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  • Will the Colts finish the NFL season undefeated?

       December 04, 2005

    They've already clinched a playoff spot, and have won 20 of their last 21 games. Now that the Indianapolis Colts are sitting atop the league with an impressive 12-0 record, the pundits are abuzz with talk of what might be. "Can they do it? Can Indy become the first team to go undefeated since the 1972 Dolphins?"

    Personally, I think the answer is a clear cut and resounding "NO." In today's parity-stricken NFL, it is all but impossible for any team, no matter how good, to finish the regular season with a perfect record.

    Need proof of that? Look no further than the 1985 Chicago Bears, unquestionably the best pro football team to ever take the field. If His Sweetness Walter Payton couldn't pull it off, what makes you think that Peyton Manning can? Don't get me wrong - Manning is a great player, one of the best in the NFL. In fact, Indy's big three surely rank among the best triple threat ever assembled in the modern salary cap era.

    But offensive triple threats don't make legendary teams, defenses do. The Colts' defensive unit isn't even close to being the 85 Bears. And as great a coach as he is, Dungy is no Ditka.

    Indy has 3 tough games coming up - at an excellent, largely under-the-radar Jacksonville team, at an 8-2 mentally-tough Seattle, and a matchup with 'the-best- running-back- Marty-Schottenheimer- has-ever-seen' and his San Diego Chargers. A very good team could lose all three of those games. In fact, the best team ever assembled would surely drop at least one of them.

    Or maybe the loss will come in Week 16 when the Colts face the struggling Arizona Cardinals. Wouldn't that make an otherwise boring final-week-of-the-season interesting?

    The fact is, I have no earthly clue where the Colts will stumble. But I know they will. No team can finish a modern NFL season undefeated.

    Not even if they have a player named "Payton."

    Posted by jkhat at December 4, 2005 09:05 PM

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    #  December 4th, 2005 9:13 PM      kris
    I can't wait until people take you on about saying the Bears were the best pro team ever  
    #  December 4th, 2005 9:17 PM      pinguino
    i think it's pretty commonly agreed upon in sports circles that the 85 bears were the best.

    if you think they're not, then who?  
    #  December 4th, 2005 9:25 PM      kris
    well first, the '85 Dolphins beat the '85 Bears and would have beat them again if they made it into the Super Bowl. that Bear defense was extremely vulnerable to a good passing attack and it wasn't a surprise that the Dolphins beat them.

    I also think the '72 Dolphins would have a claim on being the greatest NFL team, not to mention the '62 Packers (Starr, Hornung, Taylor, Nitschke, Dowler, etc.)  
    #  December 4th, 2005 9:27 PM      pinguino
    i give you Mr. Poll.  
    #  December 4th, 2005 11:33 PM      Daddy
    The '85 Bears vs. the '05 Colts.

    Peyton Manning vs. McMahon and Tomczak. Hmmm....

    Here's a phrase we don't ever hear: "Mike Ditka's great passing attack..." Know why we don't hear it? Because none of Ditka's teams, ever, has had a great passing attack.

    Colts D gives up less than 2 TD's a game. Take away the game against the next-best passing attack (Cincy), and they give up just over 11 pts. a game. Not bad when your offense averages 206.

    These Colts are better than those Bears. Too bad we have to wait until next year's Madden to prove it on PlayStation.

    #  December 4th, 2005 11:39 PM      pinguino
    bears entire postseason: 95 points scored, 10 points allowed. [and those were a FG and a late TD after the score was 37-3.]

    youre seriously trying to compare indy ot that? you cant say "take away what cinci scores.." that's like saying "take away the games against good teams...."

    it's not about manning v. mcmahon, it's about a complete team. kurt warner and the saint louis attack machine looked pretty good too. how did that work out for em, in the ol history books?

    #  December 4th, 2005 11:41 PM      kris
    kurt warner and the saint louis attack machine looked pretty good too. how did that work out for em, in the ol history books?

    same as it did for the Bears: 1 Super Bowl win  
    #  December 5th, 2005 5:45 AM      Daddy
    Yes, those Bears were incredible in the post-season. We'll have to wait to see what the Colts do, now, won't we?

    #  December 5th, 2005 8:15 AM      BVBigBro
    The 85 Bears had a far better defense than the 05 Colts. They also had a worse offense. A good team that can pass block can throw at will against the 05 Colts, much as they could against the 85 Bears.  
    #  December 5th, 2005 10:10 AM      james
    unless the colts hit the recording studio, the don't even have a chance
    #  December 5th, 2005 10:54 AM      kris
    We are the Bears' Shufflin' Crew
    Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you
    We're so bad, we know we're good
    Blowin' your mind, like we knew we would
    You know we're just struttin' for fun
    Struttin' our stuff for everyone
    We're not here to start no trouble
    We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle

    Anyone wanna work on a parody?

    #  December 5th, 2005 11:00 AM      james
    id say that any song would have to mention

    1) EJ being drafted over ricky

    2) the fact that harrison is better than TO and isn't a cock

    3) vanderjagt running his mouth last year and insulting manning

    #  December 5th, 2005 11:03 AM      BVBigBro
    Manning being unable to open a can of soup.  
    #  December 5th, 2005 11:42 AM      kris
    full lyrics  
    #  December 5th, 2005 11:54 AM      james
    #  December 5th, 2005 12:00 PM      kris
    oh lord, i'm embarassed to even watch that. those boys may have known how to play football, but they sure don't have any rhythm.  
    #  December 5th, 2005 12:04 PM      james
    i dunno, willie gault sure seems to have some sweet moves.
    #  December 5th, 2005 5:26 PM      rpfinley
    Which team in 1985 was #2 of 28 in the NFL with Points scored at 456?

    Da Bears  
    #  December 5th, 2005 9:26 PM      Daddy
    My favorite result:

    at Dallas Cowboys 44-0.

    Anybody got a tape of that game?  
    #  December 6th, 2005 7:28 PM      KVBigSis
    Here's a vote for the 1972 Dolphins, who had the most beautiful player I've ever seen on a football field - Paul Warfield.  



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