With yet another AFCCG between the Colts and Patriots fast approaching, it is time to dissect the manner in which the Colts will be, once again, turned into high grade dog food. I’ve been on a blogging hiatus, what with having an adult job and what not but I can’t resist a good storyline like this. One where my favorite football team obliterates a once great, longtime rival.
Let’s get right into it. First after a great warm-up game against the Ravens, the Pats O-line is going to be phenomenal this Sunday. Pass protection, run blocking, you name it and the Pats O-line is going to be firing on all pistons. It has everything to do with them playing against one of the premiere front 7s in the NFL last week. Ngata, Suggs, Upshaw. They might not be in their prime anymore but its still an impressive feat that the Patriots front five only let up 2 sacks. Now they are up against hobbits in comparison. The Pats offense is going to put up roughly a million points. Roughly.
In all honesty though, I’m far more excited to watch the Pats defense. Aside from T.Y. Hilton and Andrew Luck the Colts offense is horseshit. Perhaps my favorite “hype headline” this week was along the lines of. “Is Hakeem Nicks the Colts weapon X?”. As a Patriots fan I haven’t forgotten the tragic Super Bowl where Hakeem Nicks loaded his cleats with flubber and stomped on my heart. This is not the same Hakeem Nicks. When you are in the same conversation as Griff Whalen and Donte Moncrief, I have a hot 0% respect for you.
Finally, the last time the Pats played the Colts Chandler Jones was not present. He is an animal. The pass rush against the Ravens may have been non existent but Jones’ athleticism will certainly help contain a wily Luck. I’d also like to point out that the Colts had a whopping 19 yards rushing last time these teams faced off. Daniel Herron is not going to be the man to change that.
Two things I want to address. One is an absurd headline I keep hearing: Is Andrew Luck overrated? The answer is absofuckinglutely not. Look at his team. Look at it. Donte Moncrief, Hakeem “I’m all washed up” Nicks, Daniel Herron. Aside from Fleener and Hilton, Andrew Luck has nothing. He doesn’t even have Belichick. He has Chuck Pagano, who, to me, seems like he kind of bumbles his way into victories. “Oh Andrew scored a TD. Well would you look at that, we actually won another game. Astounding.” So no. Andrew Luck is exactly as advertised. He puts the team on his back and carries them all the way to victory day in and day out. Without Luck that team is still 2-14.
Secondly, a lot of people are sucking the Colts off because they beat the Broncos. Let’s be quite clear here. They did not beat the Broncos. Peyton Manning and John Fox’s sheer ineptitude beat the Broncos. CJ Anderson was averaging well over 4 yards a carry and should have just been forced fed the ball most of the game. Peyton Manning had a TORN quad. Torn. Not strained. It doesn’t take a genius to play bump and run against the Broncos and force an injured Manning to try and throw into tight spaces (or in Emmanuel Sanders case, wide fucking open spaces).
Pats win 38-14. Count on it.