The New Orleans Saints face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy, this week. When I think of the Colts, I think of good times. Most recently, I think of the Saints dropping a franchise record beating on the Colts in 2011, steamrolling them 62-7. Of course, most importantly, the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Colts remains the greatest achievement in Saints franchise history.
When you see that blue horseshoe, how could you not think of warm and wonderful memories. The Colts, unlike their AFC contemporaries in New England and Pittsburgh, are a generally likable franchise franchise as well. There's not a whole lot to have against them, but there's a whole lot to like about securing another memorable victory over our friendly enemies in Indy. Now let's take a look at all of the matchups in Week 7.
Last week I went 7-7
What do I know: Falcons over Saints?!
Thursday, October 22nd - Thursday Night Football
Despite being the most disappointing team in the league this season, Seattle will continue their dominance over their arch-rivals in San Francisco. Seattle wins 20-9.
Sunday, October 25th - Very Early Game - Only available on Yahoo!
The first NFL game to ever be broadcast exclusively via internet streaming, features Buffalo vs Jacksonville from London at 8:30am central time. Of course it would. Bills win in the London rain, 30-19
Sunday, October 25th - Early Games
Buccaneers(2-3) at Redskins(2-4)
This should be ugly football at it finest. Two strong defenses and running games going in the rain and mud at FedEx Field. I'll give the advantage to the home team here, Washington wins a low-scoring contest over Tampa.
Falcons(5-1) at Titans(1-5)
Weather and the Tennessee defense will be major factors in slowing Atlanta down, but the Falcons will squeak out a win on the road.
The NFL's worst passing offense (Minnesota) faces the worst rushing offense (Detroit), thankfully for both teams, they're pretty good at other things. Vikings win behind a solid defensive effort, 20-16.
Kansas City has taken mediocrity to new lows this season, while Pittsburgh continues to rally in Ben Roethlisberger's absence.
Cleveland travels to St. Louis to face the NFL's worst offense, a week after falling in overtime to another poor offense (Denver). This time, the Browns close out the victory.
Miami climbs to .500 with a home victory over Houston, despite their poor quarterback play so far this year.
Jets(4-1) at Patriots(5-0) - Game of the Week
The Jets boast the best defense in the NFL as well as the top rushing attack, led by Chris Ivory, but the Pats have found ways to squeak out victories over the Jets pretty consistently. New England wins at home behind a solid game by Tom Brady and a late field goal.
Saints(2-4) at Colts(3-3)
Although the Saints enter Indianapolis with the NFL's worst defense, Indy isn't much better on defense themselves, ranking just five spots higher. The Saints can win this game, but they are going to have to get far more out of their running game than they did a week ago against Atlanta. They may have gotten much of their intensity and production from playing their rival at home, in primetime, but they should be able to carry over some of that momentum into this game.
The Saints need to find a way to create just enough pressure on Andrew Luck to force some errors. Thankfully, the Colts have one of the weaker offensive lines in the league. Unfortunately, the Saints have offensive line worries of their own. If they can find a way to give Drew Brees enough time in the pocket, he will take advantage of Indy's suspect defense. Saints win their first road game of the season, 31-24.
Sunday, October 25th - Late Games
Philip Rivers will lead San Diego to a close home win over Oakland.
If this game is anywhere close to being as entertaining as their Week 1 matchup, this should be a good one. Giants win this time around, 26-25.
Sunday Night Football
Although Philly has been hitting on all cylinders in recent weeks, Carolina is arguably the hottest team in the league at the moment, and they'll pick up a home victory in this one.
Monday, October 26th - Monday Night Football
Baltimore's surprisingly weak defense will be too much of a liability against the league's most balanced team in Arizona.
That's how I see Week 7 shaping up, hopefully the Saints can make it two wins in a row for the first time this season. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.