Why this game is intriguing: Just like old times, right? Colts vs. Patriots, a former No. 1 pick at quarterback vs. Tom Brady. On during the coveted 4:25 p.m. ET time slot, so most of America can watch it. If this was Brady vs. Peyton Manning, it'd be ranked No. 1. But rookie Andrew Luck still has a ways to go before he earns such lofty status, or be expected to duel with Brady. In fact, while there are plenty of facets that make this game interesting, this core question is at the top: Can Luck engage Brady like Manning has? Can he walk onto the field at Gillette Stadium knowing that his own offense had better score and keep scoring? Against the in-progress Patriots defense, Luck will have a chance. The feel-good story of the NFL has been that of the Chuckstrong Colts. Indianapolis has thrived to the tune of a 6-3 record -- same as the Patriots. The Colts have taken down the Green Bay Packers and put themselves in position to have a real chance at the playoffs. But how real are they? How ahead of schedule are they? That's what we should get to see. That, and some aesthetically pleasing passing heroics.
Published: Nov 14, 2012 at 06:06 AM
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