As everyone here in New England knows, the Patriots will be taking on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday night on primetime TV. The Colts, as it has been well documented, are the team that started the big ‘ol lie that spiraled into what became known as “deflategate”.
Now there have been many, including myself, who have been begging the Patriots to come out and slaughter the rest of league, but as fun as that is to talk about, in reality, the game simply does not work that way.
The Patriots must be sure to not come out of the gate and be too overemotional to start off the game. They have to play with the same poise, and calmness that they do week in and week out. As we have seen so far this year, playing angry is not always a successful formula for winning a football game.
During the matchup with the Bills this year, we saw the Patriots implement this tactic in the second half. What happened, well, it wasn’t exactly what one would call, “good”. Despite being up by a large margin, the Patriots continued to operate out of a five wide offense, and slowly, but surely, almost gave up the lead.
The Patriots ended up winning, but the won despite their play calling towards the latter part of the game. They got carried away with running up the score, and rather than just playing the way they had earlier in the game, they went for the blow out and almost gave it all away.
In order to play the most effective game against the Colts, the Patriots cannot get caught up the in the talk and the emotions that are surrounding this matchup. I don’t see this happening to the Patriots, but one can never be too certain.
As much as we praise Belichick, and rightly so, he still has those games from time to time where he lets his ego and his pride, get in the way of making the right choices, and if there was ever a game for him to do that, it would be this one.
The Patriots are coming into Indy with a lot of confidence, and all indications would lead one to believe that they will leave Lucas Oil Stadium with a win. The Colts have barely managed to put up wins against soft division opponents, and Andrew Luck will most likely be rusty coming off an injury that has seen him miss two straight weeks.
Now this is a smart Patriots team, and they are extremely well coached. If the Patriots want to really take it to the Colts, they do not need to come out and sling it all over the field. They should play the way they have in their previous meetings and use the Colts’ weaknesses against them.
That is why, this Sunday, the Patriots will once again demonstrate to, not only the Colts, but the rest of league as well, that they are worlds above everyone else. Not only talent wise, but the mental aspect of the game. It should be a great night of football, and I would expect a fantastic technical win by the NFL’s bad boys, the Pats.
By Jake Cianci