Sep 7, 2007

Colts Crush Saints, 41-10

Well, there's not much to say. The Saints laid an egg against the Colts on national TV. The defense is still full of holes, the secondary can't cover anyone, the offense couldn't get in rhythm and we have a new kicker who can't make field goals. Should Saints fans be worried? Not really. The Colts are defending Superbowl champs. Peyton Manning will go down in history as one of, if not the best QB ever in the NFL. Its the first game. There's 15 more. Just burn the game film and let's move on.

There weren't many positives, but here are a few I noticed:
-Lance Moore will do a good job returning kicks. He had a 30 yard punt return in the game.
-Steve Weatherford was the right choice at punter. He killed the ball all night and averaged 48.4 yards on five kicks.
-TE Eric Johnson will get lots of opportunities in this offense. The Colts were giving the Saints underneath throws all game, and Johnson finished with eight catches.

There were too many negatives to list them all, but here's some of the most glaring ones:
-Was Fred Thomas dressed in Jason David's jersey last night? Besides the fumble recovery for a TD, David may want to forget this game ever happened.
-The run defense still needs work. RB Joe Addai ran all over the Saints, who were forced to make shoestring tackles in the secondary all night.
-Saints fans were spoiled with the consistent John Carney kicking field goals. I see an up and down year for new kicker Olindo Mare, who had missed 4 FGs in a row (including preseason) before hitting his first as a Saint.
-The offense was frustrated all night. The Saints are not a dink and dunk offense, but that's what the Colts made them be. Until late in the 4th quarter, they hadn't completed a pass over 13 yards, and Brees uncharacteristically threw 2 interceptions. The running game was even less effective with Deuce and Reggie both averaging less than 4 yards a carry on only 22 total carries.
-Rookie WR Robert Meachem bares a mention in the negatives as well. He was on the inactive list and has been a disappointment throughout the offseason. After seeing the Saints play defense, the team should have used their first round pick to address that side of the ball instead (LB Paul Posluszny anyone?).

Like I said before, let's just move on. Can we play the Tampa Bay game this Sunday?

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