INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts could not stretch their winning streak to four games on Sunday night, with a halftime lead disappearing.
New England’s 34-27 victory over the Colts dropped Indianapolis’ record to 3-3 on the season and a one-game lead in the AFC South.
The Colts (3-3) will return back to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the New Orleans Saints (2-4) coming to Indianapolis.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
TOO MUCH AGGRESSION – Chuck Pagano wanted to be the aggressor on Sunday night and the Colts definitely achieved that. However, a fake punt call in the third quarter didn’t go according to plan. The failed fourth-down trick gave New England a short field which they converted for a two-score lead early in the fourth quarter.
LUCK RETURNS – Andrew Luck showed hardly any rustiness in returning to the lineup after missing three weeks. Luck was 30-of-50 for 312 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was by far the cleanest game Luck has played in four previous meetings with New England.
FIRST HALF SUCCESS– The Colts executed early and often against the Patriots. An opening drive touchdown from the Colts gave them an early lead and that would hold through the first half at 21-20. Frank Gore continued to show he’s playing much younger than his age of 32. Gore had 53 rushing yards on eight carries in the first half.
MIKE ADAMS ON THE SPOT – It’s becoming second nature to expect Mike Adams to be around the ball. Adams recorded his NFL-leading fourth-interception on Sunday night. A pass intended for Julian Edelman bounced through his hands and Adams was there to corral the ball. Adams returned it 14 yards for a touchdown. Since joining the Colts in 2014, Adams’ nine interceptions are tied for the AFC-lead.
AFC SOUTH LEAD – With Houston winning on Sunday, the Colts cushion atop the AFC South is at one game through six weeks. Things won’t get any easier for the Colts in the next three weeks, before their bye. The Colts will host New Orleans on Sunday before taking on two undefeated teams in Carolina and Denver.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome.
Coming into Sunday night, one of the major storylines was how would the Colts be able to create pressure on Tom Brady.
It didn’t happen too often on Sunday but pressure was applied from second-year outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome.
In playing 33 defensive snaps on Sunday (out of 69 total), Newsome had one sack of Brady and two total quarterback hurries.
The sack from Newsome was his first of the season.
For the past couple of weeks, the Colts have been looking for a more consistent pass rush unit, something that can be very difficult when facing a quarterback like Brady.
With quarterbacks Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning coming the next three weeks, the Colts will need this sort of Newsome going forward.
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