AFC Championship Preview

afc championship

When:-Sunday 6:40 pm ET

Where- Gillette Stadium, Foxboro Massachusetts

TV- CBS

Weather conditions at kickoff: 40 Degrees

It’s championship weekend.  The resurgent Indianapolis Colts (13-5) travel to Foxboro to take on the (13-4) New England Patriots.  This game pits the NFL’s next great QB Andrew Luck against the savvy successful veteran Tom Brady.  Last week there was an official passing of the torch when Luck went into Denver and dismantled the mighty Denver Broncos (sorry Breazy).  Luck showcased a skill set that comes around every 20 years or so in the NFL.  Luck made plays in the pocket, outside the pocket, throwing with touch, throwing darts, and everything in between.  This week he has a tall task to go into Foxboro and defeat Tom Brady.  The Patriots have the advantage in this game simply because they have the experience.  This is New England’s 9th NFC Championship since Belicheck and Brady got together in the early 2000’s.  It’s been a magical run, and there would be nothing more fitting than ending it with another AFC Championship and Super Bowl berth.

Important things to know:  New England has to find a way to establish the run to keep the Indianapolis pass rush at bay.  The Colts don’t have the big name pass rushers that they’ve had in past year but you cannot just sit back and throw all game.  New England rushed for 14 yards last week, and it’s safe to say that they won’t win this game if they cannot successfully run the football.  Even if it’s not working they have to stick with it early to keep Indianapolis honest so they don’t just pin their ears back and come after Brady.   The good news is that in the first meeting, journeyman  Jonas Gray rushed for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns in a New England blowout.  On the Indianapolis side the Colts skill players are going to have to consistently catch the football and make plays after the catch and down the field.  Things will be a lot different this time around, and this has the makings of a good game.

Corner Politics Prediction:  Bill Belicheck and the Patriots have not been as good in revenge games but I believe that they hold serve and get to the Superbowl.    I believe that the Patriots have the better team, and it’s simply not Andrew Luck’s time yet.  Look for the Colts to come out hot in the first half, and then New England runs away with it in the 2nd half.  Final Score 28-20 Patriots.  Grab a Drink and enjoy the game!!!

David Roberson II

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