The Colts season of despair continues on Sunday night, as they are yet in the prime time spotlight as they take on the Saints on Sunday night football. At now 0-6, there’s not many, if anyone, picking the Colts to win this contest against the team that beat them in the Super Bowl just two years ago. Here’s our keys if somehow, the Colts are going to pull out a win.
1. Keep Going with Garcon – Wide receiver Pierre Garcon tied a career-high with eight receptions in last week’s loss to Cincinnati and his past four games, has 21 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. It seems like Curtis Painter and Garcon have become a solid 1-2 punch, and while the Colts continue to struggle in a lot of other areas, it’s good to see at least they have gotten on the same page. They need to keep that combo going to generate some type of offense in this contest.
2. Stay Mistake Free on Offense – If the Colts are going to pull off the upset, they need to not give the Saints extra chances with picks and fumbles on offense. The Colts are near the bottom in every offensive category, including scoring (17.3 ppg, 28th), total yards (284.7 ypg, 31st), passing yards (200.7 ypg, 28th) and rushing yards (84.0 ypg, 28th). They need every shot they can get with the offense playing so poorly.
3. Stop the Big Play – The Colts have been vulnerable to high-end passing and even running games. Expect Brees to go for the throat early on, and it’s something the Colts have to be looking for. New Orleans has players that can spread the field, and they can’t be sitting back allowing Brees to pick them apart. With that, the Saints also look for big shots downfield, and the Colts have to stop that as well. It won’t be easy.
Prediction – The fact this is going to be the fourth time in 2011 I have seen the Colts is downright nauseating. They are awful, can’t do much moving the ball, and while their D isn’t the worst in the league, they can’t score enough to make it close. The Saints are going to put on a prime-time show, and Drew Brees should have well over 300 yards and score 2-3 touchdowns. Saints in a blowout. New Orleans 27 Indianapolis 10