Friday follow-up

Two points in regards to yesterday’s piece

1) As one reader pointed out, the Texans did, in fact, find some fault with the Colts running up the score against them in 2004. This from the Indy Star: “The Texans found it offensive and disrespectful that, long after the game had been decided, the Colts kept running their offense. Houston players and television analyst Randy Cross were particularly upset that the Colts, rather than running the ball in the fourth quarter, continued to pass – a move Cross referred to as having “no class.”

2) Bob Kravitz responds to our claim here yesterday that the Colts might have been running up the score in 2004 as well. Au contraire, according to Kravitz (and hundreds of other Colts fans in the Inbox).

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Don’t you hate it when the facts get in the way of a good story?
A reporter for the Boston Globe Web site, Eric Wilbur, wondered why there weren’t accusations of running up the score and padding statistics in 2004, when Peyton Manning was setting the single-season TD pass record and the Colts were winning by huge margins.
Here’s why, good friend.
Of the 49 TD passes, just one came in the fourth quarter of a one-sided game.
Wilbur specifically alluded to a four-game stretch of Colts blowouts to buttress his argument. Problem is, the numbers don’t support the argument.
The Colts beat Houston 49-14. Manning threw five TD passes, none in the fourth quarter.
The Colts beat Chicago 41-10. Manning had four TD passes. Jim Sorgi played the fourth quarter.
The Colts beat Detroit 41-9. Manning threw for six TD passes. Sorgi went into the game with 1:15 left in the third quarter.
The Colts beat Tennessee 51-24. Manning’s last TD pass, his fourth of the game, made it 48-24 with 13 minutes left. That’s when Sorgi entered the game.
By comparison, Brady has thrown six fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the Patriots’ first eight games, five of them with a lead of 17 points or more.
Facts. They’re so inconvenient sometimes.

Noted. But here are more facts: Perhaps only the Washington game can go into the running up the score argument, as the Pats put 14 fourth-quarter points on the board. They scored seven in the fourth against Miami, while the Dolphins put up 21. They scored 17 against Dallas in the fourth of a game that was 31-24 after three. Against the Bengals: 10 points in a game that was 24-10 after three quarters. As bad as the Bengals are, you think that offense can’t whip off two quick touchdowns?
Point is, there are a lot of similarities between what the Patriots are doing and what the Colts have done in the past, no matter how badly some would never dare relate the two.