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Getting a feel for forecast, Mathis

1/7/2014

The temperature has dropped on Tuesday after an unseasonably warm day in New England on Monday, with bitter cold now in the area.

The cold temperature got us thinking ahead to Saturday, when the forecast calls for a high of 49, low of 39 and 60 percent chance of rain, according to Weather.com, as of now.

One area that's been talked about already this week is how the Colts are a different team away from home because of the fast track at Lucas Oil Stadium (where they have a retractable roof).

The Colts have also shown they're a capable road team with decisive regular-season wins over the Chiefs and 49ers, proving that playing away from Indianapolis isn't a stark disadvantage.

But a slick field on Saturday night (if the rain does come) could be interesting as it relates to star Colts defensive end Robert Mathis, who Tom Brady has already highlighted this week as a player of note.

Mathis had 19.5 sacks during the regular season, the most in the NFL. Of those 19.5, 13 came during his eight home games and 6.5 came on the road.

Moreover, Mathis was held sackless during just four games this season, all on the road.

So while the Colts are still a capable team on the road, a wet and cold field may actually aid the Patriots in their efforts to slow down the most disruptive player on the Indy defense.