The Patriots blew out yet another opponent last week, this time the Washington Redskins by the final score of 52-7. Next up for the team are the Indianapolis Colts -- the NFL's only other undefeated team. But the talk for most of the week focused on the Patriots' late scores with Tom Brady still on the field. Were they running up the score? Were they sending a message to the Colts?
Patriots-Colts features two teams with a combined 15-0 record, the best records two unbeaten teams have ever come into a game with. It's one of the most anticipated regular season games in NFL history. They met in last year's AFC Championship Game (a 38-34 Colts win in a thriller) and the teams have combined to win four of the last six Super Bowls. Tom Brady. Peyton Manning. Bill Belichick. Tony Dungy. This game is worth all of the hype.
But before anyone could talk about the Game of the Year, everyone had to talk about the Patriots and their penchant for scoring late. Here are the top 10 quotes of the week, heading into Week 9, Patriots-Colts:
10. "You cannot say anything bad about the way they played. They beat us. We didn't do a good enough job putting up points, and stopping them from scoring points."
~ Redskins wide receiver Reche Caldwell
Translation: "My eyes were as wide as the ocean watching that performance! Man, I wish I was still on that team."
9. "I told [Belichick], 'You need to show some respect for the game.' You just don't do that. I don't care how bad it is. You're up 35 points and you're still throwing deep? That's no respect."
~ Redskins linebacker Randall Godfrey [NBCSports.com]
8. "Well, Randall is entitled to his opinion. You can talk to him about that. I'm sure he'll give it to you."
~ Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when asked about Randall Godfrey' comments
Translation: "What a baby. You're lucky we didn't put up 60 on you, Randall. Just keep talking."
7. "I always look at it as you cannot let yourself get in a situation like that. You cannot let yourself be in a situation where somebody else has an opportunity to do that [run up the score]. My approach has always been if it happens and we put ourselves in a situation like that, I am certainly not going to be somebody that complains about that. I always look at it more about us making sure that doesn't happen."
~ Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs
Translation: "Bill Belichick, what an @!#$. When do we play them again, in 4 years? I will not forget this."
6. "Well, I mean, our team hasn't really been in that type of situation all year, so you could say that about the whole team. We haven't had a game that's really come down to the final possession or the final play or that type of thing Nobody's been in that situation."
~ Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, when asked if he's concerned that kicker Stephen Gostkowski hasn't had to make a pressure kick so far this season
Translation: "My goal is for Stephen to take the rest of the season off. No more field goals. We win every game by 50. No mercy. We will not be denied."
5. "I hope so. I hope it's a blowout, actually."
~ Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, when asked if the Patriots-Colts game deserves the hype it's been given
Translation: "I hope we're up by 30 in the 4th quarter and coach calls another bomb to Randy. I mean, I feel bad for our opponents when we score so much. But not that bad."
4. "No. I mean, that's to me what it its. It was my opinion at the time and it's what I believe. Again, I don't think it takes away from anything they've done; it's just disappointing that it wasn't a good situation for the league or any of the players in the NFL."
~ Colts head coach Tony Dungy, when asked if he regretted comparing the Patriots' role in the "cameragate scandal" to Barry Bonds
Translation: "I didn't realize at the time how good the Patriots were. Of course I regret saying those things. My words are probably etched in stone on their locker room wall."
3. "Typically in this league when you have the game in hand you do call off the dogs a little bit but not to the point where you could lose the game."
~ John Fox, Carolina Panthers on Sirius NFL Radio
Translation: "We don't have to play the Patriots this year, so I'll go ahead and say it. It's disgusting. Revolting. I can't believe how many points they're piling on."
2. "We're responsible for keeping their score down. They aren't. That's just being competitive. That's what this game is about. That's what any game is about. I have no comment or opposition to them ringing up as many points as they're capable of."
~ Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers on Sirius NFL Radio
Translation: "We play the Patriots in five weeks. I'm not giving them any locker room wall material. Make sure Bill knows that I didn't say anything bad. OK?"
1. "Priceless. This game is like becoming one of those classic games, I guess. If you watch the old [games], NFL Network and NFL Films, and you go back 20 years, you see something like this. It's turning into one of those, just because each game we play against them is usually a good game."
~ Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, on if he were a fan, how much would it be worth as a fan to see this game
Translation: "Two tickets to Colts-Patriots? Priceless. Hey, Peyton! Get me in your next commercial, will ya?"
Priceless. An instant classic. That's what this game is shaping up to be. It's time to stop all the chatter about the Patriots becoming the NFL's new bullies. It's time to make arrangements to watch the game. Take the phone off the hook. Get your snacks ready. Find your spot on the couch. Patriots-Colts. What more is there to be said?
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