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Thursday Night Football, Week 5: Colts try to reinvigorate rivalry with Patriots

Since Peyton Manning left, this hasn’t been much of a rivalry at all.

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New England Patriots v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Remember when an Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots game was must-see TV? The Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry was one of the best quarterback matchups in the NFL, and the teams seemingly played every year. In fact, between Manning’s rookie year of 1998 and his final year in Indy in 2011, only the 2002 season saw the two teams fail to play one another in the regular season. There were also three playoff games in that span, two of which were Patriots victories.

Since Manning’s departure led to Andrew Luck’s arrival, this is anything but a rivalry. Starting in Luck’s rookie year of 2012, the teams have played five times, including twice in the postseason, and every one of those games has been a Patriots win. To make matters worse, the Colts have only kept one of those five games within twenty points!

Can Luck and company take advantage of a surprisingly slow 2-2 start to the season by Bill Belichick’s team? Or will we see more of the same in terms of recent history between these teams? Tune in tonight to find out.


Indianapolis Colts (1-3) vs. New England Patriots (2-2)


Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA


Thursday, October 8, 2018
8:20 PM Eastern Time


TV Broadcasts

FOX & NFL Network
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Online Streaming

FOX Sports Go
NFL Network Online
Amazon Prime

Radio Broadcast

Westwood One Sports
Sirius 81/83, XM 225/226



Patriots favored by 10.5 points
Over/under total: 51.5

Last meeting

Week 6 2015: Patriots 34, @Colts 27

All-Time head-to-head record

Regular season: Patriots lead 47-28-0
Playoffs: Patriots lead 4-1

Last week

Colts: lost vs. Texans 37-34 (OT)
Patriots: won vs. Dolphins 38-7