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The Game: Patriots (8-0) at Colts (7-0)
The Place: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Time: 4:15 pm
The Channel: CBS
The Skinny: The day has arrived. From the day the 2007 schedules were released, everyone has marked this date on the calendar. The biggest rivalry in the NFL pits the two best teams in the league in a battle for NFL supremacy. The winner has the fast track to hosting the AFC title game in January. Both teams are perfect on the season and haven’t really been tested. It is the most anticipated regular season game in recent memory, perhaps of all-time. Beat writers from all around the country are crestfallen that they will miss the first portion of the game while covering their teams, and to the poor souls in Houston, Texas who are the only ones legally unable to see the game because of the Texans-Raiders game, you’re just s*#t outta luck. 4:15 can’t come soon enough.
Prediction: The Patriots are five point favorites on the road against the undefeated defending Super Bowl champions. They are on pace to shatter numerous records and have showed no mercy. The Colts have been business like, with their defense stepping up like they did in the playoffs last year. This game comes down to pressure. Whichever defense can inflict the most pressure on the opposing quarterback, the more success they will have. With a rookie LT protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside and the Patriots front seven playing better than ever, the stars seem aligned for Patriots revenge. The Colts secondary will be hapless against the Big 3 for the Patriots and the defense will limit the damage. It will be a high scoring game and turnovers will be key. In the end, the Patriots will pass their biggest test of the year, and the ’72 Dolphins will start getting awfully nervous.
Patriots 38, Colts 28
What’s your prediction?