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Hi, Colts fans and Blue Shoe Nation!  :default_20smile: Our 1-3 Indianapolis Colts are in Foxborough, Massachusetts to play the 2-2 New England Patriots,  as both teams lead off Week 5 of the 2018 NFL regular season. Colts also seek to win their first Thursday Night Football game for the first time in three seasons.


'The Rivalry Is Back On' as stated by Colts General Manager Chris Ballard stated in his news conference,  back in February, when potential Head Coach candidate Josh McDaniel at the last-minuite withdrew the offer and position, to stay with the Patriots as their offensive coordinator,  and speculation and suspicion head Coach Bill Belachick convinced him to stay with New England. Colts subsquentially hired Frank Reich as the Colts current Head Coach.


Both the Colts and Patriots practiced, adjusted, and prepared from their short practice week,  and both teams are also playing each other in their second NFL game in five days to accomodate the NFL's weekly  Thursday Night Football coverage by Fox Sports, The NFL Network, Amazon Video, and locally for WXIN FOX Channel 59.


Indianapolis seeks to win on Thursday Night Football, since defeating the Houston Texans by the score of 27-20, and played at NRG Stadium, back on October 8, 2015.


Indianapolis is appearing in their tenth Thursday Night Football game for the NFL Network, entering with their 7 win and 2 loss record.  Colts won their first THNF game by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 31-13 on Thanksgiving Night, November 22, 2007 .  Ravens though defeated our Colts 23-16  in their last THNF appearance back on December 23, 2017.


New England is also appearing in their seventh Thursday Night Football game, entering tonight with their 5-1 record.  Patriots defeated the New York Giants  in their first game , in both their Super Bowl rematch, and THNF season finale, by the score of 38-35, back on December 29, 2007. Pats went on to win the next four THNF games, before the Buccaneers defeated them 19-14 in New England's recent and last appearance, back on October 5, 2017.


A healthy Andrew Luck can hopefully lead the Colts to a prime time victory tonight, before both teams enjoy a 10-day mini-bye between games.  But as many as 16 Colts players are listed in the game's injury report, with T.Y. Hilton among others, with his chest and hamstring injury.


Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is also  questionable to play with his ankle injury, while WR Julian Edelman is reactivated, and playing his first game of the season after serving his NFL suspension for using PED'S.


Colts are attempting to end their seven-game losing streak over the Patriots, including 5 regular season, and 2 postseason games, in nine seasons.   Peyton Manning  threw his 1-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne, and Matt Stover's PAT to break the tiebreaker,  with 12 seconds remaining  in the fourth quarter, help defeated the Patriots 35-34 at the real LOS back on November 15, 2009.  Manning  his Colts teammates stayed at 9-0 that season, and he also completed 28 of his 44 passes for 327 yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.


Indianapolis and New England are also playing in their  81st all-time meeting in the NFL,  including 5 postseason games, with the Patriots leading with their 51 wins and 29 loss record combined, including   47-28 in the regular season, and 4-1 in the postseason. Patriots  outscored the Colts in those previous 80 games with their 2001 points to 1513 points entering tonight.


Colts attempt to end their five-game regular season road losing streak at New England tonight, dating back to their 31-28 loss at Gillette Stadium back on November 21, 2010.  Patriots also  outscored the Colts 209 points to 105 points in those five games.


Tom Brady threw his two touchdowns in the second half,  25 yards to TE Rob Grankowski, and 11 yards to RB LaGarette Blount,  to come from behind the Colts 21-20 halftime lead, to defeat Indianapolis 34-27, in both teams last meeting,  both played in New England, and in their last meeting played on October 18, 2015.


Brady is also owns a 14 win and 5 loss record over Indianapolis, since he defeated the Colts in his first game 44-13, and replacing incumbent Drew Bledsoe,  back on September 30, 2001


Colts defeated the Patriots in road games played at Gillette Stadium, with the leadership of  future and Hall-Of-Famer and Colts legend  Peyton Manning back in 2005 and 2006.  Manning completed 28 of his 37 passes for 321 yards, 3 TD's and 1 INT for the Colts, as Indianapolis defeated New England 40-21, back on November 7, 2005.


Peyton also completed 20 of his 36 passes for 326 yards ands 2 TD's, as he led  the Colts the following season to defeat the Patriots 27-20 in Foxborough, back on November 5 2006.


Former St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Joe Buck,  and former Oklahoma Sooner, UCLA Bruin, Dallas Cowboy, and Pro Football HOF quarterback Troy Aikman, are announcing the live TV game commentary,  along with sideline reporters and interviewers Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink,  simulcast locally over-the-air throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana on WXIN FOX Channel 59,  and in the USA and internationally to our US military personnel on The NFL Network, and The American Forces Television Network.


WXIN's FOX 59's local comprehensive coverage of our Indianapolis Colts begins  with the Colts Blue Zone Pre-Game Show at  4:00PM Eastern Standard Time.  NFL On FOX  network pregame  show follows at 7:30PM EST, and the Colts @ Patriots Thursday Night Football Game at 8:00 PM. EST.  Fox 59 News at 6:00 and 11:30 bookends the Colts coverage tonight.


Colts @ Patriots Thursday Night Football prime time game can also be seen on your personal devices;   through your local cable provider from your laptops and IPads, and complete game coverage from your  smartphone.


Matt Taylor and former Colts and Wisconsin Badger QB Jim Sorgi are also announcing the live radio game play-by-play and analysis, along with team and sideline reporter and interviewer Caroline Cann, simulcast on flagship stations WFNI ESPN SportsRadio 1070AM, and WHNK The Hank 97.1FM, and the Colts Radio Network.  


A mixture of cloudy skies with showers at 66 degrees,  is the game forecast inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 20 miles southwest of Boston, MA, for the 8:20 P.M. Eastern Standard Time kickoff along  with 33%  precipitation, 92% humidity, and mild southwest winds at 5 miles per hour.


Head Linesman Shawn Hochuli leads his NFL officiating crew to supervise the game action during tonight's THNF game between the Colts and Patriots.


NO injuries, win  your first regular season road game in New England for the first time in 12 seasons, and LET'S GO COLTS!!!!!    :rock:  :coltslogo:  :1colts:   :colts: :coltshelmet: :coltslogo:  



2018 Colts @ Patriots Thursday Night Football  Game  Preview, Live NFL Game Center,  And Team Injury Reports:












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1 hour ago, shakedownstreet said:

Just heard the roof at Gillette Stadium will be open tonight

Any word on the pressure of the footballs?? Haha

This should be fun... Like root canal or surgery fun...

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I want to see us fight. I want to see us get pressure on Brady and get him uncomfortable where he plays his worst... I want to see our offense under Frank play chess straight up against Bellichick instead of our usual checkers... We need points tonight. I don't mind losing this one. But I want to see us fight. 

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Thanks, for opening the thread again, LOS


Agree with the sentiments about playing a good tough game tonight.  I hate getting embarrassed by these guys.

Also hope we don't notice the zebras in the room this game.  LET THEM PLAY, and stay OUT OF THE WAY!

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2 minutes ago, oldunclemark said:

Lord yes...…..They don't seem to have a plan....for the entire time before the game

..and everybody overestimates their ability to ad-lib

:lol:     Here's my attempt to ad lib...      I'm gonna predict we win by a Vinatieri FG.   How's that?

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