October 22, 2007

Pats Better than Colts?

Consider this fact: The Patriots' opponents are a combined 17-28 (or 11-27 if you exclude Dallas), while the Colts' opponents are 20-18. In addition, the Colts have beaten every team in their division (widely claimed to be the toughest in football) on the road. Any questions about the Colts rushing defense after beating Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Denver (3rd, 5th, and 9th rushing offenses)? Indy's defense is very quietly in the top 5 overall in yards per game and points allowed, a deadly combination with Peyton running the offense.

Of course the Patriots lead pretty much every offensive category and have scored at least 34 points in every game.

Matchup of the year in the AFC regular season on Nov. 4th: Pats at Colts. The big question for the Colts is their pass defense, as they haven't faced a passing team yet. Can their 2nd ranked pass defense stop the Pats #1 passing offense? While all the talk is about the Pats, the Colts are just as capable of an undefeated season. They are just as good as they were (or better) when they started 13-0 a couple years ago.

Thinking a little more about the potential undefeated season? After the Pats, the Colts play at San Diego. After that, there's no one good outside their division. On the other hand, the Pats' only tough games would be Pittsburgh and @NYG. Don Shula is getting nervous...

4 Responses:

J-Red said...

The Ravens, if fully healthy, could pose a threat to both teams. If unhealthy, both games could be very painful.

Russell said...

I think you need to be worrying about Cinci and Cleveland first. Healthy always helps, but the Ravens might need a time machine to find last year's magic. Theoretically, sure, the Ravens D can shut anyone down when healthy, and the offense can control the clock.

In theory, the Skins can stop the Pats passing game in its track with 4 first round draft picks starting in the secondary. I'm not counting on the Skins offense scoring enough for that to matter.

J-Red said...

I'm past worrying. I'm living between 6-10 and 8-8 at this point. I'm just saying the Ravens are a threat to end one of the undefeated seasons (though one will already be over by then).

"ben" said...

Pats and Colts tie, both finish undefeated.

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