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Is it possible?

Posted by Bob Ryan, Globe Staff  October 21, 2007 05:58 PM

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You know, 16 and 0.

I still think not. I'm still calling 14-2, one loss being to the Colts and the other, assuming they're 14-1, to the Giants on that Saturday night in late December. I can see a lot of bodies being rested that day.

But suppose they are 15-0? I would guess that the owner would then like to go for it. I'd like to hear that conversation.

Meanwhile, just how many things can keep going Coach Bill's way? The season starts and he's hit with the Spygate charge. The team rallies around him and starts destroying people. He gets to 6-0 and he's playing an 0-6, team, but, wait. He's actually got a motivational ploy: last year's 21-0 loss in Miami. Now he's got something else to harp on in preparation for the Redskins: the 21 points yielded by the defense on Sunday.

The only yeah-but I'd throw out on the Pats is the schedule. Dallas is the marquee victory. But looking at this team I'm not so sure it really makes much difference. The Colts appear to be the only team in their class.

Now I ask you. What does it say about the talent evaluation of the Raiders if they were insisting that Randy Moss had lost his legs?

Anyway, how 'bout dem Bruins! And I honestly do have a good feeling about Mr. Matsuzaka tonight. But if Jake Westbrook can repeat Game 3, more power to him. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

As far as Paul Byrd is concerned, I am totally bummed. I wanted to believe in that man. You can be sure there will be no end to the bad news on the HGH front as the winter unfolds. Don't be shocked by any name you hear.

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