Thursday, April 18, 2024

Colts down Patriots 10-6, move to 5-5

The Indianapolis Colts closed out the international games for 2023 with a pretty dire 10-6 win over the New England Patriots.

There was only one touchdown in the game, a Jonathan Taylor 1 yard run on the Colts opening drive, in a defensively obsessed game. A lot of that was down to good defence, and a lot was down to very poor offensive play…particularly from the Patriots starter Mac Jones.

Jones was yanked with 2:25 remaining in the game, and questions will have to be asked about his long-term future with the Patriots.


As much as the story will revolve around Mac Jones performance, it was the Colts defence that should get all the plaudits. Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley‘s unit took interceptions on the last two Patriots drives and didn’t allow the Patriots to score a touchdown all game.

Arguably the two interceptions were horrible throws. The first when Patriots start Mac Jones under threw a wide open Mike Gesicki by 10-yards. The second when Bailey Zappe, in for the horrible Mac Jones, threw a ball into double coverage of a receiver who wasn’t really there.

But don’t sleep on the Colts, they may not be great but they are always competitive in games, and at 5-5 are very much in the playoff hunt.

Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots
1st Downs1421
Passing 1st downs89
Rushing 1st downs411
1st downs from penalties21
3rd down efficiency5-136-14
4th down efficiency2-21-1
Total Plays5468
Total Yards264340
Total Drives1010
Yards per Play4.95.0
Yards per pass6.95.4
Interceptions thrown12
Sacks-Yards Lost0-05-22
Rushing Attempts2636
Yards per rush2.74.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-10-4
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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