INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts bye week is officially in the books with full attention moving to the New England Patriots.
The safety topic was a major headline on Monday with Chuck Pagano updating the status of LaRon Landry for this week.
Here are a few headlines from Pagano meeting the media on Monday:
Chuck Pagano said that Erik Walden (hip) and Arthur Jones (ankle) worked with trainers during Monday morning's practice.
Those two, along with Josh McNary (ankle), missed the Giants game.
Chuck Pagano on if LaRon Landry will start on Sunday night:
"No, but he will play."
Bowen's Analysis: Sergio Brown will keep his starting job as Landry returns to action against the Patriots. Pagano said he has sat down and talked with Landry and said the move is a combination of Brown's recent play and Landry still getting back into the swing of things.
In Brown, the Colts maintain a rangy presence at the back end of the defense that has complemented Mike Adams very well in the last five games. Safeties coach Roy Anderson said last week that Brown brings "energy to the defense" and believes the entire unit feeds off of that passion. Watching Brown knock away a couple of passes late in the Giants game is evidence of the cover ability he has and can continue to provide the secondary.
Chuck Pagano on the challenge of facing Tom Brady:
"It's hard to find any flaws in his game.
"He does a great job with whoever they give him from a skill set standpoint."
Bowen's Analysis: It's laughable thinking some people questioned the play of Brady after the first month of the season. Pagano said on Monday that Brady is a "no brainer" Hall of Famer.
During the Patriots' five-game winning streak, Brady has been Canton-esque. Brady has thrown for 1,601 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception in that stretch, while capturing the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October. Pagano said it best that Brady continues to do it with some new faces at the skill spots. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is back to his All-Pro play though and the Patriots are just one of two NFL teams with three guys having at least 500 receiving yards (Gronkowski-663, Julian Edelman-556 and Brandon LaFell-514).
Chuck Pagano on Andrew Luck having a full group of weapons for this Patriots meeting:
"Certainly it will help.
"Obviously, to have the weapons that we have doesn't guarantee anything, but it's sure nice to have."
Bowen's Analysis:* *There's no denying a major reason for the success of the Colts offense in 2014 has been the health of the unit, particularly the skill guys. The group appears to be healthy coming out of the bye week with a stern test now waiting on Sunday night.
Bill Belichick thrives off taking advantage of individual matchups and he will have his hands full with the Colts skill guys. If you look at last year's Colts/Patriots playoff matchup, 24 of Luck's 41 targets went to guys named Griff Whalen, Jack Doyle or players that are no longer with the team. Joining T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener on Sunday night will be the healthy bodies of Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen, Ahmad Bradshaw and several other skill players Luck didn't have last January.