The New England Patriots (8-2) showed no signs of slowing down Sunday night as they crushed the Indianapolis Colts (6-4) 42-20. The Patriots’ backfield showed tremendous signs of life, setting the tone for an unstoppable rushing attack, with Jonas Gray becoming the talk of the town.
Gray rushed for a career-high 199 yards, while setting a franchise records with four touchdowns.
“I’ll probably go home tonight, I’ll probably just lay in bed and look up at the ceiling and be just astonished at what’s going on,” Gray said. “I’m just writing a great story, man. It’s exciting.”
Andrew Luck and the Colts couldn’t figure out a way to stop the Patriots once they began rolling. New England rushed for 244 yards Sunday night, compared to just 19 rushing yards by the Colts.
“Very disappointed, not acceptable by any means,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “They beat us soundly.”
Not all was bad for the Colts, though. Andrew Luck extended his consecutive 300+ passing yards per game to eight, while going for 23-of-39 for 303 yards and two TDs. He is now one game away from matching the NFL record set by Drew Brees.
Tom Brady had a slow first half, throwing two interceptions, but quickly bounced back in the second half. He went 19-of-30 for 257 yards and two touchdowns.
“There’s games that you go into and we’re not sure how well we’re going to run it,” Brady said. “But when it’s going well, you just want to keep giving it to them. We try to stay balanced. But if they’re not going to respect the running game, then you have to keep giving it to them.”
The Patriots have now won six in a row and will look to extend that streak next Sunday, when they face the Detroit Lions. Indianapolis will look to bounce back from their loss with an easier match-up against the dreadful Jacksonville Jaguars.
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