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Wind and rain could be a factor in Foxboro tonight

Belichick AP

As we learned last week in Green Bay, the forecast can and will change in the days and hours preceding kickoff of a football game.

For tonight’s game between the Colts and Patriots at Gillette Stadium, the chance of rain at kickoff stands at 100 percent — and the predicted winds have climbed north of 20 miles per hour.

Significant winds could affect the passing games for both teams, forcing greater reliance on the run.  For the Patriots, that means opportunities for Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount, who had 189 yards rushing for New England in Week 17 against the Bills.  In the rain.

While Ridley has the reputation for being prone to dropping the ball, Blount fumbled against the Bills.  As did three other Patriots not named Ridley.  All were recovered by the Pats.

For the Colts, both Donald Brown and Trent Richardson had fumbles last week.  While Brown’s at least happened with contact from an opponent (Richardson simply dropped the ball), both guys will have to find their grip in the rain — or the Colts will have to turn to Tashard Choice.

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  1. logast says: Jan 11, 2014 10:03 AM

    Inclement weather in New England? You don’t say. Definite advantage Patriots.

  2. 6ball says: Jan 11, 2014 10:04 AM

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    Inclement weather conditions usually favor the underdog.
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  3. dcpatfan says: Jan 11, 2014 10:06 AM

    cant wait for this 4 headed monster.
    #superbowl

  4. ampats says: Jan 11, 2014 10:06 AM

    The bad weather definitely favors the Patriots as the Colts can’t run the ball like the three headed monster the Patriots have. Good luck bringing down a 250 lb back like Blount in the rain as we saw the last game against Buffalo.

    Tom Brady is the best bad weather QB in the NFL .

  5. brazzz01 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    Kaep and the Niners went to Foxboro last season in weather like this and didn’t have a problem scoring points so who knows.

    Both teams need to protect the football. Short fields could mean the difference.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:10 AM

    Playoff games should not be scheduled in non-domed stadiums. Nobody likes a sloppy game.

  7. leatherface2012 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:11 AM

    every stadium should be domed. no weather, nice crisp uniforms…..beautiful

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:13 AM

    colts got this win!!!

  9. camdenyard says: Jan 11, 2014 10:20 AM

    I don’t like either of these teams, but I don’t see Irsay’s plastic, dome-softened team beating NE in those conditions.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:22 AM

    Thanks for the weather report Captain Obvious.

    Really 20 mph winds “could effect” the passing games ?

    I love how the media makes statements like this as if they’re some kind of rocket scientist who just made a breakthrough to a new scientific wonder.

  11. patsfan22 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:23 AM

    Inclement weather vs a dome team? I like my chances.

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 11, 2014 10:23 AM

    Cold weather rainy snowy playoff death matches or GTFO.

  13. fatsolio says: Jan 11, 2014 10:25 AM

    This will make it even easier for the Pats to win seeing as they actually have a solid run game and the Colts do not. Figures.

    I hope everyone is prepared for that team to win the superbowl (I’m sadly convinced it is going to happen) and the media to never ever shut up about all the gushing they’ll do for Brady and will further their belief he invented the forward pass. I will have to basically stop viewing any football sites when it happens since all the gushing that goes on now over him is pathetic enough.

  14. jacobk621 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    If Alex smith put up 44 on the irsays ,, what you think golden boy is gonna do tonite ,,, pats in a rout !!!!!

  15. patriots123456 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:33 AM

    The wind & rain may be a factor but the temperature won’t.

    It’s above freezing here in New England (53) for the first time in weeks.

    Playoffs, the best time of the year, enjoy the games this weekend everyone…

  16. piratesofthecoliseum says: Jan 11, 2014 10:38 AM

    Seriously all stadiums should be domes and playoff games shouldn’t be scheduled in non-domed stadiums!! That’s what football is all about!! I remember growing up and seeing some of the sloppiest conditions and the games we’re great!! If u want to watch players with nice crisp uniforms go.watch baseball!

  17. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    Pats fans: Be careful what you wish for. Be very careful Signed, C Pagano, A Luck

  18. brazzz01 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:56 AM

    There go the Pats cheatin’ again. Figures Kraft would pay off someone to make it rain. How do they keep getting away with this?

  19. coltsreign says: Jan 11, 2014 10:59 AM

    Why does everyone diss domed teams.
    The saints are doomed, arizona is domed, houston is damed, st louis is domed,atlanta is domed.
    All those teams have talent, its just some of them are laking in one position.
    The falcons on Oline
    Rams at QB
    Houston at qb

  20. beerndrums says: Jan 11, 2014 11:00 AM

    The cheaters will go in at halftime losing by 20 then after reviewing signals come back and win
    Nothing new here

  21. tmdill18 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:18 AM

    I see Luck breaking NE’s will with several runs for first downs. That’s the difference in this game.

  22. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:20 AM

    Playoff games should never be played indoors!

  23. bospat says: Jan 11, 2014 11:24 AM

    Blountforce trama!

  24. pastabelly says: Jan 11, 2014 11:41 AM

    The elements don’t impact Tom Brady. A great pass rush does. Indy doesn’t have one.

  25. win1soon says: Jan 11, 2014 11:49 AM

    Wow bad weather in Foxboro…I am shocked and miffed! Funny how Cleveland and Buffalo get ripped for their weather, yet no one ever says much about the horrible weather in NE week in and week out even in the fall it seems dark and gloomy.

  26. 8oneanddones says: Jan 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    Tom Brady vs. a defense that gave up 44 points to Alex Smith without Jamal Charles.

    Brady it is.

  27. rajbais says: Jan 11, 2014 12:17 PM

    No need for it. Indy only wins when the opponent has a ton of injuries.

  28. blindzebras says: Jan 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    Luck loves bad weather. Even at his pro day workout he chose to throw into the gusty winds rather than have the wind to his back. He’s a baller in any conditions, much like Brady. The colts do NOT have a dome built defense. They are bigger and slower, excluding Mathis, than years past. They actually show better in grass or bad conditions where the game slows ever so slightly. I don’ see the Patriots running wild in this one. It’s going to come down to the OL and who can give their QB the best opportunity to throw it. Brady is the best I’ve ever seen when given the time, however, he can also look rather pedestrian at times when pressured and not much of a threat to beat you with his legs. Luck, on the other hand, can beat you with his legs and given the time has a really good arm and decent accuracy But he is also subject to throw the occasional INT. Bottom line is….. To be the man you have to beat the man and that is a very tall order. I expect a very close game to go the Patriots way because I think their OL will be the difference.

  29. irishking says: Jan 11, 2014 1:05 PM

    Here is a little secret. Both Donald Brown and also Trent Richardson can pound the muddy ground and pick up good chunks of yardage. Heck, even Luck can scramble in the mud. It should be an exciting game.

  30. cztikhldr4evr says: Jan 11, 2014 2:35 PM

    Yes,Pats have the advantage because of the rain. They can’t play this Colts team straight up, they need all the advantage they can get,

  31. weepingjebus says: Jan 11, 2014 2:42 PM

    The Colts mysteriously tanked for one year just in time to replace one franchise QB with another. Who are the real cheaters here?

  32. badmoonrison says: Jan 11, 2014 3:01 PM

    GO COLTS!! BEAT THE CHEATS!!!

  33. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Jan 11, 2014 3:32 PM

    I dont think the rain will beat the colts. I think the horrible home field officiating, incorrect playclocks, indy headsets being jammed at critical times, and signal stealing will beat them (aka a typical home game in NE).

    That crap wont work in denver or NJ though.

  34. brazzz01 says: Jan 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    Anything good in this life is worth cheating for.
    — Al Davis

  35. aljack88 says: Jan 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    irishking says:
    Jan 11, 2014 1:05 PM
    Here is a little secret. Both Donald Brown and also Trent Richardson can pound the muddy ground and pick up good chunks of yardage. Heck, even Luck can scramble in the mud. It should be an exciting game.
    ———————————————————–
    The only mud they’ll find is outside the stadium.

  36. eviltwin007 says: Jan 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    Just wondering if the Colts win tonight, wonder if we are going to hear Tammy’s wife blame the receivers again?

  37. aljack88 says: Jan 11, 2014 5:32 PM

    2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says:
    Jan 11, 2014 3:32 PM
    I dont think the rain will beat the colts. I think the horrible home field officiating, incorrect playclocks, indy headsets being jammed at critical times, and signal stealing will beat them (aka a typical home game in NE).
    ——————————————————–

    You won’t hear any reverb feedback from the piped in crowd noise over their stadium’s PA system.

  38. eviltwin007 says: Jan 11, 2014 5:37 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 11, 2014 2:42 PM
    The Colts mysteriously tanked for one year just in time to replace one franchise QB with another. Who are the real cheaters here?
    ————————————————–
    GIVE IT A REST!!! The Colts had Curtis Painter for crying out loud. So tired of hearing this garbage.

  39. aljack88 says: Jan 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    eviltwin007 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 5:37 PM
    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 11, 2014 2:42 PM
    The Colts mysteriously tanked for one year just in time to replace one franchise QB with another. Who are the real cheaters here?
    ————————————————–
    GIVE IT A REST!!! The Colts had Curtis Painter for crying out loud. So tired of hearing this garbage.
    ————————————

    The rest of us were so sick of watching it. The Colts kept Manning on the active roster all season. There wasn’t anyone available to fill that roster spot?

  40. dualprime says: Jan 11, 2014 5:59 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 11, 2014 2:42 PM
    The Colts mysteriously tanked for one year just in time to replace one franchise QB with another. Who are the real cheaters here?
    —————
    Losing isn’t cheating. It’s just losing.

  41. fringetastic says: Jan 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    Why is okay for this game to be played in the elements and not the SB?

  42. eviltwin007 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:36 PM

    aljack88 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 5:53 PM
    eviltwin007 says:
    Jan 11, 2014 5:37 PM
    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 11, 2014 2:42 PM
    The Colts mysteriously tanked for one year just in time to replace one franchise QB with another. Who are the real cheaters here?
    ————————————————–
    GIVE IT A REST!!! The Colts had Curtis Painter for crying out loud. So tired of hearing this garbage.
    ————————————

    The rest of us were so sick of watching it. The Colts kept Manning on the active roster all season. There wasn’t anyone available to fill that roster spot?
    ————————————————-
    Who said you had to watch it? Last time I checked this is a free country therefore you can choose to watch it or not. Is it hard to change the channel? As for your second question I can’t answer that? The only thing I can say is at that time there wasn’t any quality QB’s.

  43. eviltwin007 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:41 PM

    To all of you people out there claiming the Colts tanked a season to get Luck, I have question for you. So do you people think that the Texans tanked so they can get the first pick in next year’s draft and possibly draft Bridgewater, Manziel, etc..?

  44. jerrahsucks says: Jan 11, 2014 9:13 PM

    Wind, Rain, Referees, Belichek and Brady can’t be beat at home. Thanks Roger.

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