The New England Patriots have won three straight games, but the vibe in Foxborough is hardly a positive one. On top of losing All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski for the year due to a torn ACL and MCL; the Patriots are also trying to rectify their first-half sluggishness that has been put on display all season long. For instance, the Patriots are the first NFL team since the 2000 Kansas City Chiefs to have a 10+ point comeback in three straight weeks.
Fortunately, an onside kick here and a Tom Brady touchdown there has allowed New England to rattle off three straight wins despite the club’s first-half blunders. However, some NFL teams just aren’t that fortunate as Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have dropped three of their last five games. The Colts’ first-half statistics are absolutely horrid. On the season, the Colts have been outscored by 67 points in the first half. And since Reggie Wayne suffered a torn ACL in Week 9, the Colts have scored 24 first-half points while the opposition has mustered 114 points. Being minus 90 in the first half is unheard of!
So as the playoffs steadily approach, keep an eye on both the Patriots and the Colts as each of these squads have been dreadful in the first half of games. The Patriots might be able to squeak past the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis can rebound to beat the Houston Texans all it wants; but neither of those teams are postseason worthy and the playoffs are a totally different story.