Foxborough, MA - After Danny Amendola’s homecoming went very well (for the Patriots, that is) when the New England Patriots dropped the Miami Dolphins 38-7, the Patriots are getting to welcome another one of their instrumental wide receivers back to the fold.
Julian Edelman’s four game PED suspension is finally over and the wideout will finally be returning to game action this Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Fans have not seen Edelman in regular season action since his heroics in Super Bowl LI that resulted in a Patriots victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
A torn ACL last season and a suspension to begin this season have kept Tom Brady’s most trusted target sidelined for some time, but there’s no denying that fans are eager for Edelman to return.
Fans are also eager to get a piece of the Colts, who have looked abysmal so far this season and who currently sit at a 1-3 record. It’s safe to say that the rivalry between the teams is not what it used to be ever since Peyton Manning departed the Indianapolis organization.
The Patriots defense had a strong showing on Sunday against the Dolphins and they should be able to have a field day against the Colts, especially when considering the fact that the team’s top wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton, will likely be sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Speaking of injuries, Rob Gronkowski carries a questionable tag going into the abbreviated week of practices for New England after suffering an ankle injury in the late stages of Sunday’s game and being removed for precautionary reasons.
The Patriots’ top acquisition of the season so far, Josh Gordon, is also questionable for the game after he experienced two targets for two receptions on Sunday’s game. With a receiving corps being injected with new life and a rushing game that looks very strong as of the current moment, it’s safe for fans to expect a Patriots win over the Colts.
Even though Andrew Luck is getting more comfortable and Thursday night games tend to be tricky, I still expect the Patriots to win this Thursday and handily, at that.