4 Reasons why Brandon Spikes Absence is Managable
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Brandon Spikes unfortunately was placed on the season ending Injury reserve this week, several days before the Patriots face off against the Colts. Luckily for the Patriots they should have no problem surviving for these 4 reasons.
1. The Colts Can't Run --- When the Colts traded a first round pick for Trent Richardson it appeared that the Colts had solved the issues they had in the run game and brought in a young feature back for years to come. However it ha not worked out at all for the Colts. The Colts only managed to finish 20th in rushing, a mediocre stat for a team that was really trying to put a focus on the run. The Patriots defense may be weak defending the run, and the loss of spikes certainly doesn't help, luckily the Colts struggle in that area.
2. Dont'a Hightower --- I actually wrote an article on Dont'a Hightower being underrated last week, so its fitting that he will get a major opportunity this week against the Colts. Many people see Spikes elite play making ability in the run game and believe he is the Patriots best run stopper, but in all actuality he was only third in tackles this season for the Patriots behind Nink and you guessed it, Dont'a Hightower. Hightower has the size (260 lb), the block shedding, and he instinct to become even a bigger impact in the run game.
3. Jaime Collins --- Collins is by no means an elite run stopping linebacker at this point in his career, but with him getting more playing time during Spikes absence he has a chance to be an impact player. Collins excels as an athlete in the middle of the field, and with the Colts attempting to ride Luck to victory they will be throwing a lot. Collins won't be blowing up too many run plays in the backfield but look for him to make a play in coverage or with a big hit over the middle when the Colts pass.
4. Colts Lack of Receivers --- When Reggie Wayne went down this season Luck immediately showed struggles in the passing game. The duo of Hilton and Brazill has been anything from dynamic for the Colts at receiver. This being said the Patriots should be able to load the box against the Colts, leaving a healthy Talib, Mccourty, and Logan Ryan to harass the mediocre receiver with little fear of a big play.
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