December 6, 2023


The Patriots head to Germany on the lowest level within the franchise’s latest historical past and are in determined want of a win.

Mac Jones and the Patriots hope to have a repeat of final yr’s sport towards the Colts. Jim Davis/Globe Employees


The Patriots haven’t been sending many self-congratulatory emails concerning the crew breaking any Nielsen TV rankings these days. I doubt Sunday morning’s 9:30 begin goes to help any in that division. 

For many of us, the Patriots will at all times be appointment viewing. We keep in mind Sunday afternoon community blackouts and nonetheless have a morsel of PTSD each time the community switches to the native feed. Sunday morning? Saturday night time? The Patriots are taking part in on the moon? What time? Odds are, except there’s an ill-timed indoor soccer match on your loved ones’s calendar (by the best way, we have to have this dialogue with too many youth leagues on this state), we’ll be watching. 

That features Sunday morning, when the Patriots and the Colts will most likely set again any framework the NFL had constructed with final week’s Chiefs-Dolphins showdown. That sport had offensive firepower. This one has Mac Jones. 

Ten years in the past, the NFL ought to have been proud to push Colts-Patriots on our abroad mates. Nowadays, it’s the equal to sending the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators to Paris. Inform me the explanation anybody ought to care. 

American soccer in Germany. This one gained’t be blacked out in New England. 

For the sake of fine soccer although, they could need to restrict how a lot a German tv viewers can see of this sport. 

This week’s predictions: 

Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Patriots 23, Colts 20. “Upset! One other 9:30 a.m. kickoff for second of two video games in Frankfurt, although this matchup pales in comparison with Chiefs-Dolphins final week. (Perhaps informal German followers suppose they’re getting Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady?) I’ve taken some hits believing Pats can’t be this dangerous and anticipating a turnaround … and but right here I am going once more. NE has gained 9 of previous 10 vs. Indy and Beleaguered Invoice will discover a approach once more.”

Neil Greenberg, Washington Publish: Patriots (-3.5). 

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Instances: Colts 23, Patriots 14. “Colts usually don’t play effectively towards Invoice Belichick’s groups, however these aren’t the identical Patriots. Indianapolis entrance seven is stingy, and DeForest Buckner is without doubt one of the NFL’s best-kept secrets and techniques.”

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports activities: Colts 20, Patriots 14. “The Patriots are reeling and there’s discuss Invoice Belichick could possibly be in bother. I don’t purchase it, however that’s not a very good factor to have hanging over this crew. The Colts beat the Panthers final week, due to their protection with two touchdowns off picks. The offense didn’t do a lot, however the Patriots don’t do a lot on offense both. This shall be a low-scoring sport gained by the Colts.”

CBS Sports activities workers: 5 of eight take Indy (-1.5) 

ESPN workers: Break up 

Michael Hurley, CBS Boston: Colts (-1.5). “The Colts aren’t precisely a very good crew, no. They simply beat the aforementioned 1-7 Panthers to snap a three-game shedding streak. However I guess their vibes are a lot better heading over to Frankfurt, and I guess Gardner Minshew can play simply in addition to Sam Howell did towards the Patriots per week in the past.”

Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice: Colts (-1.5). “When you’re an NFL fan in Germany, hopefully you bought tickets to Dolphins-Chiefs final week, and never this sport.” 

Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports activities: Colts (-1.5). “It’s a Germany sport and that may get wonky. It’s unattainable to inform how the journey will have an effect on this sport nevertheless it’s fairly apparent the Colts are the higher crew, though they’re flawed too.”

Sheil Kapadia, The Ringer: Colts (-1.5). “You shouldn’t gamble on this sport. I’m making a choose solely as a result of I’ve to.”

MMQB workers: 5 out of seven just like the Colts. 

Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting Information: Colts 24, Patriots 20. “Gardner Minshew is taking some hits within the passing sport, however he’s been lifted by Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss operating each week and the protection is beginning to get higher, particularly on the again finish vs. the move. Mac Jones has been extra competent with extra various weapons and a operating sport revival, however he’s nonetheless lacking throws and making a couple of key errors.”

Invoice Bender, The Sporting Information: Patriots 20, Colts 19. “The Colts and Patriots will play at Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany in a matchup that used to outline the AFC championship hunt. The Colts rank seventh within the NFL with 14 takeaways, and the Patriots have been depressing on offense the final three weeks. New England has gained the turnover battle the final three weeks and continues to be 1-2. Why do now we have a hunch that Invoice Belichick will pull an abroad upset, nonetheless small?” 

Mike Florio, Professional Soccer Speak: Colts 23, Patriots 17. “Sorry, Germany. A once-compelling rivalry has gone from apple strudel to street apple.”

Chris Simms, Professional Soccer Speak: Patriots 23, Colts 20. 

It says right here: Colts 21, Patriots 6. I’m wondering what we’re instructing the Germans about Deflategate this week.