How to Watch
Kickoff: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: FOX/NFL Network
MyBookie currently has the Patriots favored by 10.5 (-115), with the over/under set at 50 points. If recent history can tell us anything, it will be a high-scoring affair. The last seven games have resulted in a final score of 34-27, 45-7, 42-20, 43-22, 59-24, 31-24, 31-28 and 35-34, with the Patriots winning every matchup.
Brady’s Receiving Corps
The receiving group has been a topic of discussion for the Patriots all season. First, the story was that Tom Brady had nobody to throw to. Then, the Patriots traded for Josh Gordon. Now, Julian Edelman returns from his suspension. With the most weapons he’s had at his disposal all season, how will Brady and this offense perform?
Is Luck Back?
Andrew Luck missed a ton of time recovering from his shoulder injury. To be expected, there was quite a bit of rust to shake off. However, he looked like the Andrew Luck of old last week against the Texans. He passed for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns, while also avoiding an interception. Is Andrew Luck back, and most importantly for him, will he get his first win against the Patriots (0-5)?
The injuries are piling up for both squads. The Colts will be without star receiver T.Y. Hilton, after suffering a couple different injuries last week (chest/hamstring). The following players have also been ruled out: TE Jack Doyle (hip), OT Denzel Good (Personal), RB Marlon Mack (Hamstring), CB Kenny Moore II (Concussion), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Calf), and CB Quincy Wilson (Concussion). Players with a questionable status include OT Anthony Castonzo (Hamstring), S Clayton Geathers (Knee), CB Nate Hairston (Ankle), C Ryan Kelly (Hand), LB Darius Leonard (Ankle), and K Adam Vinatieri (Groin).
The Patriots have no active players currently ruled out, but they recently placed RB Rex Burkhead on IR with a neck injury. Star TE Rob Gronkowski (Ankle) and WR Josh Gordon (Hamstring) highlight the questionable list, though both of Brady’s targets are expected to play. The other questionable Patriots include DL Adam Butler (Knee), DL Geneo Grissom (Ankle), TE Jacob Hollister (Chest), CB Eric Rowe (Groin), LB Elandon Roberts (Calf), and DT Danny Shelton (Elbow).
After much research and deliberation, here’s who the experts here at FlurrySports are picking.