Sunday, October 07, 2007


Just to declare my bias before I get started here; I spent eight years in the greater Indianapolis area and have been a pretty die-hard fan of the Colts for the past dozen years. Disclaimer over. And know that this is a basketball guy talking football and I'm still smarting from that UK/UofL prediction right below.

I'm rapidly getting weary of all the hype of the Patriots. Yes, they are 5-0. Yes, they look significantly better on offense than they did a year ago. Yes, they are clearly the biggest threat to Indianapolis in their defense of the Super Bowl crown they claimed back in January.

New England is not the greatest team of all time. They haven't had a game closer than seventeen points so far this season, but who in the world have they played? Their five opponents (New Jersey, San Diego, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Cleveland) had a combined record of 4-6 going into their games with New England. The combined current record of those teams is a putrid 7-16. Even if you take the games against New England out of the equation, that quintet is a pedestrian 7-11.

Indianapolis took on teams (New Orleans, Tennessee, Houston, Denver, and Tampa Bay) with an aggregate mark of 8-2 going into those games. That's a ridiculous winning percentage. Overall, those teams now stand a game below .500 (11-12), but minus the losses to the Colts, that stands at 11-7. 11-7 even with dogs like New Orleans on the schedule. And today, the Colts demolished a division leading Buccaneers team minus with six Indy starters--including Bob Sanders, Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison, and Rob Morris--out with injuries.

New England is damn tough. But they're feasting on cupcakes so far, and the last time I checked Indianapolis was the reigning champs and riding a three game winning streak against the Pats. So let's put the hyperbole aside...until New England can come into the RCA Dome on November 4 and actually prove it on the field, Indy is still the team to beat.


Blogger PHSChemGuy said...

Three more weeks...then we should get to see the teams play for more speculating, no more ever-reliable predictions by Sully...

7:52 PM  
Blogger PHSChemGuy said...

Remind me to place any and all bets to the exact opposite of whatever you write.

7:44 PM  

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