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Monday, October 24, 2011

Let's not forget that the Saints played a terrible team on Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Make no mistake about it: the Saints absolutely, unequivocally and emphatically blew out the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The 61-7 win was a beatdown of historic proportions and it was a stunning thing to watch in person. Drew Brees was unstoppable, the rest of the offense played to near perfection, the defense - finally - forced turnovers and turned them into points and the Colts were just absolutely miserable on both sides of the ball.

That being said, the Indianapolis Colts are a truly awful, no-good, terrible team this season. Coming into their game against New Orleans, the Colts were already giving up over 27 points a game while their offense has scored 20 or more points in just two games all season. The Colts are among the league worst in offensive yards gained per game, defensive yards given up per game and turnover differential. In short, this is a team that can't move the ball effectively or score and can't keep their opponents from doing so.

The Saints, meanwhile, have one of the best offenses in the league, were coming off a frustrating loss to a division opponent, they were playing at home on National TV. In essence, what happened yesterday was a perfect storm for the Saints (after all, there's a reason NFL teams don't score 62 points that often).

So yes, yesterday's win is something to celebrate, but don't take it as an indication that the Saints are somehow now some unbeatable juggernaut. Right now, the only team in the NFL that can make that claim are the Packers who, if you don't remember, have already beaten the Saints this season.

The Saints, as we pointed out last week, still have a few flaws to deal with. From Olin Kreutz abruptly deciding to retire from football to the defense's seeming inability to stop competent offenses, there are many questions about this team that good, quality teams are going to be asking. One big question will be how Sean Payton having to sit in the coach's booth will affect the team going forward, and we're not talking about whether he'll be putting on some extra pounds now that he can snack on the job. After all, things in Tampa two weeks ago went south in the second half when Payton was upstairs and not on the sideline.

Luckily, though, the Saints have another truly awful, no-good, terrible team without the services of their starting quarterback in the St. Louis Rams to beat on next week. So for now, we'll just keep celebrating Drew Brees touchdowns as they rain from the sky and hope that no one else on the team decides their heart is no longer in football.

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