The Patriots will play their arch-nemesis the Colts on Sunday Night Football, a game most Pats fans and players have had circled all off-season.
The Patriots are likely to be without number two corner Tarell Brown for Sunday and maybe beyond, according to NFL’s media insider Ian Rapoport. That’s the corner, I had matched up with Andre Jonhnson, but with the recent signing of a 6’2 corner, I’m guessing that’s the game plan for Andre on Sunday.
Here are the 3 matchups to watch for on Sunday.
1. CB Rashaan Melvin Vs WR Andre Johnson:
It might be a long shot to believe Melvin will come in and learn quickly enough to play Sunday against the Colts, but with Brown out, it’s something he has to do. He has the perfect size to match up with Andre Johnson, and since Johnson isn’t exactly who he use to be it’s the perfect first match up for the new guy. He really needs to win this battle to make life on Hasselbeck or Luck hard and to make sure they have no extra weapons.
2. RB Dion Lewis Vs LB D’Qwell Jackson:
The Pats Julian Edelmand and Dion Lewis should all big games against the Colts. The Colts are good at stopping the long ball, but not the short ball, which just so happens to be a specialty of the Patriots. Dion Lewis may have another big game on the ground and through the air. Lewis should be a target against a Colts team that doesn’t have much of an under coverage.
3. TE Rob Gronkowski Vs SS Mike Adams:
If Gronk is catching 8 passes for 100 yards the Pats are probably winning. It’s always a good thing to get him involved. It may take some time to get him involved, but at some point the Patriots will. The Colts always get an interception against Brady when he tries to throw a seam route up the middle because the Colts have that route down to a science, so the Pats will try to get Gronk involved in other ways. Quick slants mostly, for a while anyways, and then go from there. But if big Gronk gets going, the Pats will be fine. Adams offers a nice matchup for Gronk.