The Saints put on a historic show Sunday night, and unfortunately for the Colts it came at their expense, as the teams awful 2011 season continued.
New Orleans scored eight touchdowns and two field goals on the Colts, as they trounced Indianapolis 62-7 at the SuperDome.
It’s the first time since 1985 that a team in the regular season put up 62 points. The Jets did it that year. In the 1999 NFL playoffs, the Jacksonville Jaguars scored 62 in HOF QB Dan Marino’s final game, beating the Fins 62-7.
Drew Brees threw more touchdowns (5) than incomplete passes (4), in going 31-for-35 for 325 yards with five scoring passes and a QB ranking of 144.9.
The Saints put up a team record 21 points in the first quarter, and made it a laugher by the half, leading it 34-7 after they led 31-0.
Colts QB Curtis Painter had an awful night from their first series when he fumbled a snap. On the day he went 9-for-17 for 67 yards with a pick and a QB rating of 38.1. Dan Orlovsky came in for Painter and went 3-for-5 for 35 yards in garbage time.
About the only highlight for Jim Caldwell’s team was the play of running back Delone Carter, who ran for 89 yards on 10 carries and a score.
The stats do tell the story of the blowout, as New Orleans outgained the Colts 557 to 252, and the put up 34 first downs to 11 for the Colts. The Saints also held the ball 38:19 to just 21:41 for Indy.
New Orleans rushed for 236 yards, with Mark Ingram leading the way on the ground with 91 yards on 14 carries. Darren Sproles ran for 88 yards with a TD, and also had 6 grabs for 19 yards with a touchdown.
Marques Colston and TE Jimmy Graham each had two touchdowns through the air for the Saints, who improve to 5-2 on the season.
The Colts season of futility continues at 0-7, and the prospect of getting Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft is seemingly more real than ever.
For the first time as a head coach, Saints coach Sean Payton spent the game up in the coaches’ booth, where he could sit comfortably with his broken left leg propped up. He called the plays from there and he had to like what he saw from his new vantage point as the team did whatever they wanted.
This upcoming week the Colts will be on the road again as they travel for an AFC South showdown with the Titans on October 30th.