Game of the season? Game of the season. It’s a primetime rematch of the AFC playoff game last year. No one remembers that game, though. Nope. Nothing interesting happened at all.
It all happened later, January 18th to be specific. That’s when Bob Kravitz broke the story on Twitter. It’s not as if the Colts vs. Patriots rivalry was non-existent before. But, post-deflategate, the resentment is going to come to a head.
The last time the Colts played the Patriots they had the same problems that have perpetually plagued them. The Colts quarterback couldn’t gain momentum. The Colts couldn’t stop the run. The Patriots, again, beat the Colts. The Colts fans left the game feeling resentful.
There’s only more fuel on that fire now. Not only is there the desire to do better against the team which kicked them out of the playoffs. There’s the ongoing rivalry. There’s the desire to beat the team who cheats. And there’s Reggie Wayne, who played 14 seasons for the Colts, and for one fleeting moment decided to play for the 0ther side.
They got slaughtered by the Pats (45-7.) The Colts defense, or lack there of, failed big time. This game will see whether or not they’ve plugged any of the gaping holes. If the Colts defense continues to struggle this year, the game will come down to the question that Colts fans may be often asking themselves this season, “how many points do we have to score to make up for that?”
The Colts will probably top the AFC with the best record, given the Patriot’s Tom Brady will sit out for the first four games. Cough. Cough. But the Patriots are more than their quarterback. Gronk, TE, continues to dominate. Jamie Collins, OLB, who played a breakout season last year, will grow into a high-quality defender. Finally, watch for Malcolm Butler, after his Super Bowl save, to become the cornerback.
This is the game to go to. The crowds will be amazing, and the pre-game parties will be crazy. The Indianapolis Colts play the New England Patriots on October 18th in Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff’s at 8:30 p.m. Get tickets for the Colts Tailgate VIP party before the game, which is less than two blocks from the stadium. You can also buy tickets for the Colts vs. Patriots game.