This thread comes as a result of a post by Andy Johnson. I replied in his thread, but think that the Subject deserved its own thread. I would disagree with Andy that I'm not exactly sure how good the Colts defense is. Luck and circumstance have give the Colts little competition this season. 1. Saints - over rated team in disarray at the begining of the season. Yeah the Colts beat them, but so did a lot of other teams with lesser lineages. 2. Barely beat a Tennesse team who is lead by a QB whose production is a lot less than his hype. A team, that at THAT time, didn't have a set RB or NFL quality WRs 3. Barely beat a Houston team WITHOUT its main receiver, and who has subsequently shown they are STILL a middle of the road, undistiguished team AT BEST. 4. Denver - They allowed 24 points to a team with a struggling QB injured WRs, and the worse rushing defense in the league 5. TB - they allowed a seemingly strong effort of only 14 points, but it was against a team without any running game, massive injuries on the OL and an entire offense which has had to be carried by Jeff Garcia, need I say more. 6. Jacksonville - Which has been their best showing so far, but the impact lessens when you think that the Colts were coming off a bye week, AND the Jags lost their QB early in the game...never a good thing at any time, but especially when he is THAT inexperienced and has a stable of pretty bad WRs. Not having your starting QB is a problem anytime, but when you lose him early in the game, THAT is the worse scenerio you can have. 7. Carolina - again the Colts draw the lucky card by having to face 43 year old Vinnie Testeverde, and then hit the Jackpot when HE went down with an injury. They also had the luxury of playing a team that is #32 in sacks. BOTTOM LINE: I know you can put a similar list together to describe the Pats defense, but that is not the issue here. What I want to rebut is the overrating of the Colt defense, which has not played a SINGLE game against an offense of even marginal accomplishments, or one that was relatively healthy. On the other hand you can make a good arguement that both Dallas and SD had better front 7's and the Skins have a better secondary, yet NONE of those teams came close to stopping the Pats. They will play a top notch defense THIS week, so by Monday we will see what they are REALLY capable of.