The New England Patriots will take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday in what should be a renewal to one of the newer rivalries in the NFL in recent years. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning made some memorable games for these teams and made this game the exciting event it now is. On Sunday, however, the Colts will have a new signal caller at the helm with their new rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck will attempt to get the Colts off to a good start under his direction, which is something Peyton struggled with at time.
Although Manning put together great games against the Patriots, he was rarely able to beat the team and lost a high percentage of their matchups. Luck will get his first crack at 4:25 PM ET at Gillette Stadium. The win would be huge for both teams who currently both stand at 6-3 this season. New England is in first place in their division while the Colts are in second behind Houston. The win would still be huge for Indy who is at the top of the wildcard standings.
These two teams have provided some similar things besides their records this year as well. The teams are both efficient offensively and get nearly 400 yards a game. The Patriots, for example, get 430 yards plus each game. The Patriots do get more offensively though averaging 33 points a game to just 20 by the Colts. Oddly enough, both teams give up the same average of points defensively at 22.3 points a game. Although statistically the Patriots have the edge, they must watch out for a much underrated Colts team.