Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Look, the Colts Beat the Patriots ...
I'm watching ESPN's First Take and they were debating the power rankings. Basically who is better -- the Colts or Saints?
Well, Scoop Jackson has a problem with the fact that the Patriots "gave" the Colts a win last week. You all know that Pats' coach Bill Belichick made a controversial decision to go for a 4th-and-2 at their own 28 yard line, while holding a six point league with just over two minutes left in the game. The thinking is that Belichick's bad decision led to the Colts victory more than anything.
Uh, no. You can't say that. You can't say that the Colts didn't just beat the Patriots.
First off, the Colts MADE THE PLAY to stop the Pats from gaining the first down. New England completed the short pass, but a jarring hit and tackle forced the receiver to bobble the ball and stuffed him from getting those last few inches. They made the play.
Second off, the mere fact that Belichick went for it instead of punting the ball shows the kind of dominance the Colts had during that fourth quarter. Indy erased a 17 point lead as Peyton Manning torched the Pats pass defense.
Then ... and try to wrap your head around this one ... you have to factor in the unknown. Okay, say Belichick did punt the ball to the Colts. Do you not think that Manning couldn't have driven down the field (probably about 70 yards) with over two minutes left and two timeouts? Well, Belichick thought that, which is why he decided to go for it.
Yeah, Belichick should have punted it but it wasn't like the play they ran was a dud. It should have worked. Heck, it did work.
Well, until the Colts defender made the play to win the game.
Brought to you by the Sportz Assassin at 10:26 AM