New Orleans Saints: Monday Morning Who Dat in Week 8

William TruaxContributor IIIOctober 24, 2011

Jimmy Graham celebrating NBA style after his 2nd touchdown of the night
Jimmy Graham celebrating NBA style after his 2nd touchdown of the nightJamie Squire/Getty Images

As I sat in the Superdome—excuse me the Mercedes-Benz Superdome—watching the Saints dismantle the Colts, I almost started to feel bad for the team formerly known as title contenders.

However, then I remembered the opening game of the 2007 season. The Colts torched Jason David and the Saints, 41-10. Different situations from that year to this one—a win-less Colts team without Peyton Manning—but you get my point.

With the 62-7 shellacking, Indy dropped to 0-7 on the season and New Orleans improved to 5-2. For the Saints, this type of game could not have come at a better time. After a tough loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, the black and gold needed a confidence booster. The Saints received a jolt that could propel them to bigger wins in the future, but the Colts experienced a defeat that will be tough to shake off.

Indianapolis joined an exclusive club on Sunday night: They became only the fourth team since the AFL-NFL merger to give up 62 points in one game. If that was not enough, the 55-point margin on Sunday is the second-highest since the merger.

Drew Brees’ record of 350 passing yards in four straight games and Jimmy Graham’s streak of four straight games with 100 receiving yards may have come to end last Sunday. However, something more important happened on Sunday: The Saints won and took sole possession of the NFC South lead.

New Orleans had themselves a good ole time against the Colts, and I would expect those fun times to continue next week when they play the St. Louis Rams. Will Drew Brees have more TDs than incompletions (31-35 and 5 TDs) next week. Possibly?

Darren Sproles showing some love to the fans after the Saints 62-7 victory on Sunday night
Darren Sproles showing some love to the fans after the Saints 62-7 victory on Sunday nightJamie Squire/Getty Images

The Saints will play a Rams team that has failed to win one game this year. St Louis, which is last place in the daunting NFC West, and New Orleans will face off in the Edward Jones Dome in a game that is destined to be a blow out.

The black and gold have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Both the passing and rushing attack are ranked in the top 10. The Rams are over-matched and outgunned. They have a less than spectacular passing and rushing defense, ranked 23th and 28th, respectfully.

Next week in St. Louis, the Saints have a golden opportunity to continue their winning streak they started when they demolished the Colts, 62-7, and set multiple franchise records along the way.

More importantly, Tom Condon, Brees’ agent, and the Saints' franchise will meet to discuss a contract extension. After Michael Vick got a $100 million contract, the beloved quarterback for the black and gold should get at least that much.

At the conclusion of Sunday, I can only hope the Who Dat Nation has two reasons to celebrate. One being a Saints victory, the other locking up Drew Brees for the remainder of his playing career.