Monday, 24 October 2011 16:28

New Orleans Saints, Colts Play Like Best, Worst Teams In NFL

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"We just got whupped all across the board," said Colts coach, Jim Caldwell,  after Drew Brees passed for five touchdowns to commandeer the NFC South leading Saints to a record 62-7 shellacking of Indianapolis before a sellout crowd in the NBC Sunday Night game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was a game of the "have's" and the "have-nots"

'Man, they scored so much, their fans got tired of cheering," said Colts defensive end Robert Mathis.

The Saints (5-2) tied or set several franchise records. Most notably was the 62 points scored, which shattered the previous Saints record of 51, set on three occasions. The 62 points matches the highest single-game total in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

Brees threw for more touchdowns than incompletions as he was 31-of-35 passing for 325 yards and five touchdowns. He tossed a pair of TDs to WR Marques Colston and TE in Jimmy Graham and one to jack-of-all-trades Darren Sproles. Coltson collected seven catches for 98 yards. Graham had six catches for 54 yards, but had his 100-yards-per game receiving record broken.

RB Mark Ingram got 14 carries and rushed for a career-high 91 yards and a bruising touchdown 20-yard run as he regained his HeismanTrophy form. He suffered a bruised heel late in the game, but X-Rays were negative.

Sproles had a season-high 88 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 16-yard touchdown scoot.

The Saints (5-2) set or tied several franchise records

The 55-point margin of victory was not only a franchise mark (surpassing the 42-point victory over Denver in 1988), but it was the only time since 1989 that any NFL team has won by 50 or more points.

"I was real proud of how we played tonight, how we handled the week of practice," said Saints coach Sean Payton, who coached the game from the coaches booth high above the playing field.  He is recovering from knee surgery and a fractured tibia.

Pierre Thomas rushed 10 times for 57 yards and caught 5 passes for 68 yards.

"We spent a lot of time in the week talking about us, playing our best football. Although we were 4-2, we hadn't done that. We did a good team, as a coaching staff, with our focus on how we were going to play. You have to spend time on an opponent and we did that well.

"One of the components this week that really was announced and for good reason was how were going to handle the game logistically, not just me being in the press box, but how we were calling the plays. A bigger issue is the involvement in the game plan on Monday, the involvement on Tuesday, and then it processes through the week.  I just gave the game ball to Pete Carmichael. He called every play tonight and he was outstanding. He's one of the guys that came in '06. He came from San Diego and he became our quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator. He's completely in tune with what we are doing and more than qualified to call an offensive game, and that was a heck of a first one for him.

"We'll get back in a normal routine this week."

Colston's TD catches covered 14 and  4 yards, Graham's 2 and 4 yards and Sproles' 6 yards. Fullback Jed Collins smashed in from a yard out and CB Leigh Torrence returned an pass interception 42 yards for a TD. Collins wanted to rename the end zones to the Benz-Zones.

LB Jonathan Casillas led the Saints with five total tackles and a sack.

K John Kasay set a single-game franchise mark with eight successful PATs. He kicked field goals of 47 and 23 yards.

The Colts played like they are the worst team in the NFL. Future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning watched the game from the bench.

Saints runners ran wild and receivers ran free.

By the end of the third quarter, many in the deafening crowd of 73,012 had seen enough and the aisles began to fill and the seats to empty.

The Saints scored on their first nine possessions. Brees turned the game over to backup Chase Daniel at the end of the third quarter. The Saints had 557 yards and an average of 7.4 on their 75 snaps. The Saints rushed for 236 yards.

The Saints did not commit a turnover and are now 16-0 under Payton when playing-turnover-free football.

The Saints head to St. Louis next Sunday to oppose the winless Rams.

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Former Colts coach Tony Dungy believes the Colts should take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck if they end up with the No. 1 ever-all pick in the draft.  He believes if they end up with Luck they should trade Peyton Manning.  "Peyton can handle it because he knows it's coming," said Dungy. "I could see him playing as long as he wanted. If it gets to the point where he comes back and plays three or four more years, you can say 'we got Luck, we've got an asset -- we trade Peyton.'"...Parting thought: Always be sincere even if you don't mean it..

By Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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