Bruschi: Pats-Colts 'best rivalry in the NFL'

Bruschi's Breakdown for Sunday night's anticipated game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts has been posted on ESPNBoston.com.

Tedy Bruschi, the ESPN analyst and erstwhile Patriots linebacker, shares his thoughts with ESPNBoston.com blogger Mike Reiss. Even if you aren't a Patriots fan, I recommend checking out an insightful weekly feature.

A couple of excerpts:

"As a player in the Patriots' locker room, and I could never say this back then but I can now as an analyst for ESPN, when the schedule came out one of the first things I did was take note of the Colts game. You always knew it would be one of the biggest games of the year. I always looked forward to it. Now some of the young players can start to experience some of the hype of the best rivalry in the NFL today and the magnitude of whether you win or lose it. There will be electricity at Lucas Oil Stadium."

"To me, this rivalry has just been sparked within the past five years. Early on, as a member of the Patriots, we looked at the Colts as a soft team, a finesse team, a team that didn't want to be physical and always came in with clean white jerseys and never wanted to get them dirty and play football. If you hit them in the mouth, played physical, they would fold. Early on, they did. The Patriots were able to confuse Peyton Manning and disguise coverages, and you remember his mannerisms -- the faces you'd see him making in his facemask, his arms in the air. I think it became a true rivalry when they beat us in the 2006 AFC Championship game. They proved they could beat the Patriots when it counted and beat us at our own game."