(Huge NFL contest this Sunday Night. Biggest game of the season ... might as well start debating the outcome now)
This Sunday Night, the 7-0 Indianapolis Colts make their annual pilgrimage to Foxboro to take on the 6-1 New England Patriots in what may turn out to be a 'Winner Take All' game for home field advantage in the AFC.
Both teams have very favorable schedules down the stretch, so it is not out of the question that either of these teams could run the table after this game. New England's last 8 opponents have a combined record of 24-33, while Indy's last 8 are a combined 23-34.
It is a big game with a lot on the line, and one that will be talked about all week, no doubt. Indianapolis would love to make it two in a row against the Patriots; while Pats fans would love to avenge the 21-40 drubbing at the hands of Manning & the Colts last season. But not to be lost on the playoff implications of this game is the return of Adam Vinatieri to Gillette Stadium.
Vinatieri follows the lead of Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon & Curtis Martin, Boston stars who switch alliances to hated rivals, with his return to New England. I, for one, don't hate Vinatieri for leaving. I don't think the Patriots were going to give him what he wanted... but the COLTS??, Adam?? Of course, a patented Adam Vinatieri last second, game winning field goal against the Pats this week may change the way I feel about him. Very Quickly, I might add.
In any case... here is my official prediction.
New England 24, Indianapolis 21
(Vinatieri finally MISSES one at the end!! )
Not to worry, Colts Fans, there is always next season... If the Patriots and Colts play each other, it will FINALLY be in Indianapolis, again!