'Our time'

'Our time'

There are 43 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Nov 1, 2007, titled 'Our time'. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Jeff Saturday provided the rallying cry during a team meeting the night before. "This is our time," the veteran center implored, his sky-blue eyes fixed and glistening, reaching into those of each teammate.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Indianapolis Star.

First Prev
of 3
Next Last
Bob

Paso Robles, CA

#43 Nov 6, 2007
TMD wrote:
<quoted text>
At full strength these teams are about as evenly matched as 2 teams can be. The rest of the league is miles behind these 2. It's a shame these teams can't meet in the SB. Maybe it's time to consider a seeding system so the 2 truly best teams will play in the final every year.
A quote from Michael Felger of the Boston Herald:

The differences between the Colts and Patriots on Sunday were so few and far between it takes a magnifying glass to find them on the stat sheet.

There were, really, only three that stood out:

1. The Pats scored touchdowns in the red zone on 3-of-4 trips. The Colts were only 1-of-3. 2. The Pats dominated the return game, gaining 182 yards on punts and kickoffs, compared to just 57 yards for Indianapolis.

3. The Pats had a tougher time with the officials, taking 10 penalties for a franchise record 146 yards, compared to just four flags for 25 yards for Indy.

Otherwise, it was split right down the middle. Consider:

The Colts had 23 first downs; the Pats had 21. The Pats had 342 total yards; the Colts had 329. The Pats converted 7-of-12 third-down plays; the Colts were 5-of-12. The Pats ran 62 offensive plays; the Colts ran 61.

Here’s where it gets weird: Both teams averaged exactly 7 yards per pass play. Both averaged 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. Each team had three punts. Each team had two turnovers.

If you are a Pats homer/fan boy, you can say shoddy officiating made the game as close as it was. You can claim that without the touch fouls, the Pats win comfortably. If you’re a Colts chronic, you can point to injuries as being the difference. You can claim with Marvin Harrison, starting left tackle Tony Ugoh and two starting linebackers back in the fold, the game probably belongs to the Colts.

If you’re objective, you can say that the affairs have simply become too close to call."

"
TMD

Lafayette, IN

#44 Nov 6, 2007
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
A quote from Michael Felger of the Boston Herald:
The differences between the Colts and Patriots on Sunday were so few and far between it takes a magnifying glass to find them on the stat sheet.
There were, really, only three that stood out:
1. The Pats scored touchdowns in the red zone on 3-of-4 trips. The Colts were only 1-of-3. 2. The Pats dominated the return game, gaining 182 yards on punts and kickoffs, compared to just 57 yards for Indianapolis.
3. The Pats had a tougher time with the officials, taking 10 penalties for a franchise record 146 yards, compared to just four flags for 25 yards for Indy.
Otherwise, it was split right down the middle. Consider:
The Colts had 23 first downs; the Pats had 21. The Pats had 342 total yards; the Colts had 329. The Pats converted 7-of-12 third-down plays; the Colts were 5-of-12. The Pats ran 62 offensive plays; the Colts ran 61.
Here’s where it gets weird: Both teams averaged exactly 7 yards per pass play. Both averaged 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. Each team had three punts. Each team had two turnovers.
If you are a Pats homer/fan boy, you can say shoddy officiating made the game as close as it was. You can claim that without the touch fouls, the Pats win comfortably. If you’re a Colts chronic, you can point to injuries as being the difference. You can claim with Marvin Harrison, starting left tackle Tony Ugoh and two starting linebackers back in the fold, the game probably belongs to the Colts.
If you’re objective, you can say that the affairs have simply become too close to call."
"
You know, I don't usually agree with Felger, but he hit the nail right on the head.

What I don't quite understand is the fact that these teams are fairly evenly matched up NOW (when both are healthy). Were they THAT far apart, talent wise, before the FA acquisitions during the offseason, or have both teams just improved the talent they already possessed?

Secondly, who is the best of the rest? Here are my picks:

Dallas
Pittsburgh
GB
New Orleans
NYG
Tennessee
San Diego (although, w/Norv Turner they could drop right off the map)
Bob

Paso Robles, CA

#45 Nov 6, 2007
TMD wrote:
<quoted text>
You know, I don't usually agree with Felger, but he hit the nail right on the head.
What I don't quite understand is the fact that these teams are fairly evenly matched up NOW (when both are healthy). Were they THAT far apart, talent wise, before the FA acquisitions during the offseason, or have both teams just improved the talent they already possessed?
Secondly, who is the best of the rest? Here are my picks:
Dallas
Pittsburgh
GB
New Orleans
NYG
Tennessee
San Diego (although, w/Norv Turner they could drop right off the map)
The Pats (as I have stated my opinion on several posts) way-overachieved last year....and probably the year before.

FA acquisions by them this off-season put them (excuse the homer sound, but meant objectively) as the marquee team of all time (if the ultimate goal is achieved)

Last year, and for several years, Peyton and the boys (offensively) were head and shoulders above the crowd. That was your team's year...glory in it and be proud!

My (humble opinion of the rankings)after the two:

Pittsburg
San Diego
Tennessee
Green Bay
Dallas
Giants
Lions
KC

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Jeff Saturday Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News 2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Green Bay Packers Selecta (Jan '13) Jan '13 eric 3
News Green Bay Packers: Donald Driver, Jeff Saturday... (Jan '13) Jan '13 Laughing Bear Fan 1
News Green Bay Packers Power Rankings: 7 Most Disapp... (Jan '13) Jan '13 young fan 2
News Green Bay Packers Center Jeff Saturday Doesn't ... (Dec '12) Dec '12 Laughing Bear Fan 5
News 2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Green Bay Packers Select (Dec '12) Dec '12 Go Blue Forever 24
News 2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Green Bay Packers Select (Nov '12) Nov '12 Hollywoodless Kni... 5
News Green Bay Packers: Running game goes nowhere fast (Oct '12) Oct '12 Patches OHoulihan 2
More from around the web