The 1-3 Indianapolis Colts will travel to New England to take on 2-2 Patriots in the seasons 5th Thursday night matchup. Both teams were coming losses in week 3, and while the Patriots were able to get back on track, the Colts suffered a bad defeat. New England easily dispatched of the previously unbeaten Miami Dolphins with a 38 -7 home victory. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return and his status is questionable for this game. The Colts lost a heartbreaker at home last week falling to the Houston Texans 37-34. They forced overtime after trailing 28 – 10 but couldn’t pull it out as the Texans made 2 field goals in overtime.
The 38 points New England put up against the Dolphins was 8 more than the 30 they scored combined their prior 2 games, which were both losses. Tom Brady had a mixed day as he completed 23 of 35 passes for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns while also throwing 2 interceptions. His favorite target was James White who had 8 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. The team also had a lot of success running the ball gaining 175 yards on 40 carries. Sony Michel led the team with 112 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Defensively, they completely shut the Dolphins offense down as they gained just 156 yards. They forced 2 turnovers with an interception and a fumble recovery and sacked Ryan Tannehill twice. They shut the run game down also as the Dolphins gained just 56 yards on 18 carries.
Adrew luck had the game of his career last week and it still wasn’t enough to get a win. He completed 40 of 62 passes for 464 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Nyheim Hines who had 9 catches for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton also had a nice game with 4 catches for 115 yards. They struggled running the ball gaining just 41 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, they intercepted Deshaun Watson once and sacked him 7 times. They allowed the Texans to gain 119 yards on 35 carries, which is an average of 3.4 yards per run. Through the first quarter of the season the Colts have allowed their opponents to score an average of 25 points per game.
New England will have home field advantage for this game and are favored by 10.5 points. They have gone 2-2 against the spread this season including 2-0 at home. Gronkowski is a vital piece of their offense and if he can’t play, it will be a big loss for them. The Colts have also have gone 2-2 against the spread this season including 2-0 on the road. Gillette stadium will be rocking as the Patriots ended a rare 2 game losing streak last week, while the Colts need to put the game against the Texans behind them and play better defense.