The Week 11 matchup between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on the 18th of November has been moved back from 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET and is one of the games on the NFL’s new flexible scheduling plan this year. Due to the surprise play of the Colts this season, this game will also be televised to a national audience on CBS.
It’s a big chance for the national network to capitalize on the opportunity to showcase two teams with identical records (5-3), even though most of us know that the Patriots are clearly the better team than the over-performing Colts. That’s not to say the Colts are a bad team, but I do think their secondary is actually weaker than New England’s- in addition to other things that the Colts are lacking.
Needless to say, I like Stevan Ridley about ten times more than Donald Brown in this match up due to the fact that the Colts run defense allows opponents to average 4.8 yards per carry. The same amount that Ridley averages (this includes games against much better run defenses like Arizona and Seattle.
Tom Brady has already faced Peyton Manning this season, so it will be interesting to see how the match up plays out against Manning’s heir in Andrew Luck. The Colts new face of the franchise, perhaps, has looked terrific this season and throws a beautiful deep ball. Reggie Wayne has been a huge target for him, as expected, and T.Y Hilton has emerged as well. However, the Colts receivers aren’t the most talented in the league and the 5-3 record is mostly due to Luck’s arm and leadership. In all honesty, I’ve been more impressed with the new Colts signal-caller than I have been with RG3.
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