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Patriots Topple Colts to Win Sixth Straight

Tom Brady (12) and squad was spot on once again as the Patriots dominated Indianapolis on Sunday night. Photo - Jack Newton, Wikipedia CC

Tom Brady (12) and squad was spot on once again as the Patriots dominated Indianapolis on Sunday night.
Photo – Jack Newton, Wikipedia CC

Led by running back Jonas Gray, the New England Patriots surged to a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night.

Undrafted out of Notre Dame, Gray had a career night in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns to help propel the Patriots to the win. New England asserted their dominance early with a long, 80-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead behind a potent rushing attack.

The offensive line often had an extra lineman come in to block and pave the way through a softer-than-expected Colts defense. Cameron Fleming, a rookie tackle out of Stanford, would often come in as the sixth lineman/eligible receiver to help block on the runs and he was instrumental in getting those extra yards. The offense also had Rob Gronkowski move inside and block down as well, and featured more runs than passes early on.

Tom Brady had a rough first half, throwing two interceptions and passing for fewer than 100 yards while the Patriots held on to a 14-10 lead going into the second half.

The second half was a different story for Brady, as he connected with both of his tight ends for two throwing scores as he started to open up the play calling. Gray got two more touchdowns in the second half and the offense really steamrolled the Colts in the final 30 minutes.

After all is said and done, this defense looks like one of the best that Bill Belichick has ever had. They routinely stuffed the run and both Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower were flying all over the place. Jonas Gray had over 13 times as many yards as both Indianapolis running backs did combined that night. Hightower has really stepped up his play since Jerod Mayo went down in Buffalo, and is the defensive leader on a team that has many great defensive players.

Darrelle Revis played another outstanding game, limiting both Colts wide receivers to only a handful of catches. Brandon Browner did not have his best game, but he still played well enough that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck stopped throwing his way. Luck had his most success against the Patriots’ secondary when he threw to his third and fourth options, but even that only resulted in 20 points on the night.

The game ball for this game, however, goes to Gronkowski. He played like he typically does, but somehow with even more of a goofy edge than normal. He played on the line and made some key blocks to open up large holes for the running backs. He absolutely destroyed Sergio Brown on a block that went for a touchdown, but got flagged for unnecessary roughness.

“I threw him out of the club,” Gronkowski later said of the block, alleging that Brown had been running his mouth all night (and then on Twitter later). Towards the end of the game, Gronkowski had a tremendous catch and run in which he ran over and away from defenders en route to a 30 yard score. It was classic Gronkowski and we hope to see even more of that in the upcoming weeks.

Next up for the Patriots is the Detroit Lions, whom they play in Foxboro at 1:00 on Sunday. This Lions team is 7-3 and in first place in the NFC North, and should be another good test for the Patriots.

Matt McKay ’16 is a Patriots/NFL beat writer for The Hub. He can be contacted at mckaym@emmanuel.edu.

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