It was business as usual for the Patriots as they handed the Colts their 12th loss on the year at home in week 13. The Patriots dominated the Colts for three quarters and the margin of points was large enough between the two teams for the Pats to take a breather in the fourth.
I don’t know if Coach Belichick plans on giving his team off from practice on Monday and Tuesday but the Patriots did play well enough to deserve a pat on the back. The Patriots had one forced fumble, an interception, and two sacks on the day which was enough to keep a hold on the Colts and backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky all game. It was nice to see Jerod Mayo playing well as he hauled in the interception from Orlovsky. Finally, Mayo seems to be back to full health! The Patriots only had 3 penalties for 20 yards on Sunday and that is an improvement on how poor they have been performing in that area all season long.
Tom Brady “did what he do” and hooked up with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Wes Welker most of the game to move the chains. Gronkowski hauled in two receiving touchdowns and one rushing while Wes Welker had eleven grabs for 110 yards. There wasn’t much of an X factor this game like I expected there to be but Stevan Ridley led the Patriots in rushing with 33 yards on 8 carries. Tiquan Underwood and Chad Ochocinco each had one grab on the day and it seems as though they are still testing the waters with their 3rd wide receiver position but aren’t worried about it too much.
This was the friendliest game I have seen between the Patriots and Colts in a long time but as long as the Patriots came out with the victory, it doesn’t really matter. The Patriots want to roll through the playoffs and win a Super Bowl while the Colts want to hold on to the worst record in the NFL this season to obtain the first overall pick in the 2012 draft so things worked out for both teams in week 13. The Patriots (9-3) will travel to Fex Ex Field to take on the Washington Redskins (4-8) in week 14.