Patriots use a familiar formula to manhandle Colts


The Colts had to know what was coming.

But they couldn’t stop it.

The Patriots went back to a familiar formula in last night’s 42-20 win over the Colts, running for 244 yards, with Jonas Gray leading the way with 199 and four touchdowns.

It was similar to last year’s playoff loss, when LeGarrette Blount had 166 of the team’s 234 rushing yards.

That left a bad taste in the mouths of the Colts defense.

We’re going to see those guys again,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said, via Mike Wells of “Guys won’t forget this feeling. This wasn’t us as a team. You have to give them a lot of credit. Defensively, we didn’t do what we had to do to give our team a chance to win the ballgame.”

Being punched in the face was symbolic of the night for the Colts, who are now 6-4 after losses to heavyweights including the Broncos, Eagles and Steelers. That has knocked them temporarily out of the mix for a playoff bye, and into a muddled AFC mix.

“It stinks; it’s terrible,” wide receiver Reggie Wayne said. “Our main objective has always been to protect our home turf. We knew it was going be a tough fight, but we let this one slip, we let this one squander. It was a terrible display as a team. But right now we still control our own destiny in the AFC South. Who knows, we may see this team again, it might be a little bit chilly.”

And if they do, the Colts should probably prepare for the run game next time.

19 responses to “Patriots use a familiar formula to manhandle Colts

  1. Lost in the shuffle was the yeoman’s work of rookie tackle, Cameron Fleming, who played 37 snaps at the tight end position.

    Fleming is 6’6″ 315 lbs, making Gronkowski at 6’6″ 265, the small TE.

  2. Gray was all that was needed to make the little donkeys look like the BIG DONKEYS in a drubbing. TB made mistakes but the D made the Colts and Luck look like pedestrian.
    Anyone still believe TB is washed up?
    Fleener was the only bright spot with some nice long pass plays but the run game never got any traction putting Luck under pressure to do it all with his arm.

  3. I think it’s certainly possible for the Patriots to take spygate on the road. As last night showed it shouldn’t be hard to pull off. Pay off the right people and no-one’s the wiser. You have to wonder how much longer this activity will be tolerated before Congress gets involved. A lot of money is at stake for the game to be rigged.

    Hopefully the Colts and all Patriots opponents do a thorough investigation to weed out employees that might be in on Spygate. tge future of the NFL is at stake.

  4. And once they prepare for the run then the passing game will eat them alive. #bellichickstrategyguru

  5. If Wayne thinks it stinks maybe he shouldn’t have phoned in his performance last night. He gave up trying to get off the jams sat the LOS by halfway through the first quarter.

  6. Wow..Colts can remember all they want..but unless they get severe infusion of size & talent.their front 7 cannot measure up to running teams like NE, or KC, that also have strong passing attacks.

    Best thing they can do now, is shut up, swallow it, and move on. Was dumb that guys like Sergio Brown talking trash when they were down 20…and Gronk making him pay…w/one of the nastiest blocks ever…knocked Brown 20 yds off field into camera stand.

    Next time they see Patriots, will be in cold Gillette…and they had better hope, hope, hope that Brady is as off as he was last night..especially in 1st half.

  7. I think it’s certainly possible for the Patriots to take spygate on the road

    Absolutely. The advance team has been working on the Lions for some time.

  8. Other teams are losing key players and Belichick is adding them. Both the Patriots and the Cardinals have excelled at next-man-up. Adding Branch, Ayers, and especially Gray not only strengthens positions weakened by injury it instill trust of the team in the coach/GM for being able find guys who perform that other teams threw away. Most teams think you have to buy talent (last year’s Indy signing of Richardson) but Bill finds guys to do a specific job and fill a need. In Bill We Trust is not only the mantra of Patriots fans its the mantra of the players.

  9. “We’re going to see those guys again,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said.

    Yeah, in his nightmares.

    Football is a game that feeds on success. When teams like the Patriots and Packers do what they have recently done to the Broncos, Colts, Bears, and Eagles the teams on the losing end start doubting themselves. Part of the reason the Broncos lost to the Rams was because they still had doubts about who they were as a team after losing badly to the Patriots.

  10. If Fleming is indeed that heavy, that’s impressive for a TE, to say the least. But he’s not the athlete that Gronk is. Gronk is agile, powerful, quick, and a monster in the end zone. Fleming has the power and height but he doesn’t have the speed or agility or ability to change directions so dynamically. He’s basically a big body and that’s still good enough to be a disruption but he’s not Gronk.

    Also, good luck without a running game in the playoffs, especially in cold weather. Richardson is now the #1 and that’s not a good thing. This team will crumble in the playoffs now, Andrew Luck or not.

  11. igotgamenj says:

    Nov 17, 2014 10:47 AM
    If the Pats think they are running like that against Detroit, Green bay, and Miami IT’S NOT HAPPENING !


    First, if your name refers to the NY Jets then no, you don’t have “game.”

    Second, it should be obvious by now that the Pats don’t use the same offensive or defensive game plan every week.

    They tailor their approach based on each opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. The Pats don’t think they’ll run like that against any other team. They don’t plan that way.

    I think that should be obvious.

  12. I really hope teams think the Pats are using “spygate” tactics

    Don’t confuse reasonably intelligent people holding lucrative coaching jobs with internet trolls.

    In a pressure environment, everyone’s plate is full already without worrying about silly conspiracy theories from years ago.

  13. jchipwood says: Nov 12, 2014 5:05 PM

    Patriots are an average team on the road. Easy win for the colts.

    Time to eat some crow

  14. There comes a time in a person’s life when he can no longer deny the obvious.

    In this case, no matter how much I want to believe otherwise, nobody is beating the Pats again this year.

    If they can truck out a guy that wasn’t good enough to make the 53 man roster of 3 teams and he can run for close to 200 yards, it’s just time for everybody else to give up.

  15. @TheWizard, reasonably intelligent people who hold lucrative coaching jobs don’t have the time to post stupid uninformed crap on PFT. Come out from behind the veil Mr. “Coach” we’d all like to know your credentials or are you just someone hiding behind the fact that your “just a internet troll”.

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