Patriots Week 11 Preview
NFL 2012 Week 11
For the 10th consecutive season, the Colts and Patriots will meet. This time, New England will get its first look at Indianapolis rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
Brian Billick previews the Colts-Patriots matchup
Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at New England Patriots (6-3)
(Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)
Luck has guided the Colts to four consecutive wins and has won six of his first nine career starts, passing for 2,631 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 159 yards and five scores. Last week against Jacksonville, Luck rushed for two TDs in Indianapolis' 27-10 win. Luck's five rushing TDs are the most by a quarterback in a season in franchise history.
"This win was huge," says Luck, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. "We wanted to keep our winning streak going. This is a good step in the right direction, but no one looks back at the fact that you were 6-3 in the middle of the season. It's what we do at the end of the season."
The next challenge for the Colts will be going on the road to New England to face the AFC East division leader. The
Patriots have won three in a row, including last week's 37-31 victory over Buffalo.
New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for two touchdowns last week and improved to 20-2 in his career against the Bills. The Patriots' defense helped seal the victory with an interception in the end zone with 23 seconds remaining by defensive back DEVIN MC COURTY.
"No matter what happens in the game, there's nothing bigger than a turnover," says McCourty. "When the game gets toward the end, those big plays change the game."
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