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Home Field Advantage on the line Sunday

11/1/06 in NFL   |   CPops   |   0 respect

(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!

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11/1/06   |   CPops

I think this game should come down to whether or not Indianapolis can stop the run.  Maroney & Dillion are running well this season, 8th in the NFL at 124.9 yards a game.  While, Indy is dead last stopping the run.  Best way to beat Manning is to not let him on the field. 

11/1/06   |   CPops

Yes, those three still have a chance.  But looking at the last three seasons in the AFC, the team with homefield advantage has not had more than two losses, Matt.  (NE in 03 14-2; PIT in 04 15-1; IND in 05 14-2)  With that being said, the winner of this game will have the upper hand on the other teams in the conference for home field.  There is a good chance one of these teams will finish the season with 2 or fewer losses with the easy schedules upcoming. 

10/31/06   |   Matt   |   6 respect

Pat wrote:
This is still the biggest SINGLE game tho, since it involves 2 of the top teams, and if there's a tie, then head-to-head will make a bigger difference than all of the other games.

True That, its just a bit early to say that Homefield advantage is on the line though. I believe that the Ravens, Broncos, and Chargers still have a chance.

10/31/06   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Matt wrote:
This game is definitely not going to decide home field advantage. You still play the Bears and @ Jacksonville, both of which I think are losses (Unless Leftwich is out).

The Colts still have to play the Cowboys, Eagles, and Jaguars, all of which could be losses as well.

This is still the biggest SINGLE game tho, since it involves 2 of the top teams, and if there's a tie, then head-to-head will make a bigger difference than all of the other games.

10/31/06   |   Matt   |   6 respect

This game is definitely not going to decide home field advantage. You still play the Bears and @ Jacksonville, both of which I think are losses (Unless Leftwich is out).

The Colts still have to play the Cowboys, Eagles, and Jaguars, all of which could be losses as well.