- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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Sunday's matchup at Gillette Stadium is the first of the post-Manning era for the Colts. That doesn't mean it loses its intrigue. Rallying behind ill coach Chuck Pagano and let by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the Colts are 6-3 and in serious playoff contention just a year removed from 2-14. Teams that have a new GM, a new coach (and an interim coach filling in for him) and a new quarterback are not supposed to turn things around that quickly.
Can they pull a road upset against the defending AFC Champions? Bruce Arians has drawn up plenty of game plans against Bill Belichick, but it's the Patriots who could find more to exploit in this matchup.
For a long time, Colts vs. Patriots has meant Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. Sunday's matchup at Gillette Stadium is the first of the post-Manning era for the Colts.