AFC Championship Game Predictions – Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots

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Fresh off demolishing the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round, the Indianapolis Colts are heading to Boston looking to serve another upset—now from the New England Patriots. Will Andrew Luck outduel Brady in company in this game that features two teams with combustible passing games?

AFC Championship Game PredictionsWhere: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

When: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 6:40 PM ET

Line: Indianapolis Colts (+7) vs. New England Patriots (-7); total: 54.0 – see all NFL lines

After winning a showdown with Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck will now challenge another future Hall of Famer in Tom Brady.

Led by the third-year quarterback, the Colts could actually get after dark favored Denver Broncos, 24-13, on Sunday to clinch a spot in the AFC Conference Championship game. Luck passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns and went unscathed all game long as his protection unit didn’t allow a sack.

Luck also had an excellent game against New England, albeit in a hardcore 42-20 loss, in Week 11, as he completed 23 of 39 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Colts’defense was helpless against New England, giving up 503 total yards.  That being said, The Colts have been playing better on defense by late. The Colts team New England is about to handle this coming Sunday brings a defense that’s come to life because the start of the playoffs.

In the AFC Divisional Round game, the Colts limited Peyton Manning right down to a pedestrian 211 passing yards and a touchdown. Weekly before, the Colts’defense allowed Andy Dalton to throw for only 155 yards and sacked him 3 times as Indy took a convincing 26-10 win in Lucas Oil Stadium.

If the Colts get more possession time this could translate to raised offense for Indianapolis, which racked up 322 total yards in Week 11 despite only having 25:30 minutes of possession.

Running back Daniel Herron has been making a significant name for himself in this playoffs. The former Ohio State standout has 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns throughout the last two Colts games. He’s been a vital cog in the passing game, as he’s 117 receiving yards on 18 catches during that stretch.

So long as Tom Brady is on the field, you can rely on the Patriots to accomplish something special

Down by 14 twice in the AFC Divisional Round game from the Baltimore Ravens, Brady engineered a comeback for the ages, towing the Patriots to a 35-31 victory to simply help New England reach the AFC Conference Championship game for the fourth consecutive season. Brady finished the ball game with 367 passing yards and three touchdowns, including a 23-yard pass to Brandon LaFell late in the fourth quarter that gave the Patriots the lead for good.

Expect Brady’s arm to obtain another heavy workload from the Colts on Sunday. After throwing 50 passes and completing 33 of them against Baltimore, Brady is likely to be up against Indianapolis’ defense he assaulted for 257 yards in just 30 passes in Week 11.

Still, the Patriots will need their backfield showing up against Indy. In the end, they set up 246 rushing yards from the Colts within their first meeting. Most of these yards, however, originated from Jonas Gray who burned the turf for 201 yards. Gray has since been mediocre at best, generating only 80 yards over another five games. LeGarrette Blount, meanwhile, should be aching to see a growth in carries. He only had three carries for a yard in the Baltimore game. Blount ended the regular season with 547 rushing yards and four touchdowns

Dating back to 2010, the Patriots are 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS within their last four home games against Indianapolis. AFC Championship Game Predictions Indianapolis Colts as well as the 7 points in this one.

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