Patriots demolish the Colts, make Luck look like a rookie

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The Patriots have been so consistently good, so cool, so together over the years,  you wonder if anything can ruffle them.

Sunday, they played like a team that got really tired of hearing about the new guy and how good he was.

The Patriots throttled the Colts 59-24, making Andrew Luck look like a rookie with lots to learn. That tied a franchise record for points in a game for the Patriots, and generally made it look easy for the last 25 minutes of the game.

They picked Luck off three times and returned two of them for touchdowns, and returned a punt for a score.

Coupled with a dominant performance by tight end Rob Gronkowski, it was a thorough domination. Gronkowski (seven catches, 137 yards, two touchdowns) became the first tight end in league history with three consecutive seasons with 10 touchdowns.

Luck had moments when he looked like the cool player who led the Colts to a 6-3 start. But what became obvious over the course of the game was how talent-deficient the Colts overall roster is, relative to the Patriots. The Colts struggled to protect him, making it hard for him to shine. And they absolutely lack the horses on defense to play with good teams.

The Patriots, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy laying it on. Tom Brady was 24-of-35 for 331 yards and three touchdowns, leading a turnover-free game for his team, which improved to 7-3.

That’s right, they had the same record as the Colts walking in the door. It was the only thing they had in common.

41 responses to “Patriots demolish the Colts, make Luck look like a rookie

  1. Colts will bounce back and have a bright future. Foxboro is a tough place to play regardless of experience.

  2. The Patriots defense actually made Luck look like a rookie, they applied solid pressure on him all day and the secondary made a lot of plays on their own.

    Obviously the Patriots’ offense is incredible (they are the best in the NFL even without Aaron Hernandez) but if the defense can make strides and continue to improve then the Patriots will have a really good chance to get back to the Super Bowl.

  3. I think we’re going to be hearing a lot about “the Talib effect” after this game. Talib did seem to play well, was usually right on his guy, and showed playmaking ability, but I think this defensive performance would be more accurately attributed to the Patriots abusing the Colts’ offensive line. There were way more blitzes than in the past few weeks. Is that because of confidence in Talib on the outside? Or just the game plan against a rookie quarterback? We’ll see in time.

    P.S. Not mentioned in the article is Chandler Jones’ injury. He left in the first half with an ankle injury and didn’t return. The only report I heard on it said it wasn’t too serious, but that was more of a gut reaction. He may have just been kept out because the Patriots play again on Thursday. Something to monitor.

  4. At halftime, Dan Marino said the Colts were outplaying the Patriots and had a good chance of winning. There is a reason a guy with Dan’s talents didn’t win a Super Bowl. He is not a very smart guy.

  5. I think luck is gr8 but why does he get a pass because oline stunk for 1 game but Vick gets pilloried when he’s playing behind an oline that has no players who could play in the cfl even?

  6. WHY do teams continue to try and cover Rob Gronkowski with a linebacker?!

    7 targets….7 catches….

    BEAST.

  7. geniusfan says:

    The Patriots defense actually made Luck look like a rookie, they applied solid pressure on him all day and the secondary made a lot of plays on their own.

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    They *started* eventually applying solid pressure and it changed the dynamic of the game. They opened up in their usual bend-but-don’t-break stuff.

  8. Colts had ZERO pass rush. Brady could have done 4 jumping jacks back there before throwing any one of his passes.

    Luck looked good at times and made some great plays, and at other times looked completely oblivious to the pass rush and he made some bad decisions.

    The Pats are for real, and Colts better hope there’s a lot more sub .500 teams on their upcomming schedule to sneak into the playoffs.

  9. “At halftime, Dan Marino said the Colts were outplaying the Patriots and had a good chance of winning.”

    Yeah I saw the same thing. Not sure what Dan was thinking there. The Patriots were clearly playing better and that fact manifested itself as the game went on.

    A weird comment by Marino for sure.

  10. I hope todays game (after the first drive) was a revelation for the Patriots. Pressuring Luck by blitzing was the reason this was a blowout today. Sitting in your zone and waiting for an NFL quarterback to pick your defense apart is a bad strategy. Even without Chandler Jones they were more disruptive than in any other game. Hopefully Patricia and Belichick agree.

  11. It’s good to be on top like the Patriots. I just wonder what Luck will do to the Pats when Brady retires in a few years and luck’s in his prime?

  12. The Pats have a solid shot at the Superbowl Trophy … well, unless they have to play the Giants again.

  13. ireadpftforthecomments says: Nov 18, 2012 7:41 PM

    WHY do teams continue to try and cover Rob Gronkowski with a linebacker?!
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    Size, hes just going to swat away a cb half his size or at worst let the little guy hop on his back for a 25 yard ride down the field.

  14. ireadpftforthecomments says:

    Who would you use to cover him a db?

    They aren’t big enough

    In case you haven’t noticed nobody can cover the kid he’s a game changer

  15. The Pats had it all working today and when they do that, they are plain frightening. Nice to get Julian back in action, he’s awesome.

  16. Where are the Colts fans I was arguing with last week that were saying “Luck is better than RG3, no question”? Even though I put up all the stats that said otherwise and the Colts had a weak schedule. Luck threw 2 disgusting pick-6s today, RG3 has 3 INTs all year and threw ONE incompletion today. Look what happens when the Colts actually play a good team.

  17. Nice to hear all the Patriots fans spouting off about beating a rookie. Your team will choke AGAIN in the Super Bowl. That’s if they even get there this year. Losers!!!

  18. buffalose
    Nov 18, 2012, 8:16 PM EST
    I know this is the pros , but get some class, why the saints and pays insist on running the score up escapes me.
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    I would really like an answer as to why it is classless to keep scoring points when you are already up. I’ve played sports. I would be more embarrassed if a team was winning by so much that they tried not to score. It’s a game. And who would decide how much is too much. Some teams blow 20+ point leads.
    Maybe I will understand the argument better is someone could write me out some guidelines as to when a team should stop scoring during a game…

  19. In earlier games this year, the Pats defense was getting eaten alive when they blitzed.

    It’s not always the answer. In another year or two it won’t work on Luck once he’s up to speed.

  20. jason9696 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 8:23 PM
    Nice to hear all the Patriots fans spouting off about beating a rookie. Your team will choke AGAIN in the Super Bowl. That’s if they even get there this year. Losers!!!
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    Jealousy is so unbecoming. 🙂

  21. Colts were overhyped. They were riding high on a four game winning streak, but those wins came against Jacksonville, Miami, Tennessee and Cleveland. They have enough talent to beat teams like that, but have far too many holes to hang with the big boys.

    Luck is not overhyped. He made some rookie mistakes today, but was in the unenviable position of having to carry his team on his shoulders. He made some great throws (TD to TJ Hilton stuck out) and was really one of the few reasons the Colts hung around as long as they did. Future is bright for Indy with this kid. Lets not forget that the almighty fetushead threw more INTs than TDs in his rookie season.

  22. fuglyflorio says:
    Nov 18, 2012 8:04 PM
    The Pats have a solid shot at the Superbowl Trophy … well, unless they have to play the Giants again.
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    Yeah. Agree. What’s up with that? Is it just that Coughlin has Belichick’s number or what?

    Don’t get me wrong, the Giants are a quality organization, but they seem to thrive against the Patriots, another quality organization.

  23. Was at the game and may not have seen the great tv angles. But Talib’s interception wasn’t impressive. It was an overthrow. The run back was great though. I’d like to see Chung back. Defense was so-so.

  24. I don’t think the Pats will have to worry about meeting the Giants this year, unless the Gmen get in with an 8-8 record.

  25. malvaren18 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 7:58 PM
    Luck only looks good against mediocre teams, he was finally tested and he is nothing special.
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    You could not be more wrong. He made about 3 throws (like that TD in the back of the end zone, and the one with Ninkovich hanging off of him) that were unbelievable.

    He was also poised, kept his eyes up the field under pressure, was hard to bring down, made a bunch of 3rd and longs… Yeah, he made some mistakes, but I came away thinking, “Luck is the real deal and I see why the Colts tanked to get him.”

    He’s going to be great. As a Pats fan, that sickens me.

  26. 8man says: Nov 18, 2012 8:56 PM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Nov 18, 2012 8:04 PM
    The Pats have a solid shot at the Superbowl Trophy … well, unless they have to play the Giants again.
    ————————————————————-
    Yeah. Agree. What’s up with that? Is it just that Coughlin has Belichick’s number or what?

    Don’t get me wrong, the Giants are a quality organization, but they seem to thrive against the Patriots, another quality organization.
    ————————————————–

    Because the Giants have the great equalizer when it comes to playing Brady, a pass rush as elite as he is a quarterback. It’s as simple as that. And the Pats propensity to throw out their running game as soon as they get a few stuffs.

    This year, the Pats seem to be more committed to sticking with a running game (even tonight, Ridley and Vereen were getting their carries even though Redding and the Colts were doing a good job stuffing it). When they run from the up-tempo no-huddle it seems to soften an aggressive pass rush – and that makes their offense especially lethal this season. They just need to tighten up that secondary a little more and they could be a better team overall than last year’s AFC Champions.

  27. I’ve been noticing all season that Luck’s lack of arm strength and struggles to complete passes down field would come back to to haunt him.

    His deep ball accuracy was horrible as usual, but this time, the opposing secondary made Luck pay.

    Belichick simply forced him to make ‘all the throws’ today and he couldn’t do it.

    Scary.

  28. Because the Giants have the great equalizer when it comes to playing Brady, a pass rush as elite as he is a quarterback. It’s as simple as that. And the Pats propensity to throw out their running game as soon as they get a few stuffs.
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    Yeah, the 2 SBs against the Giants showed me that those games were about matchups, and the Giants have a huge mismatch on the DL with Tuck going against Mankins. Mankins, for whatever reason, can’t block Tuck at all, can’t handle him, and thus the Giants gain an enormous advantage by getting a big rush with only 4 guys. So Brady gets under pressure and the field is flooded with DBs because the Giants didn’t have to blitz to generate that pressure.

    Tuck is a beast, and the Pats and Mankins so far have had no answer for him. That’s pretty much it.

  29. Luck is not overhyped. He made some rookie mistakes today, but was in the unenviable position of having to carry his team on his shoulders.

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    Carry the team? Did the team throw three int’s?

    Someone else said he looked poised. Would that be when he was running to the sideline for dear life, or every time he peeled himself of the carpet?

    Luck finally got a taste of turf when playing against a real team. Not the frosted covered cupcake schedule going 2-14 gave the colts.
    With a halfway decent record, the colts will have a much harder schedule next year, teams will have film on him, and you will see why luck and suck rhyme. RGIII is better. Tannehill is better than both.

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