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    Colts 41 Saints 10

    I haven't seen much discussion about this game. What did everyone think?

    The Colts looked pretty impressive. The offense was no surprise, but if that defense keeps it up...

    Plus, you've got to appreciate how Peyton Manning plays QB. I thought Tony Ugoh struggled at times, but Peyton is so good he hides some of those flaws...he and Brady don't get enough credit for how much they help their o-lines, IMO. I really think the elite defensive teams the Colts play will find ways to exploit Ugoh until he comes into his own...Baltimore, New England, San Diego...you better believe those teams will come with something. But, that's to be expected...the guy is a rookie. He's got good potential and by season's end, I expect him to be much better.

    I never expected the Saints offense to be held without a TD...they have to be very dissappointed in their performance.

    And, Bob Sanders...how good is this guy? If it's his presence that changes the Colts from a defense that gives up 200 yards rushing into the Steel Curtain, then he has to be the best safety in football. How can I come to any other conclusion? It's funny because the announcers seem to give Sanders all the credit for the Colts run D, yet when they talk about premiere safeties is Polamalu, Reed, Williams, etc, with no mention of Sanders...if he's that good, then he should be considered one of, if not the best safeties in the league.

    I was pretty impressed by the Colts. I didn't expect the defense to look that stout.
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    In my mind Colts just passed NE as Super Bowl favorites. Just flat out impressive

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    The Saints folded in the 2nd half and te Colts played pretty well. Not a lot else to say. I have to believe Brees and Bush have better days ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malachicrunch
    In my mind Colts just passed NE as Super Bowl favorites. Just flat out impressive
    It's really hard to consider someone a favorite. Indy, New England and San Diego...with Baltimore knocking on the door if their offense improves and gets consistent.

    If the Pats stay healthy, they're still my pick. Don't let an impressive win over the Saints make you forget that the Pats greatly improved a team that blew an 18 point lead against the Colts in last year's AFC title game, and still almost won. The AFC is brutal...after those teams get through each other, the Super Bowl is a piece of cake.

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    Colts looked very good. We all knew that they were going to score but that defense is better than ever. They just took apart what many are saying could be a super bowl contender in N.O. and made them look bad. Imo it is always tough for anyone to repeat but that showing last night was impressive and looked like they very well could repeat.

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    Can you say repeat?

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    I remember the broadcasters saying Indy was the second youngest team in the NFL. Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5wide
    It's really hard to consider someone a favorite. Indy, New England and San Diego...with Baltimore knocking on the door if their offense improves and gets consistent.

    If the Pats stay healthy, they're still my pick. Don't let an impressive win over the Saints make you forget that the Pats greatly improved a team that blew an 18 point lead against the Colts in last year's AFC title game, and still almost won. The AFC is brutal...after those teams get through each other, the Super Bowl is a piece of cake.

    You're right the AFC is brutal. It doesn't matter how good you are in week 1 it matters how good you are at teh end of they year.

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    Salsberry on ESPN is still trying to say New England is going to win the Super Bowl. I think he needs to be committed.

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    I said in the prediction thread that I had doubts about the Saints, so this outcome is not that surprising to me. Therefore, I'm not ready to hand the Lombardy Trophy over to Indianapolis either. As far as I'm concerned, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swforever
    Salsberry on ESPN is still trying to say New England is going to win the Super Bowl. I think he needs to be committed.
    Are you kidding me? Why would anyone be ridiculed for picking the Pats and then standing by that pick after the Colts played great in the season opener and the Pats haven't even played yet...

    ...shall I remind you again that the Pats vastly improved a team that blew an 18 point lead at Indianapolis last January, or else, we'd be listening to Colts fans say, "This is the year the Peyton gets over the hump."

    Trust me, if they get and stay healthy, the Patriots will give Indy all they want, and then some, IMO...and Salisbury is right, they're still the team to beat as far as I'm concerned.

    Give me a team that added Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte' Stallworth, Adalius Thomas, Brandon Merriweather, and has a second year running back who will upgrade that position now that he's the main guy...tell me that they blew an 18 point lead against the defending Super Bowl champs on the road and barely lost the game...sorry, but you can committ me as well. I'll take the Patriots when it really matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat
    I said in the prediction thread that I had doubts about the Saints, so this outcome is not that surprising to me. Therefore, I'm not ready to hand the Lombardy Trophy over to Indianapolis either. As far as I'm concerned, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC.


    I agree. I think the Saints will win the NFC South and be a Super Bowl contender. But, being a Super Bowl contender in the NFC is misleading, IMO...it doesn't mean you have a realistic chance of winning the big game, it just means you have a chance to get there. The NFC's elite are more on par with the AFC's wild cards and just miss playoff teams...there is a big drop from the AFC's elite to the rest of the NFL, IMO.

    I would caution Colts fans (and teams of any fans) not to get too carried away with the first couple of games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat
    As far as I'm concerned, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC.

    That sounds like they are the defending champs.

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    I think the Colts are the team to beat. New England might be the best team on paper right now, but the Colts just passed test #1 by dismantling the (last year's) second best NFC team. There is still alot of time and it will eventually be settled on the field...

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    New England is no stranger to the Super Bowl so I know they can get there, I just think Indy is showing everything it takes early on to repeat. Trust me I would much rather the Pats win it myself, I was the only person in a room of 30 last year that wanted the Bears to win I will always root against them.

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