Colts rushing attack vs. Patriots run defense
Lacking a true game-changing running back, the Colts made a deal with the Cleveland Browns prior to Week 3 for former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson. Richardson never turned into the incredible runner the Colts had hoped for, rushing for 458 yards and three touchdowns, with an average of just 2.9 yards per rush on the season. The Colts lost top back Ahmad Bradshaw to a season-ending injury, but got good production from Donald Brown, who gained 537 yards on 102 carries with six scores. As a team, the Colts ran for 1,743 yards on the year, ranking them in the bottom half of the NFL. The Colts ran for 100 yards and one touchdown against the Chiefs last week, with 5 of those yards coming from Andrew Luck.
As bad as the Colts run defense has been, the Patriots run stoppers have been even worse. Patriots fans knew it wasn’t going to be pretty after losing Pro Bowl tackle Vince Wilfork in Week 4 against the Falcons, and it hasn’t been, with the Patriots allowing the third-most rushing yards in the NFL with 2,145, at an average of 134.1 yards per game. The Patriots have been better at stopping the run in the red zone, however, allowing 11 rushing touchdowns on the year for 11th in the league. The Patriots allowed 119 rushing yards and a touchdown to the Colts in Week 11 of 2012, though just 21 yards total to players still on the Colts active roster.