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The New England Patriots are 8-0. The Super Bowl defending champions Indianapolis Colts are 7-0. The NFL archrivals play Sunday (4:15 p.m., CBS) in a game that has taken on the feel of a Super Bowl. It’s the first time in the league’s 88-year history that two undefeated teams with 7-0 or better records are meeting this late in the season. CBS’ Jim Nantz, who will call the game with Phil Simms, expects the telecast (going to 93 percent of the country) to get a 20.0 rating. That’s bigger than the “American Idol” finale. The game features the NFL’s two most marketable players: Pats’ quarterback Tom Brady and Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning. The Patriots, who are challenging the Miami Dolphins’ 1972 perfect season, are five-point favorites. We’re taking New England 31-21.