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How to watch, stream Thursday's Patriots-Colts game

Scott McLaughlin
October 04, 2018 - 10:42 am

After getting back on track with a dominant 38-7 win over the Dolphins, the Patriots will look to make it two in a row when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The Colts are off to a 1-3 start, most recently losing to the Houston Texans in overtime after coach Frank Reich made the controversial decision go for it on a fourth down late in overtime. Indy couldn’t convert, setting up the Texans with great field position and paving the way for the game-winning field goal.

Of course, one of the most interesting storylines in this game is the fact that it was almost Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and not Reich, who was the Colts’ new coach this offseason. The Colts announced that they had agreed to a deal with McDaniels, but then McDaniels changed his mind and elected to stay in New England.

That led to Colts general manager Chris Ballard declaring that, “The rivalry is back on.” On the field, the Colts still have to prove that’s actually the case, though, as the “rivalry” has been extremely lopsided in recent years. The Patriots have won seven straight meetings, and they’ve outscored the Colts by an average of 19.4 points in those games.

The Patriots will be boosted by the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman after a four-game suspension, and fellow wideout Josh Gordon should see an expanded role after playing 18 snaps in his Patriots debut on Sunday. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but he is reportedly expected to be active.

On the other side, the Colts are also banged up on offense. Top wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss the game with a hamstring injury, and tight end Jack Doyle (hip) and running back Marlon Mack (hamstring) are out as well.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 4

Time: 8:20 p.m.

TV Channel: FOX/NFL Network

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