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62 pickup: Saints have night to remember

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Sunday night’s Saints-Colts game reminded me of last year’s Redskins-Eagles blowout on Monday Night Football.

Playing the role of Mike Vick this year: The entire Saints offense.

The Saints won 62-7 in the Superdome, the most points scored in a game since 1985.  As you would expect, some of the numbers from the game were nutty.

The Saints scored on their first nine possessions.  They had 36 first downs to nine for the Colts.

Drew Brees had more touchdown throws (five) than incompletions.  His 31-for-35 gives him an 89% completion percentage, the second highest all time.  Sean Payton broke the record for earliest head coach hot dog in NFL history.

It’s tempting to say the Colts just aren’t very good and move on, but the Colts have hung around in every game since Week One. They are an NFL team. It’s not like other teams are going to put up 62 points on them.

At their very best, the Saints offense rivals any in the league. Including the Packers and Patriots.

They have three dynamic running backs. Their first round pick Mark Ingram — who suffered a bruised foot late in the game — is probably the third least important back behind Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.

The Saints have a tight end on pace for a record-breaking season. They have four wide receivers who all have different skill sets and know the offense incredibly well. They have two Pro Bowl guards.  They have the biggest homefield advantage among good teams in the NFC.

At 5-2, the Saints aren’t perfect.  But they should get to 6-2 next week against the Rams before heading back to New Orleans for a huge division game against the Bucs.

We still have questions about whether the Saints defense is Super Bowl caliber, but the offense has the pieces to be just as good as it has ever been.

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79 Responses to “62 pickup: Saints have night to remember”
  1. descendency says: Oct 23, 2011 11:48 PM

    I was really hoping for 70. or a record 73.

  2. trbowman says: Oct 23, 2011 11:48 PM

    Mark Ingram is not a dynamic running back. He was outshined by Delone Carter in this game. Ingram is nothing special. It’s heisman hype.

  3. techvet says: Oct 23, 2011 11:50 PM

    The Saints have two losses, just like the Lions. The Saints’ games vs. the Giants, Lions, and Falcons should be interesting.

  4. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:51 PM

    the Colts are pathetic!

  5. packfaninchitown says: Oct 23, 2011 11:51 PM

    I think they could’ve afforded to put Brees’ backup in somewhere around 42-7…

  6. youboettcha says: Oct 23, 2011 11:52 PM

    Does being the third least important running back on a team with three RBs make Mark Ingram the most important?

  7. jjohnson154 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:53 PM

    So that wasn’t a preview of Madden ’13? I thought my XBOX 360 locked up!

  8. johosophat says: Oct 23, 2011 11:53 PM

    I beg to differ that they have the best homefield advantage of the good NFC teams, unless you don’t qualify the Packers as a “good” team.

  9. detroitrollin22 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:54 PM

    @trbowman

    You’re an Idiot

    1. He’s a rookie
    2. He plays on an offense that rotates 3 Rb’s
    3. You hate him because u AINT HIM

  10. mdd913 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:54 PM

    We still have questions about whether the Saints defense is Super Bowl caliber,

    —————————————————————–

    Everyone said this ad nauseum in 2009. Things worked out OK.

    This Saints team has flaws, but so does every team (yes, even the Packers).

  11. beastson says: Oct 23, 2011 11:56 PM

    zzzzz.. it’s the Colts. Nice going NBC.

  12. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: Oct 23, 2011 11:56 PM

    B E A T D O W N.

  13. dvdman123 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:56 PM

    Thanks a lot Bucs……..now you woke up the sleeping giant. The Saints looked REALLY REALLY Halloween scary tonight. The feel sorry for the Rams next week and whoever else they have on their schedule.

  14. geniusfan says: Oct 23, 2011 11:57 PM

    Sorry but the Colts are horrible the Saints are good no doubt but 0-6 is 0-6.

    At this point I’m just glad that the Patriots are in the AFC. The Saints and Packers can score a ton of points but the Packers are a monster and I don’t see anybody in the NFC beating them in the postseason including the Saints.

  15. neovenator250 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:57 PM

    Ingram was really starting to show something before he was injured. His 6.5 yards per carry were starting to increase as the game went along. Ingram is a lot like his old college team. As the game goes along, he gets better, especially with the way the Saints keep him fresh. The real reason he hasn’t been producing is that the Saints usually give him carries in obvious run situations and short yardage plays where the defenses are stacking 8 or 9 in the box. As the season gets further along, Ingram will only get better.

  16. cincybert says: Oct 23, 2011 11:58 PM

    The Saints play the Rams next week after putting 62 on the board in one game. The Rams have scored 56 points all year. Should be a good match up.

  17. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 23, 2011 11:59 PM

    Madden ’12 style.

  18. iknowitallandmore says: Oct 24, 2011 12:01 AM

    Face it, this was an absoltely pathetic performance by an NFL team. Totally unacceptable to be beaten down so badly.
    Manning is gone, welcome to Indianapolis Mr. luck

  19. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 24, 2011 12:01 AM

    Hey NBC, please work it out in 2012 somehow where flex scheduling starts earlier in the year. K? thnx

  20. belicheckyoself says: Oct 24, 2011 12:01 AM

    If this were a Pats game there’d be over 100 responses, most of them Jets fans crying about running up the score.
    If this were a Packers game there’d be over 100 points.

  21. ecotec22 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:05 AM

    Fail. Check your facts. This was the exact score of the Dolphins vs. Jaguars playoff game in January, 2000.

  22. trbowman says: Oct 24, 2011 12:07 AM

    I watch a ton of the SEC and I’ve seen a ton of Bama.

    Mark Ingram ran behind one of the best offensive lines in the country. There’s nothing special about his game, though. It’s heisman hype and nothing more. Trent Richardson is so superior, it’s not even funny.

    Seriously – he’s not a pass catcher, not a bulldozer and not a speedster. Guy can hit a hole and that’s about it. Nothing that separates him from the average back.

  23. trbowman says: Oct 24, 2011 12:10 AM

    “You’re an Idiot

    1. He’s a rookie
    2. He plays on an offense that rotates 3 Rb’s
    3. You hate him because u AINT HIM”

    1. That excuse doesn’t fly for running backs. No position makes an impact more immediately.
    2. And he’s been outproduced y oth of them. 3.4 YPC coming into tonight’s game. Running against a miserale Colts defense without Drake Nevis isn’t going to impress me.
    3. Doesn’t even merit a response

    I guarantee I’ve seen more of Ingram than you have.

  24. dvdman123 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:12 AM

    geniusfan says:
    Oct 23, 2011 11:57 PM
    Sorry but the Colts are horrible the Saints are good no doubt but 0-6 is 0-6.

    At this point I’m just glad that the Patriots are in the AFC. The Saints and Packers can score a ton of points but the Packers are a monster and I don’t see anybody in the NFC beating them in the postseason including the Saints.

    The Packers are 6-0 but they are beatable and can be beaten. They are far from a “monster” team. Tonight you saw the only team in my opinion that has the offense to beat them and if you gave them truth serum they would probably admit it.

  25. FurtherSeemsFasano says: Oct 24, 2011 12:13 AM

    Whenever they showed the sideline, Jim Caldwell looked like someone watching a foreign movie that they didn’t understand.

    Colts are giving the Dolphins some competition for the #1 pick.

  26. richm2256 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:18 AM

    Todd Haley will refuse to shake Sean Payton’s hand next time he sees him.

  27. heeeeelzfan says: Oct 24, 2011 12:19 AM

    I’ve been a Colts fan for over 40 years. Caldwell should be fired tomorrow. I was at the game, 25 rows up behind the Colts’ bench, 50-yard line. Caldwell never made any attempt to talk to his players, go over to the benches and get with the defensive line, offensive line, etc. He was, for lack of a better word, stoic. Uninspiring is what I call it. He’s a joke. He couldn’t win at Wake Forest and he can’t win in the NFL. And why did he decide to PUNT late in the game, down 48 points? “Suck for Luck” may help, but not with this idiot coaching them.

  28. finsrule2222 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:22 AM

    as a dolphins fan. (unfortunately)
    i clearly remember a 62-7 beatdown in the playoffs by the jacksonville jaguars in 1999.
    marinos last game…

    if my math is correct 1999 was the last time a team put up 62 points. not 1985

  29. geniusfan says: Oct 24, 2011 12:30 AM

    NBC looks really bad giving us this game on top of Minnesota and Chicago last week.

    They need to work out some sort of flex option for earlier in the year.

    I’m a football fan first and foremost and I want to watch a good football game.

    All NFL fans deserve better than this.

  30. nj22 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:32 AM

    Games like this make me happy that Payton got his leg broke last week! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Well I guess if it happened to Schwartz that would be pretty cool too!

  31. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 24, 2011 12:32 AM

    The Colts are just awful. I want them to win a game or two, though, because I do NOT want the Colts to have the first pick of the draft. Give it to the Dolphins.

  32. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 24, 2011 12:34 AM

    The Colts should just change their team name to Computer Set To Easy Mode.

  33. dirtynastyfootballchick says: Oct 24, 2011 12:36 AM

    Do I feel bad….No Way. After taking so much crap from these haters they get what they deserve. They have to be the most unorganized team and mismanaged in the NFL. Never, expect for Vinnerteri, do they participate in free agency. WHAT? Unheard in today’s NFL. They only set themselves up for failure. It is Manning that is the Colts. NOTHING ELSE but Manning. As a Patriots fan you can say all you want about them, I could care less. When Brady went down a few years ago they put in a backup QB who never threw a football in college and Belichick put him in and we ended up 11-5, though never made the playoffs, odd but true. So finally the Colts show their real selves…no talent. How embarrassing they are and I can’t wait to they come to Gillette and get their dues. I wouldn’t put it pass them to put in Manning in that….Pathetic.

  34. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:43 AM

    @trbowman

    Get out of here with that college football talk. As soon as I see ‘I watch’ and a college football conference, nearly all credibility is lost.

    NFL Football is a different sport compared to the SEC, I don’t care how ‘good’ the conference is. Ingram got it done there, and he’s getting it done in a league that matters, too.

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 24, 2011 12:49 AM

    Whats with all the Ingram hate from trbowman? You routinely come on here knocking the guy, did he do something to you? Steal your girlfriend or something?
    You’re obsessed.

  36. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:52 AM

    I love football like cooked food, but there was no way in he’ll I was watching that game.

    Colts games should be blacked out nationwide. That team is the worst team in history…only because they’re trying to lose.

  37. diablito0402 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:57 AM

    What a bunch of classless fools, i guess thats swamp football to run up the score like that,,

  38. CaJonMcChicken says: Oct 24, 2011 1:04 AM

    Was it just me or did it seem like the Saints were running the score up on the Colts? Why is there no backlash against them for it? Oooh because they are not the Patriots!

  39. tommytd says: Oct 24, 2011 1:22 AM

    Hey hapless Colts. Better sit your starters down so you can rest them for the playoffs. I have a hard time feeling sorry for you guys.

  40. zammael says: Oct 24, 2011 1:22 AM

    Clearly, this proves that Peyton Manning should be league MVP without playing a minute.

  41. axespray says: Oct 24, 2011 1:28 AM

    sean payton should just make himself at home in that booth…. 62 points!?!?!?

    ….must have been eating some really good hotdogs up there.

  42. detroitrollin22 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:34 AM

    @trbowman

    “Guy can hit a hole and that’s about it.”

    That’s all a RB needs to be able to do.

    Besides a select few RBs in the league, most of the backs cant do everything. Hence the reason for special situation backs (3rd down backs, pass blocking backs, short yardage backs)

  43. phelbin says: Oct 24, 2011 1:36 AM

    I knew Peyton Manning’s absence would kill the Colts’ offense, but I had no idea it would kill their defense too. Suck for Luck, baby!

  44. teflonjon says: Oct 24, 2011 1:36 AM

    Is it possible for Peyton Manning to win MVP in absentia? They’re a perennial playoff team with him and an absolute joke without him with the exact same roster.

  45. dannymac17 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:00 AM

    I mean, is the gap between having Manning and not having him so huge that it created a once 13 win team to not even getting one win?

    These Colts look like the Detroit Lions

    Its Dan Orlovskys fault.

  46. koolbreeze7 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:03 AM

    Da SAINTS are da SHIZNIT!!!

  47. oaktown49er says: Oct 24, 2011 2:18 AM

    Drew Brees played lights out but I came out this game thinking..damn Peyton Manning is amazing, the Colts are nothing without him

  48. dennis2488 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:55 AM

    the team was built around one guy. when that one guy is missing they are the worst team in the nfl.

  49. mdd913 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:56 AM

    Was it just me or did it seem like the Saints were running the score up on the Colts? Why is there no backlash against them for it? Oooh because they are not the Patriots!

    ——————————————————

    Brees left well before QB’s usually do in that situation. The Saints ran the ball straight up the middle for most of the second half. 38 rushing attempts IN ONE HALF and all the backups were in. Head coach was eating a damn hot dog in the middle of the game. What should they have done? Started pulling people out of the crowd to play? Punt on 1st down?

  50. kernelreefer says: Oct 24, 2011 3:18 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I can tell you right now:

    No such thing as “running up the score.” When you have the lead, take it, and hold on to it, ANY WAY YOU CAN.

    Sincerely,
    disgruntled

  51. fmwarner says: Oct 24, 2011 3:19 AM

    diablito0402 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:57 AM

    What a bunch of classless fools, i guess thats swamp football to run up the score like that,,

    CaJonMcChicken says: Oct 24, 2011 1:04 AM

    Was it just me or did it seem like the Saints were running the score up on the Colts? Why is there no backlash against them for it? Oooh because they are not the Patriots!
    ==================================

    It’s not their fault the Colts can’t tackle or cover anybody. Are they supposed to kneel on the ball in the third quarter?

    BTW, “classless” is the most misused and overused word on PFT.

  52. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 24, 2011 3:53 AM

    All this talk about the Saints running up the score sounds like a bunch of whiny, ugly girls complaining about the hot chick that wore a sexy dress.
    Get off it.

  53. mrconnors says: Oct 24, 2011 3:59 AM

    No whining about running up the score yet, we’ll see what happens when the Patriots play the Colts this season.

  54. r8erswilldebacleyou says: Oct 24, 2011 4:33 AM

    Manning is the greatest QB in NFL history.

    But, Dungy had already been running the Colts into the ground before Caldwell got his inept hands on them. Their schemes are horrible. They have about 8 different offensive plays. Painter, a “professional QB”, can’t even call a play and their defense is predictable.

  55. jacktumlinson says: Oct 24, 2011 5:17 AM

    running up the score? So i guess they should have taken a knee on every possession in the second half. If they wanted to run up the score they would have score a 100. They was just playing their game. Not their fault the Colts can’t stop a nosebleed. Get rid of that crappy cover 2. Teams know how to attack it. You need a good tight end and a good receiving running back to exploit the middle of the field and the Saints have that. Also you need good corners to cover the receivers and the Colts don’t have those either. Scoring on just about every drive is what teams try to do. They didn’t run trick plays, do onside kicks or nothing like that. They just lined up and ran plays. Get a clue. As far as no one in the NFC beating the Pats I think the Saints can and Green Bay can. Hell, if the Giants can I know the Saints and Green Bay Packers can. The Pats are not the same since they couldn’t videotape the opposing teams anymore. Notice after they got caught doing that they haven’t won a Super Bowl since.

  56. mmcdan13 says: Oct 24, 2011 5:52 AM

    damnyoulinelliot says:Oct 24, 2011 12:01 AM

    Hey NBC, please work it out in 2012 somehow where flex scheduling starts earlier in the year. K? thnx

    ——————————————————-
    Why, so we could have gotten the Titans-Texans game for first place in the AFC South, and another beatdown. No guarantees, you can only hope for the best.

  57. tdrundmc says: Oct 24, 2011 6:47 AM

    yeah way to run up the score on a really bad football team..the saints and their qb captain check down are nothing special.

  58. canjura says: Oct 24, 2011 7:17 AM

    I dont understand why people are complaining about “running up the score”. These are both PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS (Well, the only reason the Colts qualify is because they’re getting paid to play), if you get your feelings hurt when a team scores tons of points, STOP THEM. I don’t want to hear how the Saints are classless for scoring especially considering Brees didnt play the whole 4th quarter. I mean, what would happen if the Saints pulled Brees at half and the Colts came back (miracles do happen) and won.Then we’d be complaining why didn’t they keep the foot on the pedal and why this team is so soft.

  59. hireclixscott says: Oct 24, 2011 7:49 AM

    Peyton Manning is not the MVP. Bill Polian deserves a lot of blame for not having a competent back up in place for Manning. This comes down to executive management and coaching. Both poor. They road the Manning horse until it was dead without having anyone else in the stable. Awful. Plus, the Saints did run up the score, but the D has to stop them. No whining. These are paid professionals. Anyone who whines about running up the score in the NFL should stick to HS football.

  60. drednot says: Oct 24, 2011 7:52 AM

    How come none of these “talking heads” aren’t talking about this game? If the Patriots, Saints, Jets, Steelers (we did when the Ravens hammered them) or Packers lost this bad we’d hear it for a month!! I understand no Manning, but he doesn’t play D.

  61. nesuperfan says: Oct 24, 2011 7:52 AM

    descendency says:Oct 23, 2011 11:48 PM

    I was really hoping for 70. or a record 73.
    __________________________________

    There have been a few games over the years, where a number of teams could have beaten this record, and last night was one of them. Despite the score, they choose not to run it up even more.

    Had they kept Brees in there for another quarter, and kept throwing, does anyone believe they would not have passed 73 points?

  62. nesuperfan says: Oct 24, 2011 7:54 AM

    For the record, I don’t have any problems with the score, or “running it up”, despite the negative connotations some people attach to that phrase.

    I think they just played hard to 3 quarters, and because the score was so out of reach, only then did they let up. It really is to be expected that a pro team would not stop playing after the half.

  63. rpiotr01 says: Oct 24, 2011 8:16 AM

    Why was Peyton having Brees sling it the entire game? Bad juju for teams to run up the score like that.

  64. woodyc says: Oct 24, 2011 9:01 AM

    Let’s keep this game in perspective; the Colts are awful this year without Peyton Manning. Come back and talk to us when the Saints can put a spanking like this on a good team like the Packers.

  65. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Oct 24, 2011 9:03 AM

    @belicheckyoself

    Could not agree more. I love it when haters are to stupid to be consistent enough to at least mask their hate on some level. Frauds. Patriots hating frauds.

  66. polishrod says: Oct 24, 2011 9:05 AM

    mmcdan13 says:
    Oct 24, 2011 5:52 AM
    damnyoulinelliot says:Oct 24, 2011 12:01 AM

    Hey NBC, please work it out in 2012 somehow where flex scheduling starts earlier in the year. K? thnx

    ——————————————————-
    Why, so we could have gotten the Titans-Texans game for first place in the AFC South, and another beatdown. No guarantees, you can only hope for the best.

    ———————

    At least that game meant something. This game was a dog from the minute Peyton went down

  67. spharrgcs says: Oct 24, 2011 9:28 AM

    Nothing at all was gained by subjecting the general public to a public flogging such as what the Saints did to a pitiful and embarrassing Colts team. NBC will definitely want to revisit the flex option and try to foresee a mismatch like that a little bit sooner in the season. There were plenty of better games on the table for such a high-ratings program to showcase. I’m sure baseball was happy though.

  68. 20bust11 says: Oct 24, 2011 9:58 AM

    At this point I’m just glad that the Patriots are in the AFC. The Saints and Packers can score a ton of points but the Packers are a monster and I don’t see anybody in the NFC beating them in the postseason including the Saints.

    The Saints were outplayed by the Packers in their 1st game of the season, at Lambeau, and still had a shot at winning that game. They were in scoring position, but came up 1 play short. The Saints defense is clearly improving, and with their offense doing whatever they want, whenever they want, I doubt the Packers are happy they’re in the NFC. The Tampa game, in Tampa, was won by the referees. Between non-calls, and terrible calls, Tampa was literally handed a gift. Anyone who saw that game knows that. The Saints play Tampa again in 2 weeks. They will meet Green Bay again at the end of the season. They will get to rectify both losses. If the Saints are fortunate, they will get to play the worst defense in the NFL, in Indianapolis.

  69. philyeagles5 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:19 AM

    thats weird. i had no idea Peyton played defense too.

  70. musicman495 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:44 AM

    CaJonMcChicken says: Oct 24, 2011 1:04 AM

    Was it just me or did it seem like the Saints were running the score up on the Colts?
    —————————————-
    It was just you. Brees sat out the whole fourth quarter, and they rarely if ever called a pass play after that. You can’t blame the Saints that the Colts can’t stop anybody.

    Saints ran over the Colts like a Mayflower van in the middle of the night.

  71. ejrunabout says: Oct 24, 2011 11:46 AM

    I guess the Saints could have instructed the running backs in 4th quarter to just walk or skip, but absolutely no running.

  72. 1historian says: Oct 24, 2011 11:48 AM

    this game was the long overdue kharmic payback for the irsay family. And from the looks of it’s just the beginning, and in that (almost) brand new $1,000,000,000 + indoor stadium the irony is delicious.

    This game is on the record of the indianapolis colts. It is NOT on the record of the BALTIMORE COLTS.

    Mr. Manning – I say this out of respect – please hang it up NOW. At your age and with your family medical history you should NOT play any more. You don’t owe the fans anything, you don’t owe the irsay family anything, but you do owe YOUR family a husband and father who can walk around.

    I (and millions of other fans) would HATE to see you sitting in a wheelchair when you deliver your HOF acceptance speech.

  73. 1historian says: Oct 24, 2011 11:52 AM

    musicman495 – your 10:44 post

    good one. Thanks.

    It’s the job of the offense to score, it’s the job of the defense to stop them.

    That’s why they get the big bux.

  74. chas88 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:25 PM

    Even if Peyton was playing, the Saints still would have put up 62 points. Sure, the Colt’s score probably would have been higher, but it doesn’t mean anything when your defense can’t stop anyone. Peyton only masked the Colt’s huge, glaring problems. With or without him this year, the Colts still wouldn’t have been very good.

  75. 46defense says: Oct 24, 2011 1:12 PM

    Didn;t the Jaguars score 62 in the playoffs in the late 90′s early 00′s?

  76. materialman80 says: Oct 24, 2011 2:04 PM

    I know, it’s the Colts and they suck, but the Saints were really clicking last night! If I was Manning, I would never come back.

  77. dukemarc says: Oct 24, 2011 2:49 PM

    Stay classy ‘Aints, just like your gimpy coach….

  78. jacktumlinson says: Oct 24, 2011 6:26 PM

    rpiotr01 says:Oct 24, 2011 8:16 AM

    Why was Peyton having Brees sling it the entire game? Bad juju for teams to run up the score like that

    Guess Peyton did that to show how horrible the Colts are without him. But somehow I doubt he called any of the Saints plays. PAYTON, who is the Saints coach and not the Colts quarterback, didn’t call any of the plays either. That was our offensive cordinator who called the plays. And the weird part is that this is the first game he has ever called plays in a game. If PAYTON would have called plays it would have been a higher score somehow.

  79. goawayeverybody says: Oct 24, 2011 7:49 PM

    “third least important”

    I hate to break this to you, but in a field of three, the third least important running back is the most important. Did you mean “third most important”?

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