Re: NFL 2009 Thread #3: The Quest for Perfection

Perhaps this is covered under your point #2, but I don't think you beat the Colts by keeping it close and hoping for an opportunity at the end. I can't find any stats, but the number of points Peyton has put up in the last 2 minutes of a half is ridiculous - over 40 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter, etc. The Jets need to figure out how to be ahead by at least 2 scores with 10 minutes remaining to have a decent shot at the win. If it's a 1-score game with 10 minutes left, the smart money is on the Colts every time.

As your point #3 mentions, that's what the Ravens did this week - hung around in the first half, and then before they knew it, Peyton put up 14 points in the last 2 minutes of the first half to put the game away.

Edit to add: Out of nerd curiosity, I checked. Ignoring the two "pulled starter" games this year, over the last 2 seasons, the Colts are 9-4 when losing with 10 minutes to go. The only game where they were losing by more than 10 points was to Green Bay last year - losing by 20 and they lost. So when they're losing by less than 10 points with 10 minutes to go, they are 9-3 over the last 2 seasons. That's pretty incredible - how many teams have gone .750 over the last two seasons, period?

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**JF_Gophers**View PostAs your point #3 mentions, that's what the Ravens did this week - hung around in the first half, and then before they knew it, Peyton put up 14 points in the last 2 minutes of the first half to put the game away.

Edit to add: Out of nerd curiosity, I checked. Ignoring the two "pulled starter" games this year, over the last 2 seasons, the Colts are 9-4 when losing with 10 minutes to go. The only game where they were losing by more than 10 points was to Green Bay last year - losing by 20 and they lost. So when they're losing by less than 10 points with 10 minutes to go, they are 9-3 over the last 2 seasons. That's pretty incredible - how many teams have gone .750 over the last two seasons, period?

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