For the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday’s game can’t get here soon enough. For the New Orleans Saints, they probably wouldn’t mind waiting awhile longer to savor a Thursday night win against their biggest rival – the Atlanta Falcons.
For the Colts, they’d like to forget about a seventh straight loss to their biggest rival – The New England Patriots – and move beyond the embarrassment of the “mistake fake,” which will live forever in the annals of NFL Bloopers. A victory over the saints would accelerate that process.
Both Andrew Luck and Drew Brees looked largely recovered from recent shoulder problems in their last outings, but while Luck figures to have a running game to take some of the pressure off him statistics say Brees won’t be so fortunate.
The Saints are 31st in the league running the ball and are 30th in the league defending the run. Ageless Frank Gore will probably get frequent opportunities and probe a Saints defense that surrendered 100 yards to the Falcons Devonte Freeman, who averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
The Colts have won 16 Straight games in the toothless AFC South where they are virtually guaranteed six wins a year. At 3-and-3 they still enjoy sole possession of first place in the division, but with 5-and-0 Carolina and 6-and-0 Denver next up, a loss to the Saints could contribute to a four-game losing streak.
The Saints will be trying to build on their recent success and enjoy their first winning streak of the season. The Colts figure to enjoy the opportunity to atone for – if not erase – the memory of one spectacular failure in an otherwise impressive performance.
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