Until watching the near surgical dismantling of the league’s number one defense in the New York Jets on Sunday by Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts with their two greatest weapons wideout Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark rendered virtually non-existent, it would have been a no-brainer to say that the New Orleans Saints have more offensive weapons than the Colts. However, after the performance turned in by the tandem of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, it would be wise to rethink that automatic response and conduct some more thorough examination of the offenses as a whole.
The pros on the Saints side of the argument have to begin with their accomplished ground game which is far superior to that of the Colts. New Orleans was 6th in the league in rushing averaging 131.6 yards per game on the ground while Indy was a distant last with just 80.9 a game. That success begins and ends with the personnel in the backfield for the Saints with a stable of backs at their disposal in Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Mike Bell, and Lynell Hamilton the short yardage specialist. Of course it doesn’t hurt the running game that they have the threat of one of the league’s best passers in Drew Brees under center with his own litany of weapons to utilize in
Robert Meachem, Marques Colston, Jeremy Shockey, and Devery Henderson just to name a few.
Indy’s argument certainly has been made stronger by the continued development of both Garcon and Collie as legitimate options for Manning on any down and distance or any position on the field. The Colts proved their versatility last week against the Jets as well when Darrelle Revis basically eliminated Wayne from the football game and all Indy proceeded to do was torch New York with other options as both Garcon and Collie surpassed 100 yards receiving.
In short, this game is a win-win for the spectators and a nightmare for both defensive coordinators. When that much offensive talent in between the lines, there is only so much a defense can do as they hope to slow down these high octane attacks.