Another trip to Foxborough for the Colts
The Colts play outdoors Saturday night in New England (8:15 p.m.). But the Colts will prepare indoors this week. The Colts practice fields are covered with a foot of snow, not to mention the sub-zero temperatures in Indianapolis early this week.
"If you can clear one of those fields for me, we'd be glad to go out there," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano joked with the media. "It's like frozen tundra. It reminds me of Laramie (Wyoming), the five years I spent there."
The forecast for Foxborough, Massachusetts, Saturday is mild for this time of year, with temperatures in the 40's and a 60% chance of rain.
"Anything is mild compared to what we have here," said Colts cornerback Darius Butler, who played two seasons for the Patriots. "We're looking forward to getting up there and playing some football."
A former Patriot joined the Colts for practice just in time for the renewal of this rivalry. Veteran wide receiver Deion Branch, who won a pair of Super Bowls with Tom Brady, worked out with the Colts for the first time Tuesday.
"I've got a lot of great friends that I've been lucky enough to play with on this team that are just great people," said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "You're always wishing the best for those people. Certainly guys that have played receiver here are the guys that I've been closest with because that's probably where the most interaction is."
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri played ten seasons for the Patriots before switching sides.
"Two great organizations, great coaches, great players obviously," said Vinatieri, now in his 8th season with the Colts. "It's the (Red) Sox-Yankees, if you will. That kind of thing where I think both teams respect each other and know what comes to the table. It's going to be a fun game."
The Colts have played 10 times in Foxborough since 2000, winning just twice there and never in the playoffs. Last season's 59-24 defeat at Gillette Stadium is the worst of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's career.
"I went back and watched that game, a bunch of guys are, to re-familiarize ourselves with some of the schemes," said Luck. "Obviously, that has no bearing on this year or the game. I think they did a great job of forcing turnovers. I know they still do. They do a great job of getting at the quarterback, making it hard to get a first down, hard to get touchdowns. We know it's going to be a dogfight, and we're looking forward to it. That's what the playoffs are about."
The Patriots are undefeated at home this season, 8-0.