Updated Oct. 23
JACKSONVILE, Fla. -- A short while after the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-7 on Monday night, the talk in the Colts' locker room wasn't about what they had just done but rather what they can do in two weeks.
Forget their dominant performance against the Jaguars and forget their game this week with the Carolina Panthers. All anybody cares about is this:
|Bob Sanders makes all the difference for Indy's defense. (Getty Images)|
Did you know the Super Bowl is in November this year? When those two teams meet in two weeks, the hype will be over the top. It's already almost there.
That's because we have a two-team league right now. If you lined the Colts and New England Patriots, the two remaining unbeaten teams, up against any of the other 30 teams on a neutral field, they both would be at least a touchdown favorite.
That's not to take anything away from the nice start by the Green Bay Packers or the five-game winning streak by the New York Giants or the revitalization of the San Diego Chargers, but our eyes don't deceive us. None of those teams right now is in the same league with the big two.
What's even more significant is how easily they're both going about their business. The Patriots are on pace to break the single-season scoring record, while Tom Brady has 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions.
The Colts have won all three division road games after losing all three last season, and have a hammerlock on the AFC South, which might be the best division in football. They are also winning with good defense, and you know the offense can crank it up when needed.
Can Nov. 4 get here soon enough?
When the season started, we thought the Colts and Patriots and San Diego Chargers were clearly the three best teams, which is why they were atop the CBSSports.com Power Rankings. Two, the Colts and Patriots, have lived up to it. Seven weeks in, we know they're the two best, while San Diego has struggled some.
The Colts are a better team than they were in 2006 when they won the Super Bowl. The Patriots are significantly better than they were when they lost to the Colts in the AFC Championship Game, blowing a 21-3 lead.
Which team is No. 1 in the NFL?
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"We know what they're doing, but we can't worry about that," Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson said after Monday night's game. "Let's not forget that's just one game and we have one before that."
Do they have to play it? Do the Patriots have to play the Redskins?
Get on with the November Super Bowl. We can hardly wait. Our network, which airs the game, will have mega-ratings for that one.
Nothing else matters in the NFL right now but two words. Colts and Patriots.
Here are the Power Rankings through Week 7: