Thursday, November 8, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
Likely not last meeting of Colts-Pats
You can call this one Super Bowl East.
Don’t worry about the Roman numeral designation.
That would never happen anyway with these two teams, unless one is banned, no, make that banished, from the American Conference of the NFL.
Naturally, we are speaking of the game on Sunday between the last two unbeatens at week nine of the current season.
This one was not about your favorite team. This was about the indicator of who would take what where at the end of the season. The Indianapolis Colts, distinguished by the Super Bowl XL laurel hanging from their shoulder pads, had been settled at an odds line of 5.5 underdogs to the storied, and sometimes brash, demeanor of the New England Patriots.
With these two teams, there are many dissimilarities. The coaches are different. The quarterbacks are decidedly different. As a matter of fact, during the pre-game show on Sunday, one commentator stated that one QB was trying to break all of John Unitas’ records on the field and the other was trying to break all of Joe Namath’s records off the field (I’ll let you decide which is which).
We know that parity has been reached long ago in the NFL, and these two have had some very entertaining meetings over the seasons. Of the 70 meetings, the Patriots have won 43. The last contest was in the AFC Championship game almost a year ago. The Colts won that one 38-34. Ergo, their chance to become World Champs.
Sunday, like the last game, was played in Indy. These are serious rivalry games. Consider the Patriots racking up 141 yards in penalties to 30 for the Colts.
It is true that the Pats are now the only unbeaten left in the NFL ranks but this marks the third consecutive year that the Colts have started their season at 7-0. This ties with the Green Bay Packers who did that back in the years 1929-1931.
Another fact probably not bandied about is that out of 38 teams in history who recorded a 7-0 start, 37 have made the playoffs.
We have a sneaky suspicion that this won’t be the only meeting between these two this season. It’s a shame that only one can become Super Bowl eligible.
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