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


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


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Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein 8
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani 2
Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: D. Haren 6
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 5
Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 5
Boston - LP: W. Miley 7 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 18
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 6
Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 3
Kansas City - LP: E. Volquez 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 5
Texas - WP: N. Feliz 5 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: J. Alvarez 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: T. Clippard 6
Los Angeles - LP: S. Baker 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: B. Morrow 3
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 8 FINAL
Arizona - LP: J. Hellickson 0
San Francisco 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Minnesota - WP: C. Fien 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Olson 2
NY Mets 4 Top 7th Inning
NY Yankees 6
Cleveland 101 FINAL
Boston 93
LA Clippers 114 FINAL
San Antonio 105
Toronto 94 FINAL
Washington 125
Houston 45 2nd Qtr 5:28
Dallas 44
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Montreal 2 FINAL
Ottawa 0
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Toronto FC 2 FINAL
Orlando City 0
Portland 0 1st Half 15:00
Seattle 0
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