New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray, scores a touchdown under Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Montori Hughes during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Mike Wells, ESPN

INDIANAPOLIS (—This wasn’t just a game in the middle of November for the Indianapolis Colts. It was also far from just one of 16 on the schedule, even though they tried to downplay it as just that the week leading up to the game.

It was Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It was an opportunity for the Colts to send a message to the rest of the AFC so that they weren’t to be forgotten about when talking about contending teams in the conference. It took less than three hours Sunday night to realize the Colts are just a team that can beat up on its counterparts in the AFC South.

Super Bowl contenders?

Please, they’re not even close to being mentioned in that category. You’re better off checking back again around this time next year. The Patriots continued their dominating ways over the Colts when they ran around and through them in an easy 42-20 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.



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