To be perfect or not to be? The Indianapolis Colts don't consider it much of a dilemma, really.
They certainly aren't going to sit Peyton Manning for long as he pursues an unprecedented fourth MVP award and the career 50,000-yard passing mark. And on Sunday they host the Jets, a team that has shown little ability to keep up offensively.
So Manning could get in his work, lift the Colts to 15-0, knock the Jets out of playoff contention and finish off an unbeaten home schedule before heading to Buffalo for the finale.
And a share of history.
“You don't want to lose a game. As a competitor, as an athlete, you want to go out every single game and win,” defensive end Dwight Freeney said. “That being said, we're going out there and playing hard every game no matter who is out there. Maybe the starters may not be out there the whole game, but that's no excuse. We still have to try to get it done regardless.”
They have gotten it done 23 straight games, an NFL regular-season record. To think they will make a halfhearted effort at an unbeaten slate is, well, unthinkable.
The NFL got an early start on the action on Christmas night with San Diego at Tennessee. The Chargers already have won the AFC West.
Elsewhere Sunday, it's Baltimore at Pittsburgh; Denver at Philadelphia; Dallas at Washington; Kansas City at Cincinnati; Jacksonville at New England; Houston at Miami; Seattle at Green Bay; Carolina at the N.Y. Giants; Tampa Bay at New Orleans; Oakland at Cleveland; Detroit at San Francisco; and St. Louis at Arizona; and Buffalo at Atlanta.
On Monday night, Minnesota is at Chicago.