Patriot fans were introduced to a new playmaker in New England’s offense during Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Jonas Gray helped the Patriots to a resounding 42-20 victory over the Colts with 38 carries for 199 yards and 4 TDs. Gray, who was in danger of being cut during training camp this year, began the night with only 32 carries and 108 yards. He effectively doubled his stats in a single game and scored as many rushing touchdowns on Sunday night as the rest of the league’s teams combined.
Gray’s performance was essential to the Patriots’ offense as Brady started strong with a strong drive for 89 yards on their first possession, but lost his momentum after a few troubled plays. Brady had two interceptions in the first half, one of which was converted into an easy 10-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck to Hakeem Nicks. The score at the start of the second half was still 14-10, but the Colts couldn’t keep up the pressure.
The Patriots began to pull away in the third quarter, notching two more TDs with only a FG in response from the Colts. Despite the difficulty scoring, Luck had a strong performance for Indianapolis. He notched another 300-yard game with 23 of 39 passes completed, extending his streak to eight games with over 300 passing yards. His last score of the game was to an unlikely receiver, Anthony Castonzo, giving the Colts’ Offensive Tackle his first career TD reception. But the Patriots didn’t slow their pace. The scoring was steady, with Gray scoring another two TDs and Brady connecting with Tim Wright and Rob Gronkowski for another two TDs before the game’s end.
The result brings the Patriots’ record to 8-2 for the season and solidifying their position as the leading team in the AFC. Next week, they’ll match up against the strong running defense of the Detroit Lions, who stand at 7-3 after their loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Colts drop to 6-4 on the season, struggling against their biggest match-ups and suggesting some problems for their likelihood as playoff contenders. Next week, Indianapolis will play the Jacksonville Jaguars. Luck will have a great chance to add another 300-yard passing game to his streak, tying Drew Breeze for the NFL record and keeping his team in the running for a top spot in the playoffs.