The New Orleans Saints travel to “the Hoosier state” this Sunday to do battle with the Indianapolis Colts. It is an interesting game for a number of reasons. Both of these squads were picked by football analysts to be playoff participants and Super Bowl contenders.
To date, it appears that neither of these squads will live up to pre-season prognostications. The visiting Saints led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees sport a very disappointing Won-Loss record of 2-4.
The home team Colts, a squad that was picked to compete with the New England Patriots for American Football Conference (AFC) supremacy, have managed to win just three of six games. Their starting quarterback, Andrew Luck, was the top pick in the National Football League (NFL) just a couple of years ago.
Clearly, both of these teams have failed to live up to expectations. But, the current 2015-2016 NFL Season is still young. There are ten games remaining on the schedule (eleven games for squads that have had a bye week) and that leaves lots of time for improvement.
The Saints, after getting off to a terrible start to the new season, have performed better over the past two games while the home team, the Colts, has been “winning ugly.” That is to say it has outscored opponents in half of its games, but has not looked good in those victories. The team’s offense has been spotty and its defense has been inconsistent.
The Colts are favored to prevail in this contest, probably because they are the home team. The truth is, however, that there is currently little to distinguish between these two struggling groups. Drew Brees, at age thirty-six, can still complete passes to any part of the field with amazing accuracy. Andrew Luck can do the same and this younger quarterback also has the ability to escape the clutches of an onrushing defensive end or outside linebacker.
It will be an interesting game to watch because these squads are so well matched that neither one of them deserves to be listed as favorite. Solid quarterback play by Brees or Luck will likely lead one of these quality teams to victory.
At the same time, poor decisions on offense can easily result in turnovers that give either of these teams the advantage and the victory. Fans of the Colts and the team itself began this season with high expectations that have yet to be met. The same is true for the visiting Saints, a squad with a rapidly-closing “window of opportunity” because its star quarterback, Drew Brees, is 36 years old, an age that puts him near the end of his illustrious career.
The pressure to win will be great because the winner will probably get the boost it needs to turn this season into a success. Of course, a loss for either team can put an end to any hope of postseason play.
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