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Friday, December 2, 2011
ESPN's Patriots-Colts prediction roundup

By ESPNBoston.com

A roundup of how ESPN's analysts see Sunday’s Patriots-Colts game playing out:

PatriotsColts* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Patriots 42, Colts 10. The Colts are averaging 13.6 points per game, and I don't see them being able to keep pace with the Patriots. The biggest question to me is whether the Patriots keep the foot on the gas pedal all the way through and make this like the 52-7 win over the Redskins from the 2007 season. I think it could be that lopsided if they want it to be.

* ESPNBoston.com Patriots analyst Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 38, Colts 14. Will the Patriots keep the foot on the gas pedal? Absolutely. I remember Belichick saying many times, "You only play one game a week." This team will want to produce at a high level.

* ESPNBoston.com’s Chris Forsberg: Patriots 35, Colts 13. Think this one will be close? I don't agree with that. So, keep going on with your soliloquy, but I just don't agree with that. You don't think the you can gouge this team based on how they block Andre Carter and Mark Anderson? I mean, who else would you gouge it against? Are you kidding me? Covering Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski -- you don't think you can gouge their coverage based on those players? I care what their record is. You think there's better receivers than them? Better pass-rushers than Carter and Anderson? I'm not sure what games you're watching here.

* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Rodak: Patriots 38, Colts 10. As much as Bill Belichick sent the message this week that the Colts aren't to be taken for granted, this one was never in doubt. Yes, the Colts still have weapons on offense, and yes, the Patriots defense has its problems. But the Colts' minus-177 point differential this season doesn't lie.

* ESPN Boston Radio’s Adam Jones: Patriots 35, Colts 7. Is this even a serious question? I fully expect Brian Hoyer to have a better day than Dan Orlovsky.

* ESPN Boston Radio’s Andrew Brooks: Patriots 42, Colts 10. I don't care what Belichick says, the Colts are a bad football team. They have talent at certain positions but there is a reason they are 0-11 and there is a reason why they are 21-point underdogs on the road at Gillette. This is not the type of game the Patriots lose. Pats win and win big.

* ESPN experts: All eight experts pick the Patriots to win.

* Sunday Countdown: Tom Jackson, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka and Keyshawn Johnson all pick the Patriots.

* AccuScore simulations: Patriots 37, Colts 15 (on average). The Patriots won 95 percent of more than 10,000 simulations. You can simulate the game yourself here.

* Madden 12 simulation: Patriots 31, Colts 3. Remember when football fans used to circle this rivalry game on their calendars? Now I see this on the schedule and I want to reach for the remote. And according to the "Madden" simulation, fans will be channel surfing away from this game early as New England jumps out to a 17-3 lead and never looks back, destroying the Colts by a final score of 31-3. Ouch.

* Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc. (Insider): Patriots 35, Colts 6.

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