Patriots 31, Colts 24: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots Power Past Still Winless Colts

The Patriots have taken a 10-3 lead in the second quarter as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connected for their 12th touchdown of the season.

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Patriots Vs. Colts Injury Report: Patrick Chung Out; Devin McCourty, Kevin Faulk In

The New England Patriots inactive list for its game against the Indianapolis Colts is out, and again safety Patrick Chung will miss his fourth straight game. Reports have rookie Sterling Moore playing in Chung's place. Currently, the Patriots are thin at the position, as James Ihedigbo and Sergio Brown are the only other two active safeties.

Those fans who thought that rookie quarterback Ryan Mallet could see some action Sunday against the 0-11 Colts, well, it will not happen as he's listed as a healthy scratch.

Some good news is that after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury, corner back Devin McCourty will be active. Also, veteran running back Kevin Faulk will be active.

Here's the rest of the Patriots inactives:

S Patrick Chung (foot)
OL Dan Connolly (groin)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
QB Ryan Mallett (healthy scratch)
RB Shane Vereen (hamstring)
OL Sabastian Vollmer

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Patriots Vs. Colts: New England Will Face Dan Orlovsky On Sunday As Starting Quarterback For Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts have benched starting quarterback Curtis Painter in favor of back-up player Dan Orlovsky for this Sunday's match-up against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

While it's not exactly an upgrade, the hapless Colts are 0-11 and desperate times call for desperate measures.

On the plus side, Orlovsky has plenty of experience playing for a winless team, having started seven games for the 2008 Detroit Lions, who own the dubious distinction of finishing that season 0-16.

Yahoo! Sports compares the two:

In nine games this season, Painter has done nothing to show that he has earned a job in the NFL. He threw for 1,541 yards and six touchdowns in his nine games. Painter only completed 54.3% of his passes, threw nine interceptions, and took 16 sacks.

Orlovsky has played in 16 total games in his career and saw most his playing time with the Detroit Lions during the 2008 season. In 10 games in 2008 he had a 66.7% completion percentage and threw for eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Colts fans have seen Orlovsky on three separate occasions this year but his contributions were nothing to celebrate. There's no better time or place to get out of the doghouse than with a career-defining performance against one of the best teams in the division.

Unlikely, but you know the old saying about "any given Sunday."

For more New England Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit.

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