Colts linebacker reveals plan for stopping Patriots offense

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If the Patriots want to beat the Colts on Saturday night, it appears they are going to have to do it through the air.

At least that's what the Colts want.

Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke told reporters Monday Indianapolis wants to take away the Patriots' running game and make Mac Jones throw the ball.

“They figured out that’s a big strength for them,” he said. “They can run the (ball) and man-on-man, match up well physically against teams. That’s a pride point for us, and we’re just ready to attack the run and really make them one-dimensional.”

Okereke acknowledged the Patriots rookie has been solid, but the Colts still want to see what he can do.

“I think he’s good,” Okereke told reporters. “He’s confident back there. He’s got a good command of the offense. But we’re really going to try to make the game one-dimensional and see what he can do.”

Going into the week, the Patriots rank ninth in the league in rushing and 18th in passing. Meanwhile, the Colts have the 17th-ranked rushing defense compared to the 12th-ranked passing defense.

Indianapolis is 7-6 on the season, while New England is 9-4.

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