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The Indianapolis Colts entered Week 16 with another must-win situation staring them in the face. They were taking on a New York Giants team that had just been shut out by the Tennessee Titans Youth Anthony Walker Jersey , but had also been pretty hot of late themselves before that.The Colts came out flat in the first half going down two scores early on, but were able to bring themselves back into striking distance early on in the second half, and again late in the third quarter and were forced to do it without Ryan Kelly and Eric Ebron as well.In the end the Colts were able to fight through some bad early play, far too many penalties, bad third-down defense for much of the game and a host of injuries to pull out a 28-27 win in the final minute of the game to improve to 9-6, and remain in the hunt for the final playoff spot.Here are a few takeaways from today’s big Colts victory.Colts secondary gets diced up by Eli ManningThe Colts have taken a lot of pride this season in not allowing a high number of big plays through the passing game. They’ve been pretty consistent in that category too, but today was not a day that they should look back on in a positive light.Eli Manning began his chunk-yardage passing by hitting Sterling Shepard for 17 yards on their first drive of the game, and added another deep ball to Shepard for 55 yards after he got behind Pierre Desir without safety help over the top. On the Giants’ third possession Manning found tight end Bennie Fowler across the middle for a 26-yard gain as well as Shepard again a few plays later for another 20-yard pickup.Manning also hit Evan Engram down the middle of the field for a 32-yard pass-and-catch that put the Giants inside the 5-yard line that set up another Giants’ score. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Colts gave up several more gains of 15-plus yards and that simply cannot continue if the Colts want to make the playoffs, or actually do something in the postseason if they do. It hadn’t been their M.O. so to speak, but teams are watching veryclosely this time of year for teams who are giving up those big gains.Also of note, that when it came down to the final drive of the game, the Colts defense took advantage of Manning trying to get downfield and picked him off to seal the game. They were much better in the second half defensively, but this still must get sewn up in practice this week for the Colts’ defense.Colts lose several to injuryThis week we, again, noticed that the Colts’ injury report was quite lengthy. There have been several weeks with 10-plus players being dinged up heading into the week, but it seemed today that even though the Colts put a lot of those players on the field, they seemingly continued to drop like flies throughout the game.Eric Ebron left the game with a concussion after getting squeezed by three defenders just before halftime and didn’t return. Kenny Moore needed help to get to the sideline after a leg injury Anthony Walker Jersey Stitched , and Ryan Kelly left with a neck injury as well before halftime. The Colts’ secondary took an additional hit when Quincy Wilson went into the observation tent soon after Moore left the field.The Colts were already without Anthony Walker and Clayton Geathers to begin with, and the defense was picked apart through large portions of the game as the Colts had to heavily rotate defenders on the back end throughout the game.At this point in the season, every team is pretty banged up, but the Colts have a larger amount of players in the training room than others again this season it appears.Colts have continued great run defenseLast week the Colts had to take on Ezekiel Elliott, and were able to make him a non-factor in the second half as the Cowboys were forced to go to the air in attempt to get into the game. Elliott was effective in terms of yards per attempt, but a good amount of his success came on just a few plays, including a 24-yard burst.Otherwise the Colts held the Cowboys’ rusher to a very mediocre stat line. This week the Colts had to take on another impressive running back in Saquon Barkley and this time, they never let him gain any momentum at all.The Colts were able to limit Barkley to an average of only 2 yards per attempt throughout the game and didn’t really let him break one as a receiver out of the backfield either. The Colts have continued to hold opposing running backs to under the 100-yard mark all season and that will be critical going forward, especially if the Colts can find a way into the playoffs. The Patriots have dominated the Colts over the past few seasons, but there could be a change of guard in the AFC."The Patriots are reigning Super Bowl champions and never seem to go away. Tom Brady is 41 years old, and still playing at a high level. He even is an excellent playoff quarterback. To go along with him, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. The Patriots have once again lost plenty of talent in free agency. Their squad is still deep, however, and they look like a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.They have to be considered early favorites to go to the Super Bowl for the umpteenth time.StrengthsPhoto by Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesThe Patriots’ biggest strength last season was their offense. They ranked in the top 5 in rushing offense and top 10 in passing. The Rams were the only other team to have a top 10 running and passing offense. The success of the Patriots offense relies a lot on the experience and pre-snap reads of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is the perfect quarterback to run the complex offense of the Patriots. He gets the ball out of his hands lighting fast while not allowing the opposing pass rush to get to him. His years of experience have allowed him to become the best at reading defenses and adjusting throughout the game.Behind Brady, the Pats have perhaps the best running back group in the NFL. Led by rookie sensation and playoff hero Sony Michel, and featuring receiving specialist James White, and versatile Rex Burkhead. Michel has the talent and potential to become one of the best running backs in the NFL, White is nearly impossible to cover in the passing game Youth Kenny Moore Jersey , and is an excellent chain mover, and Burkhead does a bit of everything. In front of the backs, they have one of the best offensive lines in the League. Brady’s pre-snap reads surely make life easier for them, but the line is rarely penalized, always seem to give Brady enough time to throw and can open up running lanes. They might have lost starting left tackle Trent Brown in free agency, but they are getting back former first-round pick Isaiah Wynn from injury. Also worth noting, the Patriots have Josh “The Snake” McDaniels calling the shots on offense, and despite the hate we Colts fans have for him, he is a pretty good offensive coordinator.The Pats also had one of the best scoring defenses in the NFL and were among the League best in turnovers forced. Despite a lack of pass rush (30th in sacks), the Patriots defense found ways to keep opponents off the scoreboard.Finally, the Patriots biggest strength: Bill Belichick. BB is unarguably the greatest coach in NFL history, and perhaps even the history of sports, period. He consistently gets the most out of every player he coaches, his players are always in the best position to succeed, the Pats are mentally the toughest team and he just has a winning aura around him. As long as BB is the coach, the road to the Super Bowl goes through New England.WeaknessesPhoto by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesIt is quite hard to find a glaring weakness in the Patriots, as the rest of the NFL may agree, and whatever flaws they do have Kenny Moore Jersey Stitched , Bill Belichick does a damn good job at concealing them.The Patriots biggest question mark heading into next season has to be whether or not Tom Brady can continue playing at an elite level, as he will start the season at 42 years old. Quarterbacks do not generally decline gradually. Instead, they seem to suddenly fall off a cliff. Peyton Manning posted a 9 touchdown, 17 interception, 2249 yards (10 starts) season immediately after a 39/15/4727 one. If Brady regresses like Manning, then the Patriots chances of success drop drastically. The Patriots lack of talent in the front 7 is also cause for concern, especially after losing starter Trey Flowers in free-agency. The Patriots were awful at rushing the opposing passer. However, the fact the pass-rush was nearly nonexistent did not seem to handcuff the defense, and they will probably do just fine without a premier pass-rusher on the team.How they match up with the ColtsThe Patriots have had the Colts’ number since Andrew Luck took over at quarterback, but with the direction the Colts have been going recently, that could change. The Patriots became a run-first team last season, relying heavily on their running back group. The Colts were quite good at stopping the run last year, ranking 8th in yards allowed. If the Colts are able to stop the Pats rushing attack and force Brady to beat them with his arm, they have their best chance of winning. Stopping the short throws the Patriots rely on is also imperative. The Colts cornerbacks are capable of playing press coverage, and both Darius Leonard and rookie Bobby Okereke have the athleticism to cover James White on passing downs. Without Tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots also lack an established vertical threat, which should allow Eberflus to play a much more compact defense.The Colts elite offensive line should be able to give Luck more than enough time to try and beat New England’s talented secondary, but if the Colts want a real shot at beating their arch-rivals Youth Eric Ebron Jersey , then the running game has to be established early. On this season’s Week 5 match-up, the Colts were without starting running back Marlon Mack, and it showed. The Colts gained only 84 yards on the ground. Also, the Colts pass rush had 0 sacks and got to hit Brady just 3 times on 44 dropbacks. Brady, like all quarterbacks, is much more prone to mistakes when pressured, so the Colts have to find a way of getting to him.This season, the Colts look much better prepared to face the Patriots than in recent years. The addition of Justin Houston should help the Colts get to Brady, and their front 7 has been improved, along with the running game. The Colts will not face the Patriots in the regular season, so the only possibility of a revenge game would be in the playoffs.If the Colts are to play once again in a Super Bowl, then they will most likely have to defeat the Patriots, and this time the result might change.