Patriots vs Colts : Live NFL Thursday Night Football Colts have a short week 5 coming up. They play in Patriots. They better come prepared, or it could get ugly. The Colts Robert Turbin would be limited if he plays vs. Patriots Colts vs Patriots An old AFC rivalry renews on Thursday Night Football as the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts at 8:20 p.m. ET. The Patriots are 2-2 and coming off a blowout win over the previously-undefeated Dolphins, while the Colts are 1-3 and fresh off an overtime loss to the Texans. On Thursday, the Patriots are 10-point favorites, the highest spread of any Week 5 game, and the over-under for total points scored is 51.5. Before you lock in any Patriots vs. Colts picks for Thursday Night Football, you need to see what SportsLine’s RJ White has to say.
White was SportsLine’s most profitable NFL analyst last season and returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. The renowned prognosticator has also cashed big in the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the last three years and now turned his eye toward Thursday Night Football. White has a strong history of success in handicapping these teams, too, which includes an incredible 14-4 mark on spread picks in games involving the Colts.
In Week 2, White advised SportsLine members to back the Colts as six-point underdogs in their road game against the Redskins. The result: Indianapolis dominated from the outset in a 21-9 victory, and anyone who followed White’s advice picked up an easy winner.
Now, White has analyzed Colts vs. Patriots from every angle and locked in a strong spread pick. You can only see it at SportsLine.
White knows the Colts are hoping for a breakout victory following two agonizing losses. Indianapolis (1-3) saw a potential game-winning drive end in a turnover against Cincinnati in Week 1. It bounced back with a road win over Washington, but has now lost its last two games by seven combined points..Remember when Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots was something special? Before it unraveled from the NFL’s finest piece of art to its most embarrassing reality show – before “Masterpiece Theater” became “Jersey Shore” – people were comparing Colts-Patriots to Lakers-Celtics, to Ali-Frazier. And Colts-Patriots delivered.
That game in November 2009? If you’re a Colts fan older than, say, 10, you remember: Colts 35, Patriots 34. The score doesn’t do the game justice, just as a description of the Mona Lisa – Oil painting of unknown woman by Leonardo da Vinci – doesn’t quite tell that story. With 14 minutes left, the Patriots led 31-14. With four minutes left it was 34-21. Soon it was 34-28, and with 13 seconds to play Peyton Manning was finding Reggie Wayne in the end zone and it was 35-34 and the best story in the NFL had another exquisite chapter.
Nine years later, Colts-Patriots is an execrable joke.
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The 1-3 Colts limp into Foxborough, Mass., on Thursday night for a game the league chose to put on prime time for cynical reasons, valuing story above sport. Anything can happen, any given Thursday and all that, but Colts-Patriots was not given the NFL’s mid-week marquee for that reason. We’re here because some footballs didn’t have enough air and because Josh McDaniels didn’t have enough honor, and because the NFL can never guarantee putting on a game worth watching, but in this case it could offer a backstory worth selling.
We could ignore that backstory, but that would be as disingenuous as the reason behind this game being played Thursday at 8:20 p.m. instead of Sunday at 1. The Patriots cheated the Colts – Tom Brady cheated – in the 2015 AFC title game by deflating footballs for an easier grip. The Patriots didn’t need to cheat to win, or even to win by a large margin. They had better players, better coaches, better everything. But to their shame they did cheat, and that game has gone down in history as DeflateGate.
Three years later, to the Colts’ shame, they tried to hire McDaniels. He took the job for about three weeks before backing out, sending the Colts scrambling for another coach, a hire they salvaged by choosing Frank Reich, a man with obvious decency, offensive acumen and a fearless if faulty finishing instinct.
Those are the biggest installments of late in the Colts-Patriots “rivalry,” though there have been other oddities. That Oct. 18, 2015 game at Lucas Oil Stadium, for example. Bill Belichick’s Patriots won that one 34-27, but it will forever be remembered around here for Chuck Pagano’s coaching malpractice, going for it on fourth-and-3 from the Colts’ 37, a rare show of courage undermined by a typical show of cluelessness: