This will be one high-scoring affair but this time it'll be the old master that teaches the young one a history lesson at Foxborough.
There’s a reason why no-one counts out Tom Brady until the final second has finished because he can almost single-handedly pull them out the mire. He proved it against the Ravens in an excellent Division Round match-up and when Andrew Luck heads up north on Sunday, he’ll have to be at his very best to stop the Patriots at home.
New England are one of the most impressive home teams in recent memory, even in a stadium that’s not considered as intimidating, they just know how to win on their own patch. Their offence is hitting on all cylinders, able to show you looks like a 4-man offensive line that bamboozle defences and at times there can be no stopping them.
The Colts come off a big win themselves, knocking off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos and they’ll b full of confidence. They have a good offence and their defence really contributed in the win but facing Brady is an entirely different kettle of fish. Even when it’s not him throwing the ball they can score and with Indianapolis not being great protectors of the football, sitting with a -5 turnover ratio, they’ll give the Pats too many opportunities to win.
In this one, look at the New England Patriots advancing to the Super Bowl yet again but both teams to rack up a big score by combining for over 53.5 points at 12/5. Both teams are capable of scoring even against good defences but it’ll be the experience on the Patriots sideline that’ll help them reach the big game yet again.
With the start that the Patriots had last weekend, Bill Belichick will have drilled into them the importance of a better start. They’ll want to come out firing to put the Colts on the back foot, so back them to be the first to ten points at 8/5 and to show that they mean business early doors.
However, this has the makings of a potential classic between two very good, if not great, quarterbacks and this might be a bit of a show. Luck has been superb in leading his team this season and they’ll want to prove they can hang with the very best, which includes a much-improved New England defence. Go for them to enter the locker room at half time ahead only for Brady to inspire his team to the win at 6/1 and make this game one of the classics of the season.