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can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Its not weather the Saints can beat the Colts its weather the Saints can beat Manning. He has historically owned us and our secondary??? yeah take the Colts. The over-under is going to be HUGE!...

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Old 08-21-2007, 11:20 PM   #21
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

Its not weather the Saints can beat the Colts its weather the Saints can beat Manning. He has historically owned us and our secondary??? yeah take the Colts. The over-under is going to be HUGE!
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:54 PM   #22
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

If there's constant pressure in Manning's face, I guarantee a win.

That's how we beat the Eagles early last year. Remember that sack Hollis Thomas had where he just pushed mcnabb down with one hand?
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:39 AM   #23
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

Yes. This game is not about offenses. It's about defenses and the Colts have one of the weakest in the league after losing several key players last year...Booger McFarland, Jason David, Cato June, Monte Reagor, and another in the secondary whose name escapes me.

NO's defense just has to slow down Peyton & company and watch Brees, Bush and McAllister control the game and wear out Indy's D. The timing is right because it's early in the season, nothing on the line for Indy, and the Saints will be the first of many teams targeting to beat the current champs. Should be a big win for the Saints.

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Old 08-22-2007, 08:17 AM   #24
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

pressure up the gut is key. forcing manning into grant and smith. got get your hands in his face and keep the WR infront of you
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:18 AM   #25
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This is our year.

I think both teams are equal in their ability to win it. Would it hurt me to lose to the Colts? No. Would it suprise me if we win? No.

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Have any of you guys used the Fan2Fan thing to post on other team's sites? I tried to login and talk trash on the Indy site but it's down. I take that to mean they're scared.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:34 AM   #27
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Have any of you guys used the Fan2Fan thing to post on other team's sites? I tried to login and talk trash on the Indy site but it's down. I take that to mean they're scared.
Indianapolis Colts Talk - Unofficial Indianapolis Colts Fan Forums

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Old 08-22-2007, 09:31 AM   #28
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

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only on their best day...........
even with the lost of some key players, the colts remain the team to beat.
manning and dungy will continue to find a way.
I'm not so sure. The reason is defense.

while it's only one game with fifteen to go, the schedule is a tough one.
and while payton has found a way to beat 500 teams, he has yet to find
a way to beat the cream of the crop.
The cream of the crop last year had one consistent theme when playing the Saints:

Defense.

until he does this, we will be exciting, but never the best...........
payton squeezed everything he could out of last yrs team, and got us within one
game of the superbowl, but that was against a weak schedule.
This year's schedule is probably more favorable to our team than last year's. Consider the differences:

Division: The Saints went 4-2 in the division last year. Every team in our division except for us has serious questions at the QB position. Also TB and Atlanta did nothing significant to improve their defense. That leaves Carolina. Payton has had two cracks at the apple with Carolina, coming close in the significant game in Carolina and conceeding the last game in New Orleans. Both games are significant this year. I predict at least a split. So it's likely the team will go 5-1 or 6-0 against the division. That'll pretty much wrap up the South.

AFC South vs. AFC North: The North last year had two top 10 defenses and two top 10 offenses. The South has only one top 10 defense (Jacksonville) and only one top 5 offense (Indy). The team has shown they can compete against top offenses as long as the corresponding defense is lacking. That's exactly the case in Indy. It's likely that instead of 1-3 like last year that the count here will be 3-1 splitting the two games against Indy and or Jacksonville.

NFC West vs. NFC East: Philly was a top 5 offense last year. The team took them twice. Dallas was completely dismantled and at the time they were a top 10 defense though they were never the same after the Saints' beatdown. The NFC West is a defenseless division except maybe for San Francisco. It's likely that the Saints may lose one in a shootout with either the Cards or St. Louis, but unlikely to go less than 3-1 in this group.

Chicago vs. Green Bay: The game may be meaningless by week 17 for both teams. If not, then the Saints are well aware the implications of having to play Chicago in Soldier Field in late January. Payton will have learned his lesson about abandoning the run. It'll be a tough fight.

Philly vs. San Fran: The Saints beat Philly with and without McNabb. They beat Philly with McNabb when he was having a MVP type season. Philly hasn't done any significant upgrades on the defensive side of the ball. In fact they have let both Jones (who we have) and Trotter go. No reason to think that they'll have a significant advantage this year.

The Saints will probably pick up 3 games over last year's schedule because the teams weakness is sound defenses. There are only 3 of them on the schedule this year (using last year's numbers): Carolina, Jacksonville, and Chicago.

And let's not forget that even with Freddie "GameShow" Thomas getting toasted all over the field that the Saints' finished 11th in total defense last year. We've brought in better players (David, Simmons) that will start sooner or later and have former starters
(Siminou?, Thomas, Dhani Jones, KK) that will bolster the defense.

Payton and Gibbs did not sit on their heels in the offseason on defense. They will play better and the offense having a year under their belt will make life even easier for the defense.

and while he has tweaked the defense and offense, will it be enough?
Tweaked the offense how? Adding Johnson at the TE position? Starting Henderson? Neither really matter because Brees has shown that if you're on the field, you're going to get the ball. We have 6 quality receivers, 3 quality TE, and 4 quality RBs, and starting quality backups on the OL. The only dropoff is at the QB position after Brees.
There are simply too many weapons, too good a field general in Brees, and too good a playcaller in Payton to expect anything other than total offensive domination over everyone except the very best NFL defenses.

The defense only has to do three things:

1) Not give up the big play.
2) Stop the run consistently.
3) Generate more turnovers

I think that the combination of David, Harper, and KK will help with the first. Clancy will be starting in the middle eventually to help with the second. KK and David are ballhawks. Not sure about Harper yet.

The defense is going to be better. And they don't need to be very much better in order for this team to be very successful this season.

if the saints can hold this one close, i'd say we may be one step closer.
and if the saints pull it out, i'd say we are one step closer........
and while i predict a lost, i'll always pray for a win and i'll always say, go saints...................smitty
If the Colts can somehow recreate the defense they generated during the playoffs I may agree with you. But they have lost their starting corners, LB (June), tackle (McFarland), and pro bowl LT from last year. They are going to be a completely different team. They are going to need time to gel defensively and somewhat offensively.

The Saints have none of those issues. The first team offense is already clicking at a midseason form, even with backups in key positions. The defense will be good enough to make some stops. And that's all they need to do.

I expect the Saints to take the Colts by 10 points or more. This isn't the same Colts teams you saw leaving the field in Miami. But it's a better Saints team than you saw leaving the field in Chicago last January.

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Old 08-22-2007, 09:53 AM   #29
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

Man, that sure does sound convincing to me. Ever thought of being a politician?
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:44 AM   #30
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Its about Manning!!! What happens when the Colts D isn't doing that great... Manning has to open it up and that isn't good for any team. As soon as we line up in a man 2 man we are going to get toasted. Sean has got to have something up his sleeve. I think we ill fair better than past games vs the colts but we have to eat the clock and score a lot of points. This could be the highest scoring game of the year.
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