The and week seven matchup was supposed to be one of the premiere games on the 2011 NFL schedule. When the game was scheduled nobody expected the Colts to be sitting at 0-6. like many fans expected. The Colts will still be without and the Saints will play the game with . Peyton and Payton have huge impact on their teams and luckily for the Saints, their Payton will be in his normal role on Sunday.
The game was expected to be a rematch of Super Bowl XLIV between two of the best teams in the NFL. Now the Colts are amongst the worst teams in the league and the Saints are right where everyone expected them to be. While the Colts are currently 0-6, they have been in contention in nearly every game.
For the Colts to win in New Orleans they will need to play their best game yet and play much better defense than they have in their last few losses. The Colts have had troubled slowing down opposing offenses and and the Saints are the best offense the team has faced yet. Brees has too many weapons for the Colts to sit back in a zone and allow Brees to pick them apart. If the Colts don’t get big games out of and the defense could be in for a long day.
The Colts offense is surely capable of moving the ball on the Saints defense but will need to turn drives into seven points if they want any chance of winning. This is the game in which coach Jim Caldwell needs to play unconventional and be more daring. If the Colts face a fourth down he needs to go for it. The Colts should have trick plays and onside kicks ready. They will need every bit of help they can get against the Saints.
For Colts fans hoping for payback after the Super Bowl loss, this will not be the week to get it. The Colts simply are not good enough and are not the same team without Peyton Manning. Before Manning’s surgery this was the one game on the schedule that I circled when the 2011 schedule was released. While I will still be cheering for my team, the Colts stand very little chance in this game.
Prediction: Saints 34, Colts 13
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.
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