Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wrap-up: Saints 62, Colts 7
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 62-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:
What it means: Indianapolis remained winless in gigantic fashion, with a performance that likely drove some TV viewers to the World Series. The 0-7 Colts are one of three teams that have not won yet, along with Miami and St. Louis. But the Dolphins and Rams have already had their byes, so they’ve lost six each while the Colts have lost seven.
Just how bad: The 62 points were the most allowed in an NFL game since 1985 and the most allowed in Colts franchise history, topping the 58 Baltimore gave up in Chicago on Oct. 21, 1956. The margin of victory for the Saints was the second-largest ever against the Colts, trailing only a 57-point loss to Chicago in 1962. According to NBC, Drew Brees’ 88.6 completion percentage was the second-highest in history for a quarterback with at least 30 attempts. New Orleans’ 36 first downs tied the record for the most the Colts have surrendered in a game.
Would it have made a difference? Quarterback Curtis Painter just missed receiver Pierre Garcon on a home run ball deep down the middle on the first play from scrimmage, letting it go a touch late against single coverage by Jabari Greer.
First start: Kevin Thomas started at left cornerback ahead of Jacob Lacey. One notable moment was when he was faked out by Lance Moore after a catch, allowing for plenty of yards after the catch. The Colts will likely not be able to judge where Thomas stands off his role in this blowout.
Injury info: Running back Joseph Addai, who made a surprising return from a hamstring injury, did not last very long and tight end Jacob Tamme was checked for a concussion.
What’s next: The Colts travel to Nashville to face the Titans at LP Field. It’s just the second AFC South game of the season for Indianapolis.