While some might think the Patriots had their “On to Cincinnati” game last weekend with their blowout win against the Dolphins, the five time champs still have work to do to get in a rhythm because of this short week and a challenging upcoming schedule. Here are three stats that show the Patriots could officially turn it around:
- 10+ Yards per catch
WR Julian Edelman was at the facility Monday morning at 7:00am after serving a four game suspension for having an unknown substance found in a drug test. Edelman also missed all of last year after tearing his ACL in a preseason game. Since his rookie season in ‘09, Jules has only had 1 season where he averaged under 10 yards per catch, which is huge for the Patriots to get back going into a tough upcoming stretch.
The Patriots are 18-0 in their last 18 regular and postseason home games against AFC South opponents, according to a tweet from @bostonsportsinfo. This includes last season’s playoff victories over Tennessee and Jacksonville. In these games Brady has a 51-4 TD-INT ratio, and the Pats have won by an average margin of 21.1 points each meeting. Colts QB Andrew Luck is also winless against New England, so Brady and Belichick should continue their success.
Edelman is back, Brady does well against the AFC South, and thought it is a short week, look for the Pats running backs to have a strong week against the Colts running defense which allows 109.3yd per game. Sony Michel ran for 112 yards and his first career touchdown last weekend, so hopefully he can pick-up where he left off tomorrow night.
Kickoff is Thursday night at 8:20pm at Gillette Stadium and can be watched on FOX or listened to on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
-Johnny Maffei is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage Sports Media and covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @johnnyBSBL4