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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; 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. while it's only one game with fifteen to go, the schedule ...

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Old 08-21-2007, 07:04 AM   #1
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can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

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.

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.

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.

and while he has tweaked the defense and offense, will it be enough?

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
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:33 AM   #2
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

i think the colts are to strong.
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Old 08-21-2007, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

I think that Grant and Smith are able to get some pressure on Manning early and often. David plays well since he's covered Reggie Wayne in practice so much. The match-ups to watch are MM on Harrison and the LBs on Dallas Clark. If the safties can help keep those two in check the game's ours.

As for offense. The Colts basically pulled two guys out of the stands to play CB. Bob Sanders is probably back and that will help, but they're still hurting at basically all three parts of the D. I think Brees carves them up early by spreading the ball around and creating mismatches, then just gives the damn ball to Deuce down the stretch.

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Old 08-21-2007, 08:38 AM   #4
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

They can, they just have to play at their highest level and the rest is up to the coaches and the gameplan...Its got to be right...
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:29 AM   #5
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

Originally Posted by ssmitty View Post
only on their best day...........
I think we have a dam good chance at taking down the colts
I agree with whodat
Smith and Grant must keep young Manning moving and off of his game
Our front line and at least one of our LB’s must create pressure and make him try to make the play before he is ready

I will give the Colts this much they did look good against Chicago last night (dam good!!!) but when Chicago was able to put the pressure on Manning...
the colts did not run at 100%

The way to beating the Colts is…
Keep Manning off his game and then they will have to rely on the short pass or the run


Originally Posted by ssmitty View Post
but that was against a weak schedule.
What are you talking about?
Did you even watch last season or were you caught up in all the Katrina drama?


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Old 08-21-2007, 09:30 AM   #6
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

I think it's going to be really really tough to stop their offense. It's so hard to put pressure on Peyton because he gets rid of the ball so quickly. But hey, we're not the same ole Saints anymore. Things happen... just like that Atlanta game last year in the Dome. Payton does an excellent job game planning versus our opponents... hopefully we'll be able to limit their scoring. If we can put up 35 points, we might have a chance.
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WIN! Indy is way beatable and a few average teams showed that last year. Last year we finally got some respect but this year we will need to be feared. Considering our SB hopes this might be the most important game of the season. Its going to set the tempo and it will send out the message that last year was no fluke. We were successful last year but we were not an elite team. You have to beat the elite to be considered elite.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:42 AM   #8
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

They are beatable. Jacksonville has the perfect game plan for them. If the defense can accept they have to keep the WR in front of them and Tackle and give up the yardage between the 20s we have a chance. Lock them down in the Red zone. Jags do that with the push up the middle.
Offense can put up points as long as you keep the safeties up with the run
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Re: can the saints beat the colts in the opener?

[QUOTE=WhoDat205;136498]As for offense. The Colts basically pulled two guys out of the stands to play CB. Bob Sanders is probably back and that will help, but they're still hurting at basically all three parts of the D. I think Brees carves them up early by spreading the ball around and creating mismatches, then just gives the damn ball to Deuce down the stretch.

Final Score - Saints 38 - Colts 21[/QUOTE


The Colts knew they were losing their corners and they were fine with that. (makes you wonder about David) These guys were not pulled out of the stands-

The big loss is probably at OT, where Payton loses a 10 year vet.

If we play our bend-don't-break D and our offense performs, we can win.

The point spread is 7 by the way, so with the 3 points built in for home-field, the experts think we are only 4 points apart


Oh, and thanks to the NFL- any other team playing both Super Bowl participants on the road?
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:00 AM   #10
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[quote=ScottF;136508]
Originally Posted by WhoDat205 View Post
Oh, and thanks to the NFL- any other team playing both Super Bowl participants on the road?
good point
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