NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming Patriots matchup with the Colts and what to expect. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
With everything that happened in the offseason with Deflategate and it all starting following the AFC championship game against the Colts, Harrison wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots gave the Colts a little bit extra Sunday and won’t take the pedal off the medal offensively.
“That’s their mentality. It dates back to 2007 and the whole Spygate thing,” Harrison said. “I mean, it’s just the mentality that they have and Bill [Belichick], he’s going to make them play 60 minutes and finish the game. That is your anticipation when you play Belichick, you say, ‘He doesn’t care if you are down by 60 of if you’re up by 60, he expects you to be into the game the entire 60 minutes.’
“I know a little something, you attack the quarterback, you accuse them of doing some cheating and things like that, they are going to try and put up 50 points and embarrass you, but they are trying to do that every week.”
Putting any extra motivation aside, Harrison doesn’t think the Colts have the talent to compete with the Patriots.
“They are going to have to play their very best game and Andrew Luck, he’s going to have to start. They don’t have a chance with the backup quarterback, they just flat out don’t,” he said. “It’s funny because the Patriots have just completely dominated this series and it’s almost like when the Colts get on the field with them they look like they are afraid. They play soft. The defense, they don’t want to tackle. They can’t stop the run, they can’t stop the pass. All I can think of is Rob Gronkowski talking about throwing the safety, Sergio Brown out of the club. I mean, it’s hilarious to think, but that’s how the type of domination it’s been.
“They are going to have to play their best game. They are at home. They are coming off a big win against Houston, which Houston is not a very good team, but they are going to have to understand they are going to have to bring their very best because the Patriots are a very persistent team. You can start out fast on them. You can have a couple of sacks just like the Dallas Cowboys did and you can feel good about yourself, but if you can’t play four quarters and play physically, they have so many weapons offensively and then on the defense side of the ball they are a complete defense. They are tough to beat. That is why they are the best team in football.”
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