NFL Week 9: Patriots v. Colts

by Ryan on November 4, 2007

in Sports

In a highly-publicized NFL Week 9 meeting of undefeateds, the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts meet at the RCA Dome to play a regular season rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Gamewhere the Colts came back to defeat the Pats 38-34 in very dramatic fashion to go on to eventually win Peyton Manning’s first Super Bowl.  Undefeateds have never met this late in the season. 

Both teams are playing superbly and this looks to be the toughest game either of these teams will play this year– they both seem to start games slow and then blow everyone out.  They are the two best teams in the NFL.  They have had a recent history of playing big games against each other: the winner of this game could end up having homefield advantage in the playoffs.  So, I think that the hype is real and no one is going to run away with this game.  We’ll be entertained for four full quarters.

I am rooting for the Patriots (big surprise).  I think the Colts beat people with fundamentals and talent, but the Pats have destroyed their opponents in a supremely dominant way in all three areas of the game, dismantling teams in the second half all year.  I think the Pats have more talent this year and have a chip on their shoulder, but there’s something about the Colts at home against the Pats.  The Colts seem to have gotten into the Pat’s heads lately, so a psychological advantage goes to the Colts, who are playing at home.  They can both put up 30+ points a game and play 60-minutes of smashmouth ball.  But, my heart is with the Pats in this game– they’re mad, sick of losing to the Colts, and tired of being called cheaters.

Pic from Newsday Blog

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris November 4, 2007 at 11:27 am

Colts 30-27…whoever ends up winning, no doubt that it will be an exciting game!


Mike November 4, 2007 at 2:05 pm

This game should be entertaining and is somewhat important, but it is not even close to being as important as everyone is saying. All these teams are settling today is who gets the inside track for the home field the next time they play. Important? Sure. Super Bowl 41 1/2? No way. Six weeks from now, people will be focusing on playoff positioning and this game will barely be on the radar.

That said, Cheaters win this one, 38-34.


Ryan November 5, 2007 at 1:05 pm

It was a pretty crazy game, and lived up to the hype in my opinion! 24-20 Pats!

I’m happy to see the Patriots win, but they looked ugly. I guess that can happen when one plays a team as good as the Colts. The Colts had opportunities all game to run up the score, but the Pats defense (and a little bit of luck) prevented that from happening, even with over 140 yards in penalties by the Pats.

Tom Brady had a classic 4th quarter comeback, which we haven’t seen this year at all. I was hoping he still had it in him. The only other tough games this season for the Pats are against Pittsburgh and the Giants. Everybody else seems very beatable. Yet, Brady himself said today that the regular season is just a place to get ready for the playoffs, when there’s a whole new season where you win or go home. At least if the Pats can keep their record this great for the rest of the season they’ll have homefield advantage against the Colts in January– which was the real reason why yesterday’s game was so important!


Chris November 5, 2007 at 7:07 pm

The Pats could very well go 16-0 this year and as a Giants fan, there is nothing more that I would love to see for them to make the Pats go 15-1 (they did it to the 1998 Denver Broncos in Elway’s last year…the Broncs went 14-2 that year, losing the last 2 games)…the champagne bottles will be uncorked in Miami by the ’72 Dolphins (also by the 2007 Dolphins that their nightmare of a season will be over). I am very concerned though about the late season woes of the NY Giants and I hope they will not continue. I’ll be able to better hope once I see the Giants get through the next 2-3 weeks.


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