The AFC Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs begin on Saturday night, with a renewed rivalry between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. for more opinions from the New England side of things, I reached out to Tim Dillon, from Musket Fire.com.
Naptown’s Finest – How impressed have you been by New England’s ability to succeed this season, despite all the drama and injuries?
Musket Fire – It’s been incredibly impressive. I’ll be honest, my expectations for the season tanked pretty hard after the injuries piled up, but I’ve learned to never count out the Patriots. While I don’t think they’ll win the Super Bowl, the fact that they were able to go 12-4 and clinch a first-round bye after all the key injuries is very impressive. The success should merit the Coach of the Year award for Bill Belichick, but we’ll see about that.
NF – What is your impression of the 2013-14 Indianapolis Colts?
MF – The 2013-2014 Colts are an impressive group too since they have overcome their share of injuries. The loss of Reggie Wayne was huge considering the limited offensive weapons Andrew Luck has without him, but they’re back in the playoffs. Andrew Luck has played his best against the toughest opponents and the Colts were able to beat excellent teams like Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. They are very resilient and could be dangerous riding the momentum of the comeback win over Kansas City.
NF - What about the Patriots should the Colts be most concerned about?
NF – What is your prediction for Saturday’s game?
MF – Saturday’s game is a tough one to predict. I think the Colts will play very well, but in the end I think New England will prevail at home, 34-27.