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Saints begin NFL season with a WHIMPER……

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Marvin Harrison not too old to partyIt was billed as the battle of two potential Superbowl contenders.  The New Orleans Saints versus the defending Superbowl champion Indianapolis Colts.  John Madden made the comment at the beginning of the game that the defenses were not going to be a factor and they may as well take a seat on the bench.

 As soon as I heard that I knew it wouldn’t be the case.  For the 1st half of the game things were pretty close.  In fact, it was mostly a battle of the defenses, not the prolific offenses as you would have expected.  The score at the end of the 1st half was tied at 10 apiece.  The colts got their 1st touchdown off of a nice pass down the field to Marvin Harrison in the end zone.  The Saints got their touchdown from their defense when Reggie Wayne was stripped of the ball by Jason David who also recovered the fumble and ran it back for a touchdown.  Both teams were able to put drives together that ended in field goals and neither offense looked very impressive.

 The second half was an entirely different game as the Colts dominant offense looked like the Superbowl champions of last season with Peyton Manning hooking up with Reggie Wayne for two TD passes and the running game of Joseph Adai proving to be extremely effective against a Saints defense that was clearly outmatched.

On the other side of the ball, the Saints offense continued to struggle the rest of the game and never did hit their stride.  The Colts defense play exceptionally well and didn’t look anything like last years defense which was the worst rush defense in the entire league.  Reggie Bush and Deuce McCallister were both innefective as was Drew Brees.  Marquis Colston was held in check and never did have any spectacular plays.  As the game wore on, the entire Saints team seemed to collapse with big holes showing up in the defense and the offense stalling on every drive or giving the ball away with interceptions.

For all of the hype of this opening game, only the Colts came out and showed that they still have what it takes to win a superbowl.  If their defense an continue to play at this level throughout the season, they very well could be the team to beat once again.  The Saints are going to have to regroup and figure out what went wrong in all areas of their game.  I still expect them to be a dangerous team this year, but certainly they have lost some credibility and have showed that they have glaring weaknesses.  I’m sure the rest of the league will pick up on this.

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