Polian: Patriots 'miss Maroney a lot'

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New England Patriots went into Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night and nearly beat the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts general manager Bill Polian, during his weekly interview show on Colts.com, noted two major areas of concern for the Patriots are the absence of running back Laurence Maroney and a hobbled secondary without captain Rodney Harrison.

"They miss Maroney, I think, a lot," Polian said. "Their running backs did a great job. [Kevin Faulk] did a terrific job, but I think they miss Maroney's explosiveness.

"I was really impressed with [quarterback Matt] Cassel. You're always impressed with the way they block on the offensive line and the design of their blocking schemes. They always do a great job with that and it was no different this time around.

"They're very beaten up in the defensive backfield, as are we. So in many respects it was two similar teams and because of that, the game was a different style than fans are used to seeing when these two teams meet. Nevertheless, it was very entertaining and a lot of good plays."

Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney dropped a would-be touchdown pass and tight end David Thomas committed a silly late hit to put the Patriots out of field-goal range in the fourth quarter. The Colts won, 18-15.