“I know how talented he is,” Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s got a good passion for the game and he’ll be a great addition, I think, to them.”
Talib sat out Sunday’s 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills, completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
“What happened in the past is the past. I’m just looking forward to make the best of this opportunity and win some ballgames,” he said. “It’s my fifth year in the league and I’ve played almost every coverage there is to play. So whatever they ask me to play, that’s what I’m going to play.”
Stopping Reggie Wayne could be high on his to-do list.
The 12-year veteran leads the NFL with 69 catches and is second with 931 yards receiving. His skills and know-how have been a big help to Luck.
“He’s got Wayne there to help him out,” Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. “He’s had years of experience and I’m sure he’s given him some advice.”
Luck also has been successful running the ball, but the Patriots have a more balanced attack with an average of 146 yards rushing, fifth most in the NFL. They lead the NFL with 33.2 points and 430.3 yards per game
The teams face each other for the 13th time since 2003 despite being in different divisions. The Patriots beat the Colts in the playoffs in the 2003 and 2004 seasons and went on to win the Super Bowl both times. The Colts beat the Patriots in the AFC title game in the 2006 season and captured the championship with Manning.
The rivalry is strong. But both teams’ desire to keep their winning streaks alive is stronger.
“Every week is big,” Colts defensive end Cory Redding said, “but this one in particular because of what we’re doing and what we’ve done the last few weeks.”