Week 9 capsules: The game of the century

  • Updated: November 3, 2007 - 3:16 PM

The Patriots-Colts matchup kind of gives our "five-star rating" a whole new meaning.

***** Five-star games

NEW ENGLAND AT INDIANAPOLIS

3:15 p.m., Ch. 4; 714, DTV • Line: N.E. by 5½

Last meeting: Colts 38, Patriots 34, AFC championship, Jan. 21, 2007 at Indianapolis.

Patriots' NFL rankings: Offense 1st, defense 3rd

Colts' NFL rankings: Offense 3rd, defense 4th

PATRIOTS PEAKING: New England is 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and has beaten all its opponents by at least 17 points. The Patriots lead the NFL in total offense (439.5) and passing offense (303.8). WR Randy Moss leads the NFL with 779 yards receiving (47 catches) and 11 TDs, and WR Wes Welker leads the Patriots with 56 receptions. Defensively, New England has allowed 268.5 yards per game. CB Asante Samuel has four interceptions, and LB Mike Vrabel ranks second in the AFC with 7½ sacks.

DEFENSIVE GENIUSES' GENESIS: Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy is credited with inventing the "Tampa-2" defense, although he credits former Steelers coach Chuck Noll with being its mastermind. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been a "defensive genius" since he was coordinator for the Giants teams under Bill Parcells. There will be a dramatic differences in defenses today, with the Patriots using a 3-4.

COLTS CRUISING: Indianapolis is unbeaten after seven games for a third consecutive year and became the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to win its first seven games three consecutive seasons. The Colts have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive home games. They allow a league-low 165.4 yards passing per game. QB Peyton Manning threw his Colts-record 288th career touchdown pass last week, breaking the team mark held by Johnny Unitas. The Colts lead the league in TDs rushing (12). Indianapolis has allowed fewer points per game than New England (14.6 to 15.9).

STAR OF THE GAME: The Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on pace, halfway through the season, for the best passing season in NFL history. His numbers, and the NFL records:

• Completion percentage: .742 (198-for-267).

Record: .706, Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, 1982

• Passing yards: 2,431. Record: 5,084, Dan Marino, Miami, 1984

• Touchdown passes: 30 Record: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 49, 2004

• Interception percentage: .748 (two in 267 attempts). Record: Damon Huard, Kansas City, .409 (one in 244) attempts, 2006

• Passer rating: 136.2. Record: 121.1, Manning, 2004

**** four-star game

GREEN BAY AT KANSAS CITY

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Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 3
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Putnam 1
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 4 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Walker 2
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 11 FINAL
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 5
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 6
San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 3 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: J. Papelbon 1
Texas - LP: Y. Darvish 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Phelps 2
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 4 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 6
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: E. Santana 6
Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb 3 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 0
San Diego - WP: I. Kennedy 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wada 3
Houston - LP: B. Peacock 7 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Chavez 9
Baltimore - LP: T. Hunter 2 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 3
Chicago 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Calgary 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Connecticut 75 FINAL
Washington 89
New York 66 FINAL
Los Angeles 64
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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