Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots – NFL Week 9 Game Preview

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The Indianapolis Colts are set to travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a week nine matchup. The Colts come into the game with a 3-4-1 record and currently sit in second place in the AFC South. On the flip side, the New England Patriots enter the contest with a record of 4-4 and despite this are in last place in a highly competitive AFC East. Both the Colts and the Patriots have gotten off to slower starts than they would have hoped through the first half of the season. Despite this, hope has not yet been lost for either team. With a lot of football left to be played this season, this is a must win game for both teams as they try to work their way back up the divisional standings. Neither the Colts nor the Patriots are currently in the rebuilding mode with the Colts starting veteran Matt Ryan at quarterback and the Patriots making a trip to the postseason last year. Although neither team is known for playing the most exciting brand of football, this game still may be one of the few this Sunday that come down to the wire. 

Indianapolis Colts Attempt to Make Up Lost Ground In the AFC South

The Indianapolis Colts find themselves in a very interesting spot this season. Despite having a losing record, they are still in a very solid spot to make a playoff push in the second half of the year. They are coming off of a devastating 17-16 loss against the Washington Commanders. This was a very winnable game for the Colts and one they wish they could have back. However, they find themselves in another winnable matchup this week against the Patriots. If they can find a way to reawaken Johnathan Taylor and the elite rushing attack that the Colts had last year, it would take a lot of weight off of the shoulders of the defense which has kept them afloat up to this point in the season. Indianapolis’s offense has been atrocious through the first half of the year, and if this does not change, they have little to no hope of making a second half push for the AFC South.

New England Patriots Hope to Dig Their Way Out of the Bottom of the AFC East

Last week, the Patriots won a crucial divisional game against the New York Jets by a final score of 22-17. This brought their record up to 4-4 and despite this, they still find themselves in last place in the AFC East. New England’s defense has done an incredible job of leading the team thus far, and they should have no trouble continuing their dominant run this week. As long as the offensive unit can hold its own against an elite Indianapolis defense, the Patriots should be able to defend their home field and keep their postseason hopes alive through another week.