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Who's going to win it?

As much of a hometown Patriots fan I am, I am going to say this is going to be the night Manning finally gets his first victory in Foxboro :thumbd: The injuries the Patriots have suffered is just killing them, plus with our one hit wonder running back Brady is forced to throw too often as he was prior to last year.
 

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I think it'll still be a tough game with the Colts pulling it out. I'm not a huge fan of either team, but I have to respect the Patriot's playing even with all the injuries. I don't think it'll be a blow out, but the Colts will finally get that monkey off their back.

And as I type this, Belichek has probably designed some crazy defense to confuse Manning. I hope for a good game.
 

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I think Bruschi came back last week so he's prepared to call the defensive plays this week to stop Manning.

should be an awesome game with with how Indy's defense is playing this year I don't think the Pats are gonna be able to pull off the win. This year is just looking too damn hard for the Pats.
 

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Wow, that was a fun game to watch. Those are two outstanding football teams (even with all the Patriots' injuries).

Manning versus Brady, doesn't get much better. Both sides took some unusual chances on 4th down. I say unusual because against other teams, I don't think either coach would have taken those chances. Great offensive plays, good defensive plays, now those are two quality teams.

I wish I had a team (to cheer for) like either one of those. Oh well, go Trent Dilfer. :crying: Why? Why? Why? :crying:
 

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That game sucked :crying:It sucked as a Pats fan.

I'm a huge fan of the Pats and former season ticket holder but I'm not making any plans to travel to Detroit in late January. The secondary sucks, most of those guys wouldn't start on allot of teams. By halftime I was hoping they would bring Troy Brown out of his defensive retirement... Peyton was doing whatever he wanted in there, the corners were outmatched and I didn't see the safeties helping much.

Unless they do something drastic on defense they won't win a playoff game.


On another note have you looked at the Colts cake walk of a schedule :eek: They have a real chance to run the table, the only really big games I see left are Pitt, San Diego at home and Seattle on the road (with a minor big game vs the Bengels).
 

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Even though I'm a diehard Pats fan I knew it would be a tough one for them. Manning played a great game and everything just went the right way for him. No excuses, the Colts just played a better game last night.
 

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Brady and Manning are examples of how an NFL quarterback should be measured. Sorry Michael Vick fans. Vic is fun to watch but when it comes to winning big games and "championships", pocket passers are the best.

Also, Tony Dungy rocks. I would love to see him win a championship. He is all class. The Bucs organization did him wrong.
 

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BladeRider said:
On another note have you looked at the Colts cake walk of a schedule :eek: They have a real chance to run the table, the only really big games I see left are Pitt, San Diego at home and Seattle on the road (with a minor big game vs the Bengels).
Prediction...
Indianapolis Colts, 2005 season
15-1, Super Bowl Champions

Only way I see that as incorrect (assuming they aren't hampered by injuries) is if they manage to beat both Pittsburgh AND Cincy, in which case they'll go 16-0. San Diego and Seattle are pretenders. I'd also like to say that it does not matter who the NFC sends up to the SB; the Colts would crush them. (As would Pittsburgh...)

I'm not particularly a Colts fan, but they are fun to watch...quite impressive. I didn't understand the hype about last night's game; their win was a foregone conclusion (all four ESPN pre-game hosts picked Indy, for example). The Patriots have taken a couple big steps backward. Right now, they're are no better than the Eagles. :evilaugh:
 

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I didn't understand the hype about last night's game; their win was a foregone conclusion (all four ESPN pre-game hosts picked Indy, for example).
Are those the same hosts that all picked the "unstoppable" Colts to win the last (4) games against the Patriots? That's why there was hype. Although the Patriots are hurting, it wouldn't have been a complete shock if they would have won by frustarting Manning like in the past.

Cinnci and the Steelers are showing signs of weakness during this middle part of the season. They're struggling against some very weak teams, ie., Green Bay. If Brett F-A-R-V-A-R-A (my Ben Stiller - Something About Mary impression) doesn't give his normal defensive gift fumble, the Packers were close enough to upset the Steelers.

I'm leaning towards maybe the first team since the Dolphins to go undefeated. They are one of the best disciplined teams out there and have all three phases clicking, plus like mentioned, a winnable schedule.
 

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SuperDave said:
Are those the same hosts that all picked the "unstoppable" Colts to win the last (4) games against the Patriots? That's why there was hype. Although the Patriots are hurting, it wouldn't have been a complete shock if they would have won by frustarting Manning like in the past.
I'm guessing that no one picked the Colts to win at NE last January - or certainly not ALL FOUR analysts on any given show. That the Colts seemed the easy pick this week, you have to acknowledge they've improved while the Patriots have declined.
 

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Right now, they're are no better than the Eagles. :evilaugh:
I was with you right up until here mate, but where are the Eagles in the weak ass NFC? LAST Place in a loser division...

And where are the Pats in a loser division? They have fallen from grace but compare them to the Eagles that's laughable. Get a QB before you make those comparisons
 

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It would be fun to see the Colts go undefeated, just to see another record fall. I'm not a Colts fan, but I enjoy watching a good offense do their thing.
Much like USC. Not really a fan, but watching their team when they are "on" is truly exciting to see.
Anyway, I don't know that the Colts will do it. Their defense just looks too suspect. The offense can more than likely outscore any opponent, but the defense needs to do a better job of shutting teams down.
Who do I think will be the one to beat them? Don't know, but I still think it will happen. The defense will overlook someone and allow some big points from someone before the regular season is over.
But with homefield advantage through the AFC, they should win the title and with the Superbowl indoors again they'll have a good shot there against whatever NFC team goes.
Redskins, Seahawks, Giants, Panthers, Falcons? Who knows.
 

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It would be fun to see the Colts go undefeated, just to see another record fall. I'm not a Colts fan, but I enjoy watching a good offense do their thing.
I would love to see the Dolphins record fall. Living in the state of Florida, all hear are comments about the Dolphins are so great and they are the only franchise that has gone undefeated. I must remind them that was over 30 years ago. What have they done since then. Nothing. They went to one superbowl and got their ass kicked by Washington.

I'm for the Colts to go to the superbowl.:thumb:
 

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I was with you right up until here mate, but where are the Eagles in the weak ass NFC? LAST Place in a loser division...

And where are the Pats in a loser division? They have fallen from grace but compare them to the Eagles that's laughable. Get a QB before you make those comparisons
I don't think so.
The NFC East once dominated the NFL (in the 80's and 90's), and they're coming back. NYG's are tied for the best record in the NFC, and Dallas is apparently for real as well. Washington is inconsistent, but capable. Philly is last, but they're only two games out of first place. They could rectify that in the next two weeks (although it's a bit of a stretch to think they'll beat Dallas and NY back-to-back). The Eagles have definitely stumbled with McNabb's slew of injuries AND some other important things: Westbrook's contract situation (now resolved); David Akers' injury and contract situation (also now resolved); the whole T.O. drama and the locker room situation...

As for McNabb - he's hurt. It's not an excuse for his poor play, but it does explain why he's having trouble. He's no slouch; when healthy, he's among the best QB's in the league. He's thrown for more yards than any other NFL QB this season DESPITE having three VERY POOR performances in a row - and despite being injured and in pain to the point that it's VISIBLY affecting his throws. Cut him some slack. He'll be back to form (next year) after he has that surgery to fix the hernia...
 

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They went to one superbowl and got their ass kicked by Washington.
It may have been some time ago that the Dolphins were in a Super Bowl....but I assure you it has been more than one. They have appeared in 5 although only winning 2 of them. They beat the Redskins in '73, then the Vikings in '74. They lost to Dallas two years earlier in '72 and then to the Redskins and 49ers in '83 and '85 respectivly. The Dolphins notably havnt been much of a contender as of late, but no QB has filled Marino's shoes in Miami.
 
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