Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Patters, Jan 16, 2007.
After the Chargers game, I thought yes, but now I'm not so sure. What do you think?
at most I think Indy may score, but I don't think they can stop the Pats
I think that we BEAT the Chargers but they f'ed up an awful lot and if Peyton doesnt F up a lot then this will problably be a bit tougher a game.
It is never easy with Indy. Even the times that NE won in the playoffs, Indy was still within striking distance late in the game.
I don't know that 20-3 was an asskicking even though though were driving
You know what you're predicting here, don't you? If you're right, and unless the NFC contender pulls off a "St. Louis Cardinals", should be #4. I don't predict, rather, I take one play at a time. Hope you're right though.
I don't know if it will be easier but I can tell you this...
The coaching staff will have them ready to play 60 minutes of playoff football. Not 10 minutes here, 2 minutes there. 60 minutes.
Rivers was basically what most of us thought he was. He did nothing in the second half when his team needed him most. They weren't running the football for whatever reason and Rivers went MIA. If Peyton is on, which I think he will be, the Colts will have a better chance to win the football game.
What did we think Rivers was, a punk?
Other than a crybaby..
A rookie QB who can't make the throws when he has to
Manning will choke faster than Rosie O'donell with a footlong/
a lot tougher..iam surprised we are only +3 underdogs in this game
Unless Peyton is able to drive the field every single time they get the ball (and he won't, we did a fine job during the regular season), I don't see how it could possibly be harder than it was against the Chargers. Who even watched the game, we got our butts kicked up and down the field; we won because we made it work when we had to.
Name a game against the Colts where Peyton had to drive down the field every time to beat NE?
Um, I can't. Why?
I think you misread my post (it was worded badly). My point was that there's no way we can have a harder game than we did last Sunday, we got smashed up and down the field, a defence that was JUST good enough was the only thing that kept us in it. I'm saying the only way it could be harder against the Colts is if the defence can't even do that.
Also, your post wasn't a question.
If anyone picks 'no' here, they are picking Indy to win. There's no way they could have a more difficult time with Indy than SD and still win.
but I wouldn't compare Indy's D with SD. Even if they have played better.
playoffs are about QB's ..manning is better than rivers inspite of his struggles so this has to be a tougher game...he is not going to see something which rivers got confused by...plus this is like a div game with not much to hide between them so i expect it to be the toughest game yet
The Chargers are the better team. They just are. They're a tougher, stronger team but still fast. The difference, though, is the Colts will execute better. So the Patriots need to play better. If we play poorly the Colts will take better advantage of it.
I'll say one thing - I'd prefer to be playing @Indy than @SD this week.
I'd prefer to have to stop Manning than Tomlinson.
they werent good in week 9 either when we were coming after blowing out minnesota so it doesnt mean much IMO
correct but marty didnt put the game in LT's hands in the end so chalk that up to his boneheadedness ...he put in river's hands and lost ...i guess it means addai needs to be stopped who was very effective against a stout ravens D
The difference is the Colts won't make near as many boneheaded mistakes as the Chargers. We have to play better from start to finish, IMO, especially at the end. We need to make sure it's not tied with them getting the ball back with :50 seconds left.
It should be easier. Not that it will.
1. BB knows this team pretty well and has last game to
see mistakes made. That should be a big advantage.
2. This time PATs passing game is a threat the Colts will have to deal with.
3. PATs are now handling the Blitzs and pressure ... in fact doing a great job of it.
4. Samuel has become very confident and is playing at top of his game.
5. PATs handled Gates pretty well and should be able to handle Clark.
6. Contained their run game very well without Rodney I don't see why
they shouldn't this time.
7. There is no one guy like LT on the Colts that presents so many problems.
8. Confidence. PATs winning SD and scoring 24 points vs Colts win no TDs.
which team is more confident? Confidence doesn't mean co_kieness it means they know they can win if they play good ball.
Again any team can blow it if they make mental mistakes. I don't see PATs
I wouldn't bet that the Colts don't make any bonehead plays. The pressure is 100% on them in this game. We all know how Peyton deals with pressure.
Tom Brady got impatient and tried to force the ball last time. This time he needs to stay cool and take what the defense gives.
no graham and no neal for the Pats in that one though. Graham has been the main guy chipping Freeney for years.
Ohh I agree. Peyton's going to throw INT's and one of their guys is going to get a personal foul, but I don't think anything is going to top how much the Chargers goofed up on Sunday.
the RAVENS would have beaten the colts if they had Tom Brady as QB.
We can play Defense that is in the same class as the ravens, so logically we can beat the colts.
I'm just coming out of the state of numbness with regards to football stuff that I entered after Sunday's game (seriously, I was too drained after Kaeding's kick missed to celebrate or shout or jump up and down or otherwise go nuts...all I could do was stare at the TV and mumble to my wife words vaguely to the effect that we had won the game and that i wasn't quite sure how we had done it and that maybe I would have a nice cold Martini now).
Anyway, that's a way of saying I don't yet know what I think.
I'm nervous about HOW the Colts have won their last two games, especially vs. the Ravens. They've been playing defense and they have figured out how to win without great performances by Peyton. That's a little too different for comfort from the pattern of the Colts' teams we've loved to beat in Playoffs past. Also, I'm scared that the stars have to line up for Manning sometime and that we're tempting the fates by thinking that a player as great as he is will keep failing.
On the other hand, I think that the Pats are the grittiest, gutsiest, toughest team in the NFL. They remind me of the 01-02 team in that way. We have a QB who just knows how to win a big game, whether pretty or ugly. We have a coach who is a freakin genius in situations like this. He's never lost a second time in the same season to a team that had already beaten him that year.
So, I'm thinking we will win another very tough game and will really need that week off before the SB.
Rhodes did fairly well but Addai was 18-39 - not what I call "very effective".
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