Hey there football fans and welcome to the NFL Down Under ‘Team of the Week’ column for Week 7. As our loyal readers we figured we should hear which team you think played best each week, instead of having us rant and rave in our narrow-minded and subjective ways. Every Tuesday we will send out a Facebook post and tweet, and based on your responses the team with the most mentions will be crowned weekly champion.
THE NFL DOWN UNDER WEEK 7 WINNER IS:
THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-2)Week 6 Result- New Orleans 62 – Indianapolis 7. The Saints essentially had a bye in Week 7 as they trounced a hapless, pathetic and soft Colts outfit. Am I being a tad too harsh in saying that? No. New Orleans was able to take advantage of a woeful Indianapolis defence with 36 first downs and 557 total yards, alongside a score on every drive bar one. It was a shocker, in both senses of the word. Divisional Standing- First in the NFC South, +81 point differential.
Standout Players- Um, Drew Brees. 31/35, 325 yards, five TDs and zero INTs. Yep, Brees had more TDs than incompletions. Every time he touched the ball, you expected at least a first down – if not, a score. Mark Ingram had 91 rushing yards but limped off the field (great, there goes yet ANOTHER fantasy RB…), while Darren Sproles collected 88 yards and a TD and was at his usual best. Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham had four TDs and 152 receiving yards between them too, with Colston registering a blistering one-handed TD grab early in the game following a Colts fumble that really set the tone for the day.
What it Means- The Colts are terrible and have almost secured Andrew Luck (which makes me even MORE angry). I’m sorry, but the game infuriated me as a football fan (reminiscent of the Demons’ 187-point thumping in the AFL this year). It’s not only the players, though - a lot of heat needs to be dumped on the coaches/playcallers too. It also means the Saints’ offence is on fire and will be pretty tough to stop. BUT – their defence still gave up 252 yards to the Colts, including 155 rushing yards. This must be fixed if New Orleans are going to challenge for its second Super Bowl in three years.
Fun Fact- New Orleans (62 points) outscored the Seahawks, Browns, Titans, Raiders, Rams, Ravens and Jacksonville combined (49 points) this week. (Thanks for that one, Paul).
Next week- New Orleans take on the winless and Bradford-less Rams. The line is at 14 points, but I have a feeling that’s going to be blown right out of the water. Final Thought- It's crazy to think one missing player can have such an adverse effect on a team. Sure, there have been a few roster changes. And sure, the missing player is a stellar QB. But the Indianapolis lineup is pretty similar to last year. Am I missing something here? The Colts haven’t won less than 10 games since 2001, so I don’t sympathise with their poor form whatsoever, but I am honestly astonished at how their season has panned out so far.
Reader Speak- "Who was your Team of the Week for Week 7?"
Cameron Allan- "Saints & KC best. Bree's is worry if he stays this hot. Ravens & Raiders were bad but how terrible were the Colts?" Dylan BigBro Romano- "Saints. Brees was clinical."