Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints: Why the Colts Are Being Overlooked

Luis BatlleContributor IOctober 23, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09:  Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to the bench during the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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According to the most recent odds from, the New Orleans Saints are currently 14-point favorites over quarterback Curtis Painter and the Indianapolis Colts, odds that fail to give the Colts the credit they are due.

For one, coming into this matchup, Painter and his Colts offense has began to find a promising rhythm and is producing more effectively than they were to start the year. Over the last two weeks the Colts have combined for 41 points.

Also, not to mention, in the team's last game, the Colts would be down 20-7 before Painter rallied them back in the second half to end up falling 27-17 in the end, as the Bengals would score a late-game touchdown to lock up the win.

A big reason this offense has gotten into a groove has been the top-notch play of wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon has a team-high 472 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Over the last three weeks, Garcon has put up 323 yards and has recorded all four of his touchdowns.

Another factor to consider in this matchup from the Colts side of things is the fact that this team has had arguably the most difficult schedule of any team in the NFL. All six teams the Colts have played are currently at least .500 teams, which means the Colts have had to play winning teams and really have not gotten a chance to catch a break.

Then one must consider the play of the New Orleans Saints. Although Drew Brees and his Saints are 4-2 on the season, the Saints have had the luxury of already facing two sub-.500 teams through the first six games of the regular season; unlike the Colts who have yet to face one.

There also is the lingering fact that the Saints come into the game fresh off of a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what, to most, should have been an easy win for the team. Three interceptions thrown by Brees would ultimately cost the team the game.

If the Indianapolis Colts can get after Brees with their explosive defensive line and solid secondary play, then the Colts could make this game tougher than it looks to be on paper. The Colts can create turnovers, as they have forced nine this season and forced a fourth-best seven fumbles to go along with seven fumble recoveries on the year.

Will the Colts steal this game from the Saints? More than likely, they won't. Yet to have these Colts as a 14-point underdog is certainly unwarranted, as they are without question being overlooked in this matchup.