October 18th. October 18th. October 18th means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, it may mean a nice morning at church with the family and then some apple picking. For others, it could mean a family brunch at their favorite local diner, followed by shopping for Halloween costumes. For Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck, it represents an evening of vengeance. They’ve had their passports ready and cash on person since the schedule was announced to get out of the country for a few days after the onslaught that will take place this Sunday night. As we all know, this sorry Colts organization and team cried wolf to the NFL and started the entire (miserably failed) sting-op the general public knows as “Deflategate”.
For Indy coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson, October 18th means firing up the platinum LinkedIn accounts and hitting the local job fairs. Come to think about it, Brady needs two new ball boys right? I’m sure we could fudge some resumes and get Chucky and Ry the credentials for the job. At least an interview. For the state of Indiana, it means maximizing security outside of every pharmaceutical store/company within 200 miles of the Irsay residence. Jimmy may end of having “one of those nights”.
Bender like you read about. Hopefully he’ll wake up by Thanksgiving.
“Join The Movement Today!” These guys never fail to impress… Just one thing though, the Colts play in a dome. This means no one would see this “blimp” and all their “cunning creativity” is completely and utterly negated. Aw, shucks! Swing and a miss!
This one’s just food for thought. No pun intended.
While everyone is extremely hyped for this game, don’t get it wrong.
This is absolutely not a rivalry.
The Patriots have completely emasculated this Colts team for the last decade plus, and the blowouts have reached new heights since 2010. First, it was the Manning led Colts whining about physical defense.
Next, the Luck led crew complaining about PSI of footballs in a game won by 38. I’m curious to see what these guys have cooked up for this weekend. On that note, let’s take it around the table and see what the BBS crew thinks about Sunday…
Tom Brady: Over/Under 300 yards passing?
Niko: WAY OVER. I may be in the minority here, but I think we come out slinging it Sunday. For as bad as the Colts’ run defense has been in years past, the 2015 unit is actually marginally improved. The same can’t be said for the pass D, which has been shredded week in and week out by horrendous quarterbacks, most recently Brian Hoyer (24/31 312 yards, 2 TDs). Brady’s going to be surgical.
Pete: I have to agree with Niko on this one. The Colts are expecting the Patriots to run all over the field come Sunday. Thats what they have been doing every single time they have met the Colts with Andrew Luck as their quarterback. Couple that with a TERRIBLE Indy secondary and the Patriots will be in business. OVER.
Spence: Easily. I think Tom will throw for 300 with his main receiving target being Jim McNally "The Deflator".
Andrew Luck: Over/Under 250 yards passing?
Niko: I’ll say OVER. Not going to be pretty for Andrew, as I think the pass rush will be in his grill all day long, but they’re going to abandon the run early.
Pete: When you're down by 40 points, you're only hope is to throw the ball. While Andrew Luck may statistically have a good day, he will struggle. They Colts haven't faced a team like the Patriots since last year in the AFC Championship game. Couple that with Luck's nagging shoulder and you can expect quite a few Indy interceptions come Sunday night. OVER
Spence: I think he will go over only because all they will do is throw. I think the 250 passing yards will be accompanied with a few INT's.
LeGarrette Blount: Over/Under 80 yards rushing?
Niko: UNDER, but right in the neighborhood. Blount will close this one out, but like I said before, I don’t expect the running game to be the weapon of choice.
Pete: I hope to God it is UNDER. I may be in the minority here, but I HATE Blount running the football. I can think off the top of my head 3 times last game where his hesitation at the line of scrimmage was the difference between a 2 yard play and a 15 yard play. I am #TeamDion.
Spence: Over here, I think Blount as he always has will annihilate the Colts defense and end up with a huge game.
Frank Gore: Over/Under 70 yards rushing?
Niko: UNDER. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Indy is going to try to control the clock with Gore early, but once they are down 14-0 six minutes in, that plan doesn’t look so applicable.
Pete: At some point Indy will just have to admit defeat, right? Well, at that time, Gore should get the mop up duty. I am going to go OVER, but I don't think it will effect the game at all.
Spence: Under. Its safe to say that leaving San Francisco after his whole career for Indianapolis was a bad career move and life move in general.
Dion Lewis: Over/Under 95 yards from scrimmage?
Niko: OVER. Dion’s my man. Colts linebackers can’t cover either… like, at all.
Pete: See my previous thought's in regards to Blount vs. Lewis. OVER.
Spence: Over easily.
Julian Edelman: Over/Under 8.5 catches, 85 yards?
Niko: OVER on both. Heavy dose of Jules Sunday night. Colts top corners Vontae Davis/Greg Toler don’t match up well at all with JE. Goodluck to their nickel guy if that’s the route they go.
Pete: Out of everyone not named Tom Brady come Sunday night, Julian Edelman may be the most fired up. This dude HATES the Colts and I think it is going to show in his stats. OVER, and I think that he is going to score a touchdown.
Spence: Edelman has been on a tear all season. I think he will get a minimum of 10 catches.
TY Hilton/Donte Montcrief: Over/Under 4.5 catches, 65 yards receiving?
Niko: One of these guys will be OVER on both. The other one will be UNDER on both. I’ll say Hilton hits, Montcrief doesn’t. I think Brown will get the first look at Hilton, with McCourty/Harmon help over the top, and Butler matches up with Montcrief.
Pete: Have to agree with Niko on this one. But man do I wish Reggie Wayne re-signed with the Colts after we let his old behind go. Imagine Butler talking smack to Wayne ALL GAME LONG? Reggie might have retired by halftime.
Spence: Over on both. I think both of my colleagues couldn't have said it any better.
Rob Gronkowski: Over/Under 90 yards, 1.5 touchdowns?
Niko: OVER, OVER. Gronk’s going to eat.
Pete: The Cowboys surprisingly rendered Gronk ineffective last Sunday. However, Gronk doesn't need to catch 10 balls for 120 yards with 2 TDs to be an important part in the offense. His mere presence alone needs to be accounted for by every single defense that goes up against him. In this game, the Colts have no one that can cover someone like Gronk. OVER on both.
Spence: Over on both. I think Gronk was saving up his energy last week against Dallas for this game. Expect him to be a huge factor.
Game Total: Over/Under 55 points?
Niko: OVER. If this were “Pats total”, I’d take the over.
Pete: See above. Boomshakalaka.
Spence: Over for the just the Pats.
Niko: Patriots Punter Ryan Allen inactive. Lack of need.
Pete: Chuck Pagano starts to cry on the sidelines. Andrew Luck wipes up his tears with his horrendous amish beard.
Spence: Jim McNally gets a few reps in at wide receiver.
Niko: I’ll take the conservative approach and say 51-17, Pats.
Pete: I'll say 56-23. All touchdowns from the Pats. Field Goals are for losers.
Spence: 50-14. I wouldn't be surprised if we put up 60 points here but I will also take the conservative approach.
“I am a human”-Tom Brady
October 14, 2015
Maybe everyone’s right. Maybe Tom is a liar.
Pray for Indy.