NFL Playoffs 2014: Like Always, Colts' Trent Richardson Will Have No Impact

By Devin O'Barr
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The Indianapolis Colts trek to Foxborough and face the New England Patriots this weekend in what most are calling the young vs. old quarterback dual. Tom Brady of the Patriots has more Super Bowl rings than Andrew Luck has NFL seasons under his belt as this is easily the biggest contest of Luck’s career and both teams are set to really air it out in the Divisional Round.

Injuries to the Colts’ secondary are well-documented as the Kansas City Chiefs were able to march downfield at will against Indianapolis this past Saturday. Also, Brady has had nearly two weeks to prepare for this game and will come out firing against a Colts’  defense that just yielded 44 points to a Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs team.

On the Colts’ side of things; folks in Indianapolis and across the nation still believe in running back Trent Richardson. And I just can’t understand why. Each and every week, someone predicts Richardson for a “breakout game,” yet the only thing we’ve seen in Indy is disappointment. So while the Patriots’ depleted run defense might sound like a good matchup for Richardson — it’s not because this second-year running back just isn’t that good.

In his last two games, Richardson has a combined eight carries! And in those rushes, the Colts’ running back has a grand total 25 yards and a fumble. NFL fans try to make everything so complicated sometimes, so here’s what you need to know about the Colts vs. Patriots game this weekend as it pertains to Richardson: Indianapolis will not win because of Richardson, yet it will not lose because of Richardson because the running back is a non-factor in every sense of the word!

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