The way I see it, there are two main things that we'll take away from this week's game. The first is obvious, and that is, the positioning for the top seed in the AFC playoff hunt. A pats win will put each team at 7-1, with the pats holding the tie-breaker as a result of beating the colts. I think there's a decent chance the pats run the table after that and keep hold of the top seed going into the playoffs. If the pats lose, they'll be 6-2 and probably tied with a few teams, while the colts will be 8-0 and hold the tie-breaker, so the colts would most likely hold that lead the rest of the way. So the way I see it, this game could very well decide where the afc championship will be played. The second main thing to take from the game is it will be a clear barometer of where the pats are in their week-by-week procession towards becoming a better and better team. Are we good enough at this point to knock off the best teams out there? Or are we good enough to beat most teams, but still a little short when it comes to teams like the colts and the broncos? This is an importqnt test for that reason. if we lose, and it seems like the colts were pretty much in control of the game, then we'll know we still have some serious improving to do before the playoffs. if we win, then we'll know that regardless of how much better we get the rest of the way, we are capable of beating anyone right now. we'll be playoff-ready. obviously we are all hoping for a win, but if not, at least we'll get a clear view of where we are at and what needs to be done to get where we want to be.