things will fall apart for the Colts. Luck should protect the ball better against New England than he has so far done this season. But, protecting the ball isn’t the same as keeping the Colts in it versus the Patriots.
Brady is going to push the envelope early and often in this game. He’s going to have a lot of success getting the football to Gronk and Julian Edelman. This matchup figures to end in a blowout. My final score prediction is New England 48, Indianapolis 17.