On the second day of Christmas, ESPN gave to me two unbeaten teams. Only two seasons after the New England Patriots finished the regular season unbeaten, there are two teams that could potentially do the same.
Led by Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints have quietly started the season 13-0. They have not had as much recognition as the Indianapolis Colts. They have also been overshadowed by the emerging Minnesota Vikings with Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson.
This team has a great offense led by Brees throwing to Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, and Robert Meachem. Brees is helped by having Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush in the backfield.
Will the New Orleans Saints drop one of the last three games? They play Dallas on Saturday Night Football at home. Dallas has been struggling of late, losing to Green Bay, the New York Giants, and San Diego. They also squeaked by the Washington Redskins.
The other two games, the Saints host Tampa Bay and travel to Carolina. Tampa Bay has only won one game all season and continues to struggle. Carolina has been up and down all season, winning five so far.
The other unbeaten team is the flashy Indianapolis Colts. This may be an even better team than the Colts that won the Super Bowl in 2007.
The Colts are led by Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Joseph Addai. Most impressively this season, however, is their ability to come back and not go away.
The Jaguars and Jets are arguably fighting for the playoffs. Those could be a couple tough games.
Everyone that plays the Saints and Colts will be looking to be that team that gives them a loss. Every game they play will be tough.
The Saints have to keep pace with the Vikings to get homefield throughout the playoffs. The Colts have already clinched homefield.
Regardless, both teams are going to decide between playing for the unbeaten season or playing for the postseason. Do they rest their starters and risk a loss? Or, do they keep the starters in as long as possible and maybe have an injury?
It will be an interesting end to a very good NFL season.