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Scouting the Saints 2015 Opponents: Week 7 vs. Colts

Let's dissect each of our opponents this upcoming season.

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The Saints face the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, October 25th - Let’s do some breakdowns ahead of the match-up to get a glimpse of what the Saints are marching into.

Series Matchup All-Time

(Full list here, via The Football Database)

Saints 7 - Colts 5

Last 5 Games

(2011-2012)  Colts 7 - Saints 62

(2009-2010) Colts 17 - Saints 31*

(2007-2008) Colts 41- Saints 10

(2003-2004) Colts 55 - Saints 21

(2001-2002) Colts 20 - Saints 34

Make no mistake, Saints fans - that 62-7 trouncing was against a Curtis Painter/Dan Orlovsky Colts team. If anything, Indy owes us a bit of a friendly nudge for assisting them get Andrew Luck in the 2012 draft. The matchup prior, I think we all know, and each game before that is just a medley of madness.

*Super Bowl XLIV

2014-2015 Colts Totals

(Saints #1 total offense, #31 total defense according to ESPN)

Total Offense #3

Passing/YPG #1

Rushing/YPG #22

Total Defense #11

Passing/YPG #12

Rushing/YPG #18

Projected Depth Charts

Courtesy of Ourlads

Saints

Colts

Offense

QB

Drew Brees

Andrew Luck

Ryan Griffin

Matt Hasselbeck

Garrett Grayson

Bryan Bennett

RB

Mark Ingram

Frank Gore

C.J. Spiller

Dan Herron

Khiry Robinson

Zurlon Tipton

WR

Brandin Cooks

T.Y. Hilton

Marques Colston

Andre Johnson

Brandon Coleman

Phillip Dorsett

TE

Josh Hill

Dwayne Allen

Benjamin Watson

Coby Fleener

LT

Terron Armstead

Anthony Costanzo

LG

Tim Lelito

Louis Lance

C

Max Unger

Khaled Holmes

RG

Jahri Evans

Todd Herremans

RT

Zach Strief

Jack Mewhort

Defense

LDE

Akiem Hicks

Kendall Langford

NT/LDT

John Jenkins

Josh Chapman

NT/RDT

Kevin Williams

RDE

Cam Jordan

Arthur Jones

Sam/LOLB

Hau'oli Kikaha

Erik Walden

Mike/LILB

Stephone Anthony

D’Qwell Jackson

RILB

Jerrell Freeman

Will/ROLB

Dannell Ellerbe

Trent Cole

LCB

Keenan Lewis

Greg Toler

RCB

Brandon Browner

Vontae Davis

NCB

Delvin Breaux

Darius Butler

SS

Kenny Vaccaro

Mike Adams

FS

Jairus Byrd

Dwight Lowery

Special Teams

K

Dustin Hopkins

Adam Vinatieri

P

Thomas Morstead

Pat McAfee

Key Colts

Offense

Andrew Luck (3 x Pro Bowl): Believe it or not, this is the first regular season match-up between the Saints defense and Andrew Luck. Given his abilities and our recent, ahem, struggles, Luck (and some figurative luck) will be Rob Ryan's focal point; with Andrew Luck as Krang and his legion of receivers being his protective mechanical suit. Not only did Luck lead the NFL in passing TDs last season, he also presided over the Colts top-ranked passing offense. This is notable as the Saints have had some woes. The addition of Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett, and Frank Gore this season represent the biggest challenge the Saints defense will have faced to this point in the season.

The Colts entire receiving corps: Usually I'd list the sum of the receivers' accolades, but it's mostly just Andre Johnson (7 x Pro Bowl, 2 x FT All Pro, 2 x ST All Pro). Make no mistake though, the cast also including T.Y. Hilton (1 x Pro Bowl), Donte Moncrief, and rookie Phillip Dorsett (still such an odd 1st round selection, imo) comprises one of the best group of wide outs in the league. PFF's #9 TE Dwayne Allen, a respectable blocker, doesn't make matters easier for our guys. That said, should the Colts use former CFL standout Duron Carter, we might just have a guy that has shut him down in the past ;)

Frank Gore (5 x Pro Bowl, 1 x ST All Pro): The 49ers all-time rushing yards (11,073) and rushing TDs (64) leader, despite being a bit long in the tooth (32), is a significant upgrade from the Colts 2014 RB grab bag of Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Dan Herron, and Zurlon Tipton. Gore, playing behind a superior run blocking offensive line in San Francisco last season, rushed for 81 yards and a TD on 23 attempts against the Saints last season. I do not anticipate Gore getting as much mileage this season as years past, but he still must be respected both between the tackles and in the flat as an outlet for Luck.

Defense

D'Qwell Jackson (1 x Pro Bowl): Like teammate Vontae Davis, D'QJax was voted to his first Pro Bowl in 2014. The veteran inside linebacker, having spent his first 8 seasons in Cleveland, really came on for the Colts last season, racking up 140 total tackles, 4 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries (and a TD).

Vontae Davis (1 x Pro Bowl): Though PFF ranked him the #2 CB from 2014 with a great #2 pass coverage rank and #5 in defense, Davis has only been voted to a single Pro Bowl and has yet to receive even a 2nd team All Pro nod (despite being part of a crowded class of elite CBs). The 27 year old was drafted by the Dolphins out of Illinois in 2009, and since entering the league has accumulated 70 passes defensed and 17 picks (including three 4-pick seasons). In 2014, Davis also notably held opposing QBs to a league-leading 38.8 passer rating when targeted.

TL;DR

The Colts are fielding another eventual HoF QB in Luck, flanked by a deadly cast of receivers and an appreciable upgrade in the backfield. The Colts defense defense has some savvy veterans but, outside of Vontae Davis, no real game changers. Veteran safety Mike Adams and re-signed nickel corner Darius Butler help shore up the secondary somewhat, but I suspect this game is going to be a good old fashioned shoot out between Brees and Luck, and mini-men Cooks and Hilton - And our #1 offense from last year has looked quite formidable so far.

Feedback on depth chart and other bits of information to include in this series is appreciated.