INDIANAPOLIS – Back from the bye week, the Colts are now in full Patriots preparation with a return to the practice field on Wednesday.
The Colts will practice again the next two days before a final walk-through on Saturday morning.
Here are a few sound bites from Chuck Pagano talking to the media on Wednesday:
Chuck Pagano on getting to Tom Brady:
"We've got to find ways to continue to generate pressure.
"If this guy's got time, I think we all know that he can do a ton of damage to your defense."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Like it always is with the Colts, stopping the run is the top priority, but pressure on Brady isn't far behind. In the Patriots' two losses, Brady was sacked seven times. In New England's seven wins, Brady was sacked seven times.
Now, the Colts pass rush has been impressive in winning six of their last seven games with the one outlier being in Pittsburgh. Brady does such a good job of getting the ball out quickly, knowing his strength isn't that of a scrambler. That's why the health of Erik Walden is something to watch the rest of the week. Rookie Jonathan Newsome has emerged off the edge but having a healthy Walden will certainly add to the depth at the outside linebacker position.
Chuck Pagano on the playoff implications of a win on Sunday:
"Total focus is on our preparation for Sunday, period.
"If we don't take care of today, finish up with great meetings, extra film, treatment, rest, eat right, take care of tomorrow, take care of Friday, take care of Saturday, it won't matter."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano isn't biting on any talk outside of Week 11, Colts/Patriots. While this is such a week-to-week league, it's hard to ignore the significance of this game for potential playoff scenarios.
In so many of these past Colts/Patriots meetings, regular season records at the end of the year have been decided by one or two games, meaning Sunday certainly will play a role in how these two division leaders see their seasons play out. If the Colts maintain control of the AFC South, then tiebreakers over the other division leaders will come into play to decide home field advantage. A win on Sunday would be critical to possibly earning a home game or two come January.
Chuck Pagano on Bill Belichick:
"He understands every facet of the game. He has a plan, he has a formula and he doesn't deviate from that formula.
"He's a really good X-and-O guy and he knows every facet of the game. He's a great manager on game day."
Bowen's Analysis: Whenever the Patriots come up in discussion, the coaching ability of Belichick is usually not far behind. He's obviously very highly respected around the NFL and Pagano has had his fair share of matchups against the future Hall of Fame coach.
Things to watch matchup wise on Sunday will be how Belichick chooses to defend the Colts passing attack, particularly T.Y. Hilton. On the other side of the ball, how the Patriots use their passing weapons will be a key area knowing how the Colts cornerbacks can thrive on an island.INJURY NOTES
Here is the injury report for Wednesday:
-DNP- Gosder Cherilus (groin), Arthur Jones (ankle), Erik Walden (quad) and Reggie Wayne (rest)
-Jones re-injured himself in the Steelers game and has not been on the practice field since. Jones brother, Chandler, is a formidable end for the Patriots and also missed Wednesday's practice. Pagano listed the first three as day-to-day.
-LIMITED- Victor Butler (hamstring) and Henoc Muamba (toe)
-Both Butler and Muamba are primarily used on special teams with Butler providing some depth off the edge in Walden's absence.
-FULL- Josh McNary (ankle)
-Good to see McNary back out there considering he missed the Giants game. In his short career, McNary has been a guy that has been used in obvious passing situations.