When your long snapper is dislodging the ball from the opposition, as Danny Aiken did on the third-quarter punt when he raced downfield in coverage, that’s when you know your team has a knack for creating ball disruption. The Patriots had four different times in which they ripped the ball out of the Colts’ grasp (recovering 1). Add those to the three interceptions, and it could have been a seven-turnover day. That’s seven real chances for a turnover, which is remarkable. This is part of their identity – they are really good at it.
This is who this Patriots team is, living and dying on turnovers. It’s a slippery slope to winning football games, as we saw in 2010 when the Pats had a similar turnover ratio and when they faced the Jets in the playoffs the Jets were safe with the ball and won the game.