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  1. PATSYLICIOUS

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    I'm not starting this thread trying to say that wins over Carolina/Jacksonville/Buffalo should make us all believe we're the team to beat or anything like that. I just want to see what people truly feel right now about our team. In 2007 we were a juggernaut at this point, aside from that I personally think this is the most confident I've felt heading into playoffs since '04.

    Brady looks like he's not bothered by the ribs/finger anymore if he was earlier. Healthwise we're in awesome shape assuming Wilfork will be ready in 2 weeks. Most importantly the 5 guys most of us seem to want starting on the OL are back. Fred Taylor is back giving us 3 RB's that I am confident in for January. We just had a 12+ minute drive!! When was the last time we had a drive that long?? The '07 AFCC we had an 11 minute drive I think. But that has me psyched for the playoffs, the current backfield may be on par with the '04 Dillon one man show. Taylor historically has owned the Colts. IMO this time we would not blow a double digit lead against Indy if it came to it and hopefully we avoid getting one-dimensional in 2nd halves like in all our losses. Finally having a healthy OL and Taylor will help us there.

    At the same time though, can we trust this team to beat 4 good teams in a row? And likely 3 elite teams in a row? 2 of them most likely road games? This is where I get brought back down to reality a bit but I'll ride with BB and TFB any day. I think we have a serious shot at going all the way. Where is your confidence right now?
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    I feel pretty good and I definitely had some doubts

    I wish we could have done this to a a really good team that I was worried about playing but I'll take it.
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    Big time confidence. They needed a dominating win and they got one. Inthe playoffs, they need to string some wins together ...on the road.

    They can do it.
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    Same as it's been. Brady is the key. If Brady = Brady, this team can win it all as long as the other team isn't able to run the ball down the throats of the defense.
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    I have faith in the team that represents Mr. Hyde and not Dr. Jekyl. Problem is...which one will show up come playoff time and put together 4 solid quarters against a good team. As of now, I have confidence. Hopefully, they can go to Houston and soundly beat them by locking up the #3 seed.
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    If Brady is the Brady as we know him, we win the Super Bowl.

    QB12
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    I'll be back to answer this question around this time next week. But I do feel pretty good about the win.
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    Let's put it this way, if you are Indy or SD and you see #12, #81 and #83 trot onto your home field for a game in January, how comfortable do you think they are going to be ?

    With Taylor and Sammy, we are going to be able to sustain long drives and play action everyone into oblivion.

    I like our chances............
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    my confidence is still exactly where it was before this game. I think we are a team with potential. We locked up the afc and can now afford to rest people next week. I don't think we are favourites by any means but i think we will definately be in every game we play.
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    Am I evaluating by the game or by the quarter?

    Perhaps the best barometer is how many people Randy Moss is giving a high five on the bench.
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    I think they'll be very comfortable doubling Welker and Moss and letting the rest of the options beating them. The only difference there is if Brady is afforded enough time by the O-Line to find the third and fourth options. Now that the O-Line is about healthy, Brady should be given more time to make those decisions.
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    You are absolutely correct. The OLine holds the key to our playoff run and with Neal back and Sea Bass anchoring our right side, the pieces are all in place right now.
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    Neal started, but I saw Connolly in at guard as well. Anyone know anything about this?

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    they need to remain committed to the run and then will make the passing game and playaction all the more formidable
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    I too like our chances and agree about the Bolts having jitters with us but wonder why Indy must be afraid of us considering that they have beaten us for the last five games irrespective of the venue. :confused:
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    Nice point. We have had much discussion over who's to blame for our 2nd half woes on offense. Lots of blame thrown around between Brady/OL/O'brien/Lack of 3WR. With the OL and Edelman(who is probably our 3rd best WR this year) also finally healthy we're seeing a big difference, although J-ville isn't exactly a great defense to see where you stack up. But it's also good to see the TE's getting involved in the passing game as well. Regardless of whether we have Jabar Gaffney or not, when defenses have to honor Moss and Welker, somebody will be open in due time. And Brady is Brady, if he were ever more of the problem, do we have any reason not to trust him come playoff time? Now that everyone's finally healthy I'm hoping we see the main underlying causes of the offensive problems fixed.
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    ...Mine is the same as it was last week (cautiously optomistic) - establish some consistency on both sides of the ball going into the playoffs and see what happens from there. I do get the sense that Brady is starting to get his mojo back and feeling more and more like himself. That, and having a complete stable of healthy rb's doesn't hurt either. The kids on defense are playing better and better each week. It may have taken a bit longer than ordinary to start getting it together, but if the Cardinals showed all of us anything last year, it is possible to hit your groove/get hot at just the right time going into the playoffs - so we'll wait and see...
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    I was happy to see the TE's being used.


    IF Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal & Vollmer are healthy we are in good shape.


    How healthy are Wilfolk, Warren & Pryor?

    If we are healthy we can beat anyone.
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    We may not know for several weeks now.

    I missed most of the game as my boy had a soccer tournament today.

    The few plays I saw it seemed Brady's arm strength was back also ... but it was a small sample IMO.
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    What do they do about next week?

    Do we play the starts and go for momentum heading into the playoffs or rest up?

    I'm not worried about MY confidence, I'm worried about theirs. Need to ride this momentum, but is it worth it to risk injuries. Hmmmm.
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    IMO health takes precedence, though I could be wrong and BB goes all out next week. I think right now, judging by some of the players comments, their confidence is good enough. Hopefully that wouldn't change by giving the starters a week off. Having a bye week never seemed to hurt us in the past, so I hope we treat next week like one.
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    You don't go all out next week - but you play reasonably at least until the end of the 3rd quarter. Don't hand it to Houston, they've still got Johnson and Schaub and a pretty good D-Line, although I wouldn't be concerned if we had to play them in the playoffs. You never know, Cincy could knock off IND or SD - and I think it's important to have that AFC Championship game here if we got that far.
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    Good for you, your sons soccer games were more important than any other game you could watch, that's why they made DVR's. Hope he had a good tome playing. :)
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    I'd play the starters until the lead is safe. I know you don't want injuries going into the playoffs and that some people would rather get Indy in the divisional than San Diego, but I'm thinking about the Wild Card round. I see the Jets as being easier for us to beat than the Ravens (should the current seeding stay intact). Hopefully, we don't sustain any injuries and roll into the playoffs with momentum. On top of that, San Diego does not really scare me. I don't worry about their running game and I know we can score on their defense should our starting O-Line be healthy enough to keep the dogs off Brady and open some holes up for the running game. The only question would be matching up with Rivers and those big wide receivers, which I think we can. People seem to forget that we've beaten San Diego with greater regularity (with the exception of 2008, minus Brady) than they've beaten Indy.
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    I was confident in this team before this game, and I remain confident. There's not one team I don't think this team can beat.
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    I remember he came in as the lead blocker/fullback ( like Hochstein in last year's Buffalo wind tunnel game) on the 4th down play.
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    Confidence level is moderately high.

    Defense is playing the best they've played all season. I love the way they stand up with the swagger of old. I'd like to see them play a full half next week to see how they stand up to Houston's passing attack. I think that would be a good measure right before the playoffs for BB and staff to insert or stamp out any final details.

    Brady is at his best when he's not trying to force it into Moss. Getting everyone involved is the way to keep defenses confused which makes Welker and Moss better targets.

    This team is not a bunch of world beaters. It's a really good team. They seem hungry and coming together at the right time. Very dangerous combination. I'll take my chances with this team against the Colts or Chargers. The problem is winning 3 in a row to get to the big game. Can they do it? Sure, you better believe it. But there has to be a certain element of coming up with the big play at the right time. Executing to the fullest. This is what every team is striving for, San Diego and Indy do it well. We have to be better.
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    I don't know what to think, after the Saints and Dolphins losses I stopped being so uptight about the Pats performance now I'm just enjoying the ride. I think with Brady and Belichick theres no reason we can't win the Super bowl. If Welker AND Moss can show up big in the post season I think theres no reason we won't.
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    Actually, just Indy. :) If it's SD Cincy gets a crack at first, they'll have been the third seed.
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    I feel as confident as I did when the season started and as I did 3 weeks ago.

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