Patriots' Thoughts Quickly Turn to Colts
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Can any team in the league stay competitive in a game with the New England Patriots?
It's about time to find out.
With little reason to dwell on today's 52-7 drubbing of the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots' focus immediately turned to next Sunday's showdown with the also-unbeaten Colts in Indianapolis.
"We know we have our work cut out for us," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. "They've beaten us the last three times and they've won 12 in a row, I guess. They're a great team and it's tough to beat them in that dome. We've got a long week and a lot of preparation."
The Colts are the undefeated reigning Super Bowl champion. But it's the Patriots who are the talk of the league. Is there anyone out there wondering if the Colts can go unbeaten this season?
Yet the Patriots were doing all they could late today to portray themselves as the underdog, given that they lost to the Colts in last season's AFC title game.
"They are always meaningful games when you play them," Brady said. "That's the way it seems the last bunch of times we've played them. Last game, it was a real tight game. The previous couple of times, it wasn't so tight. They really got the best of us. We know it's going to take our best effort. We know you can't make a lot of mistakes against those guys. When you turn the ball over against the Colts, it's usually seven points. When you punt to them, it's usually seven points. You just have to find ways to be productive and be efficient and not turn the ball over. Certainly that's always a big key. I'm happy we've got seven days to prepare because I think we're going to need each and every hour of that week."
Said Patriots Coach Bill Belichick: "There's no better team in football than the Indianapolis Colts. It will be a huge challenge for us up there."
By Mark Maske |
October 28, 2007; 9:40 PM ET
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