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A Quick Look: New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts

Intro: The Colts (6-3) will have their final primetime game of the year on Sunday night when the New England Patriots (7-2) head to Lucas Oil Stadium. This marks the 15th time the Colts and Patriots have met since 2003.





INDIANAPOLIS – Another Colts/Patriots plot will be written on Sunday night with the lead up following similar scripts of past meetings.

Here we are in the month of November with the Colts and Patriots leading their divisions, only adding to the allure of Sunday night's matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium.

There isn't a hotter team in the AFC right now then the New England Patriots (7-2).

The Patriots have won five in a row (four by at least 14 points), including a 22-point win over the Broncos before their bye last week.

They have committed just 1 turnover in the last five weeks with the play of the offensive line, resurgence of Rob Gronkowski and a complete secondary contributing to the rise atop the AFC.

Tom Brady has engineered the Patriots' five-game winning streak by completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,601 yards, 18 touchdowns and just one interception.

Gronkowski is a walking mismatch having caught 18 of his last 19 targets for 254 yards and four touchdowns.

Over the years the skill players have changed faces for Brady, but the efficiency of the Patriots has certainly not.

The Patriots are just one of two NFL teams that have three players with at least 500 receiving yards (Gronkowski-663, Julian Edelman-556 and Brandon LaFell-514).

On the other side of the ball, the Patriots secondary is beginning to take shape of what Belichick had envisioned this offseason.

Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner give the Patriots a cornerback duo that can more than hold their own against the elite passing offenses.

One area of improvement for the Patriots out of the bye week has them committing a league-high 699 penalty yards.

Sunday's installment of Colts/Patriots marks the 15th time these two teams have played each other since 2003.

This will be the first such contest in Indianapolis since the Colts thrilling 35-34 win on Sunday Night Football during the 2009 season.

*2014 Record: *7-2, 1st in the AFC East.

*Head Coach: *Bill Belichick, 15th season as Patriots head coach (20th season overall). 206-107 overall in the regular season and 19-9 in the playoffs).

*2014 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 9th (367.0); Rushing, 19th (101.2); Passing, 8th (265.8). Defense – Overall, 16th (355.1); Rushing, 22nd (120.0); Passing, 14th (235.1).

2014 Leading Passer: Tom Brady (214-of-334 comp., 2,392 yards, 64.1 pct., 22 TDs, 3 INTs).

*2014 Leading Rusher: *Shane Vereen (69 carries, 340 yards, 2 TDs).

*2014 Leading Receiver: *Julian Edelman (54 receptions, 556 yards, 2 TDs).

2014 Leading Sacker:  Chandler Jones (4.5).

2014 Turnover Breakdown:  Plus 12 (tied for 1st).

2014 NFL Draft Results:  As always, the Patriots had some interesting picks in their draft. New England chose Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the first round, who was rehabbing an ACL injury. In the second round, the Patriots looked to the future by selecting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Fourth-round pick Bryan Stork has started four of the last six games at the center position.

*2013 Review: *Even with some tough injuries on both sides of the ball, the Patriots secured a bye for the fourth straight season. The Patriots held off the Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs before heading to Denver for the AFC Championship. A trip back to the Super Bowl wasn't in the cards though as the Patriots fell to Denver, 26-16, ending their season.

Last time in Playoffs:  2013 season. Lost in the AFC Championship, 26-16, to the Denver Broncos.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *2011 season. Lost Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17, to the New York Giants.

*Super Bowl Championships: *Three. Won Super Bowl XXXVI (2001), Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003) and XXXIX (2004).

2014 Pro Bowl Selections: QB-Tom Brady, K-Stephen Gostkowski, OG-Logan Mankins, ST-Matthew Slater and CB-Aqib Talib.

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