Two of the hottest teams in the AFC will square off in a game with major implications on the playoff race and seeding.
New England moves into first place in the AFC East on the back of seven-straight winning games. New England and Arizona are the only teams in the NFL yet to lose a game on the road this season.
Indianapolis started the season 1-4 but is still very much in the mix for a playoff spot, although back-to-back games against the Patriots and Cardinals is not the easiest path to the postseason before ending the regular season versus the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The NFL odds list New England at -350 to win the AFC East title, what would be their 17th time in the last 19 seasons.
- Game: New England (9-4) at Indianapolis (7-6)
- Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, December 18, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Television: NFL Network
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
|New England||+2 (-105)||+115||45½ (-110o)|
|Indianapolis||-2 (-115)||-135||45½ (-110u)|
The New England Patriots were listed by the NFL picks against the spread as 10½-point favorites against the visiting Indianapolis Colts when the teams last met in 2018.
Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as the Patriots never trailed. Andrew Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes to make it a seven-point game early in the fourth quarter before a pair of New England touchdowns put the game away.
The 38-24 win was the eighth straight win by New England over Indianapolis with the Patriots covering in five of the last six meetings.
Sony Michel’s 34-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter put the game over the 50-point total. It was the eighth time in the last nine meetings that the game went over the total.
New England Patriots
Next game: vs. Buffalo
The visiting New England Patriots were listed by the Las Vegas odds as three-point underdogs against the host Buffalo Bills.
Playing against heavy winds that made it very difficult to throw the ball for two quarters (depending on which way they were facing), New England’s lone touchdown came on a Damien Harris 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. New England attempted only three passes in the 14-10 win, making it the third-lowest number of pass attempts for a victory in NFL history.
The game obviously went well under the 40-point total, but New England did cover for the seventh game in a row.
Running back Damien Harris (hamstring) and defensive backs Adrian Phillips (knee) and Joshuah Bledsoe are questionable. Linebacker Harvey Langi (knee) has been listed on the designated to return from injured reserve list. Defensive back Kyle Dugger and running back J.J. Taylor have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Tight end Dalton Keene (knee) is out.
While many Patriots players got out of New England for their bye week, Damien Harris was at the facility, rehabbing his injured hamstring.
“If there’s any way to find a way to get on the field to play, that’s what he’s going to do.”https://t.co/Mx3ZxhFQpu
— NESN (@NESN) December 13, 2021
Next game: at Arizona
The Indianapolis Colts were listed by the scores and odds as 10-point favorites against the host Houston Texans.
The first of two Jonathan Taylor touchdown runs would be all the scoring Indianapolis would need in the convincing 31-0 win as Houston managed only 141 yards of offense. The game fell well under the 45½-point total.
Linebacker Zaire Franklin is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Center Ryan Kelly (knee) is out, as well as being on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Betting on the Game
This is the first meeting between the teams when either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning isn’t playing since the late 1990s. Rookie Mac Jones, the frontrunner for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, leads the Patriots offense while NFL rushing leader Jonathan Taylor is the go-to player on offense for the Colts.
The Colts lead the NFL with a +13 turnover margin while New England’s defense ranks second in the NFL with 19 interceptions.
The total has gone over in eight of the last nine meetings between New England and Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is 3-16-1 against the spread in its last 20 home games against New England.