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Doug Farrar

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Colts have it easier

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Since we're talking about DVOA totals over a period of time or in a division this week, I thought I'd head back to the spreadsheets and see which six-game remaining schedule presents the easier challenge for the two undefeated teams. After running the numbers, I'd say the Colts, who currently rank second in DVOA, have a much better chance of pulling it off based on the teams they face down the stretch.

New Orleans' future opponents total 12.1% DVOA, and the biggest test comes next Monday when the Patriots come to town. After a slight breather in the Redskins, they face the Falcons and Cowboys, then the terrible Buccaneers, and close out with the Carolina Panthers and their power running game. That's four teams looking for playoff leverage and two looking to prove things for the future.

The Colts' future opponents total -20.70% DVOA, and they also have the toughest test up front in a Houston Texans team that almost beat them a few weeks back. The only other team with a positive DVOA is the Broncos, who they face in Week 14, and it's anyone's guess which version of that team will show up from week to week. Other than that, the Colts, who have won 19 straight regular-season games already, have only the Titans, Bills, Jaguars and Bills in their way.

I'm not sure whether either team will make it all the way, but the Texans and Pats have the best chances of unseating the perfect teams in the next few days.

By Doug Farrar  |  November 29, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New England Patriots , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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