reply to post by yeahright
I agree. Based on strength of schedule, I think the Colts may just be better than the Patriots.
The Colts lost to San Diego by two points, and New England by four points, with NO Marvin Harrison. Peyton Manning is good enough to make any receiver
look good, but Marvin Harrison is a key part of that offense. You go from having to double team both him and Reggie Wayne to just double teaming
The third loss to Tennessee was nothing. Meaningless game. I think we can all agree Peyton Manning would have been the difference and could have made
up that 6 points that Tennessee won by.
So the Colts could have easily been undefeated. I realize the Patriots WERE undefeated, but look at their schedule:
New York Jets x2
That's half their schedule right there. Then there's some questionable ones based on how they were doing at the time such as Washington, San Diego,
The toughest teams New England played were Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Indianapolis. Beyond that...questionable at best.
Indianapolis, though, is in probably the toughest division in football. Jacksonville is a good team and in the playoffs. Tennessee is in the playoffs.
It's easy to forget Houston, but they finished 8-8 and had the most players on IR in the league. No game in that division should be taken for
granted. It's definitely better than New England's.
Indianapolis played teams like Atlanta, Oakland, Kansas City, and Baltimore, but looking at both schedules, it appears Indianapolis had the tougher
The only reason I picked New England over Indianapolis in the conference game is because it'll be in New England in January. New England is beatable,
but I think the weather will interfere more with Indianapolis.
Having said that, though, I think the Colts are the better team.