Colts-Patriots Preview Capsule
INDIANAPOLIS (1-3) at NEW ENGLAND (2-2)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFLN
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 8 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Colts 2-2, Patriots 2-2
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 51-29
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Colts 34-27, Oct. 18, 2015
LAST WEEK - Colts lost to Texans 37-34; Patriots beat Dolphins 38-7
AP PRO32 RANKING - Colts No. 25, Patriots No. 7
COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (29), PASS (16).
COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (17), PASS (19).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (12), PASS (22).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (27), PASS (8).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have won past five regular-season matchups with Colts and last seven overall. ... Indianapolis’ last win came after Bill Belichick’s late fourth-down gamble backfired in 2009. ... Colts haven’t won in New England since 2006. ... Colts QB Andrew Luck threw for career-high 464 yards last week and has thrown TD pass in league-high 27 consecutive games. Luck’s streak is No. 13 all-time and tied with Peyton Manning for second longest in franchise history. ... K Adam Vinatieri returns to place where he won three Super Bowl rings and needs one field goal attempt to pass Gary Anderson (672) for second most in league history. With four extra points, Vinatieri will tie Anderson (620) for fourth on NFL’s career list. Vinatieri also needs 26 points to break Morten Andersen’s career scoring record (2,544 points). Vinatieri already owns the field goals made mark. ... Eric Ebron has three TD catches this season, highest total among league’s tight ends. ... LB Darius Leonard leads NFL in tackles (54) and solo tackles (38). ... DE Margus Hunt (nine) leads NFL in tackles for loss. Leonard (seven) is third and ranks first among rookies with four sacks. ... Indy is converting league-best 51.6 percent of third-down chances. ... Belichick is 15-6 against Colts as coach of Patriots and 17-8 against Indianapolis as head coach overall. ... Patriots have averaged 44.6 points against Colts in last five meetings. ... QB Tom Brady has 1,750 passing yards (291.7 per game), with 15 TDs and only four INTs in his past six games against Colts. ... With victory, Brady (225 career wins) can tie Vinatieri (226) for most wins by player in NFL history. ... Brady enters game three touchdowns shy of 500 career regular-season TD passes. He trails only Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508). ... WR Julian Edelman returns from four-game suspension for violating NFL policy on performance enhancers. He has touchdown catch in two of his last three meetings with Colts. ... TE Rob Gronkowski, who left last Sunday with ankle issue, has 322 receiving yards and six TD catches in past six matchups with Indy. ... S Devin McCourty has two INTs and four pass breakups in five career meetings with Colts. ... Fantasy tip: In his past five Thursday night games, Brady has 1,475 passing yards (295 per game) with 12 TDs and one INT.