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Colts And Saints: Still Unbeaten... For Now

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 06:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Torrey LaffoonCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2009

So maybe it wasn’t as exciting of a game as we may have hoped. Certainly no barnburner by any stretch. But the Indianapolis Colts are still unbeaten and appear to have the capacity on both sides of the ball to be able to stay that way.

 In Sunday’s game against the Titans in which they snapped Vince Young and company’s 5 game winning streak, they Colt’s defense was able to keep the one facet of Tennessee’s offense that could have been their demise – Vince Young’s rushing capabilities – under tight constraint. Young only attempted to run with the football 4 times, gaining only 16 yards.

Chris Johnson did his thing, to the tune of 17 carries for 113 yards, and through the air, Young racked up 241 yards while passing to 7 different receivers and collecting two TDs. All around, this was a pretty good showing on offense. So why did the whole game seem to be so one-sided?  For starters, Chris Johnson never found the end zone; and while his totals looked pretty nice on paper – especially for some lucky fantasy owners – he never really had that big play that he is so capable of breaking. His longest rush was for a mere 11 yards.

The Colt’s Offense was going to put up points. Period. The Titans weren’t going to stop that from happening. What they needed to do was create turnovers; and when that didn’t happen, their fate was sealed. The Colt’s protected the ball, and after a few quick scores, were able to eat clock while proceeding to score more.

 Had the Titans been able to move the ball on the ground more effectively, this same scenario could have worked in their favor. Utilizing Johnson’s ability to pick up first downs and keep drives moving could have kept Peyton Manning off the field.  In doing that, they could have been at a more manageable deficit towards the game’s end, if not even closer, and then looked to Vince Young to start making game-winning plays.

 But as it stands now, both teams that were unbeaten after week 12 are still holding that record after week 13. The Saints, who needed an overtime period to decide their game against the Redskins, Play at Atlanta next week; while the Colt’s look ahead to their home game against the Broncos.

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