The Indianapolis Colts are headed to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the regular season. The Colts are going into the regular season having gone 1-3 in the preseason, while the Bills secured two exhibition wins but are fresh off a loss to the Detroit Lions.
Preseasons don’t really matter, and early performances are hard to predict, but both teams are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. This will be the first time wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Frank Gore, guard Todd Herremans and linebacker Trent Cole will be sporting Colts uniforms during the regular season, and the Bills are welcoming rusher LeSean McCoy, wideout Percy Harvin and quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
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But the rest of the league doesn’t need proof. Other teams simply don’t seem to trust the Patriots. As we learned in this Sports Illustrated report published Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks went to great lengths to protect themselves from potential Patriots spy tactics prior to last year’s Super Bowl. And they aren’t the only ones:
Elite Kids Mika Zibanejad Jersey Teams commonly clear out trash cans in their hotel meeting rooms in New England because they believe the Patriots go through them. One longtime head coach said he ran fake plays in his Saturday walkthroughs at Gillette Stadium because he thought the Patriots might be spying on his team.
The SI story claimed that at least 18 other teams besides the Seahawks took a safeguard approach before playing the Patriots. On top of that, several teams, including the Jaguars and Cardinals, claimed they experienced headset malfunctions when they played at Gillette Stadium. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy made news recently when he confirmed rumors from 2010 that Peyton Manning worried that the Patriots’ locker room was bugged and would discuss the game plan in the hallway when the team visited New England.