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NFL Week 5 TNF pick: Tom Brady, Patriots will have a field day against Colts

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball during warm ups before starting against the Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla.  Credit: AP/Stephen B. Morton

COLTS (1-3) AT PATRIOTS (2-2)

Line: Patriots by 10; O/U: 50.5

TV: Ch. 5, NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. Radio: WFAN

Turns out, things are just fine in New England. After back-to-back bad road losses at Jacksonville and Detroit, many (including myself) started to question the Patriots. Then they did what they always do, answering anyone’s doubts with a 38-7 beatdown against Miami on Sunday. Now, they get Julian Edelman back from his suspension and are primed for two wins in five days. Just like that, 1-2 to 3-2.

This game is at New England. On a Thursday. At night. And against the Colts. Tom Brady’s numbers for those categories are staggering: 109-19 home record, 10-2 on Thursdays (with 25 TDs to 3 INTs), 43-19 in prime time and 10-3 against Indianapolis.

It’s uncertain whether Brady will have Rob Gronkowski, who injured his ankle on Sunday. But with Edelman back (he missed all of 2017 with a knee injury) and new addition Josh Gordon to go with a bevy of running backs, Brady will be fine. He should have a field day against a Colts defense that played five quarters in an overtime loss to Houston on Sunday. New England barely broke a sweat against Miami whereas Indy played a hard-fought 70 minutes. On a short week. That matters.

This is a big number, and there aren’t usually a lot of blowouts on Thursday Night Football (the margin of victories this season have been 6, 11, 4 and 7). Still, the Pats will cover comfortably. Brady welcomes Edelman back with a TD pass as the Pats roll by 14-plus.

The pick: Patriots

STAFF PICKS

Bob Glauber: Patriots

Tom Rock: Patriots

Al Iannazzone: Patriots

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