5 Reasons Why New England Patriots Will Beat Indianapolis Colts
5 Reasons Why Patriots Will Beat Colts
When it comes to the New England Patriots, this postseason is certainly more intriguing than any other in recent memory. There have been so many injuries to key players on both sides the ball that it is hard to tell which Patriots team we are going to get on Saturday night. The Indianapolis Colts are no pushovers either.
It seems like the Colts have had a good run of quarterbacks lately. Andrew Luck has looked almost exactly like Peyton Manning over his first two seasons of play. While he may not consistently light up the stat sheet, there is no denying that Luck is a winner (22-10 in the regular season, 1-1 in the postseason).
Luck has talent around him as well. T.Y. Hilton has emerged as one of the best deep threats in the NFL. Meanwhile, Donald Brown has shown why he was a first-round pick in 2009. Coby Fleener is starting to produce like a solid receiving tight end, and you can never count out Da’Rick Rogers, who would have been a first-round pick if he did not have major character concerns.
The defense is definitely not as talented as the offense, but there are still a few fixtures. Robert Mathis led the league in sacks during the regular season as he is finally playing rush linebacker. Jerrell Freeman is one of the more underrated inside linebackers around right now. Vontae Davis has always had the talent to be a No. 1 cornerback, and he has been showing it this season.
However, football is a team game, so the Patriots will have to be the better team on Saturday night. Here are five reasons why the Patriots will be just that.
5. Jamie Collins Can Help Cover Coby Fleener
Fleener has been the No. 2 option in the passing game, so it will require an athletic linebacker to cover him. That is exactly what Collins is.
4. Julian Edelman Can Beat Any of the Colts Corners
Either Darius Butler or Josh Gordy will probably cover Edelman, and neither one is a match for his quickness.
3. Chandler Jones Can Pressure Andrew Luck
Luck must get good pass protection for the Colts to win. Unfortunately for him, Jones has emerged as one of the better pass rushers in the league.
2. Tom Brady Can Expose Colts' Secondary
It does not matter how many pass catchers Brady has lost. If Alex Smith can do what he did to the Colts defense, then Brady is fully capable of producing as long as he attacks the secondary.
1. Aqib Talib Can Eliminate T.Y. Hilton
Hilton was the one of the reasons that the Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs, so Talib must take him out of this game. And Talib is one of the best cornerbacks around, so he should have no trouble with that.