Patriots vs. Colts: 5 bold predictions
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Speaking of sacks, Brady will be more or less untouched in this game. The Colts have been terrible generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks thus far, racking up just six sacks in five games—only the Miami Dolphins have less than that.
Meanwhile, the Patriots’ offensive line is coming off its worst performance of the season having surrendered five sacks to the Cowboys in just the first half last week. To make matters worse, Nate Solder tore his bicep in that game and has since been placed on injured reserve, ending his season and forcing the Patriots to make some quick adjustments to Brady’s blind side.
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However, there is no reason to ring the alarm. The Pats will either shift Sebastian Vollmer from right tackle to assume Solder’s position, or they will plug-in capable backup Marcus Cannon into the starting left tackle role. A Week 6 matchup against an underwhelming Indy pass rush ought to serve as a good testing ground for what the Patriots will do; either way, they will keep Brady off the LucasOil turf just about every time he steps back to pass.
This won’t be the case next week against the New York Jets, but on Sunday, Brady won’t get sacked.
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