Final Score: Saints 27, Colts 21
October 25, 2015
Mixed in with the Week 7 Sunday schedule in the NFL, we had an interesting matchup between the Saints and Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. New Orleans was coming off an encouraging win over the Falcons way back on the 15th, while Indianapolis fell to the Patriots in Week 6. Both teams had been up and down in the early part of the season and were looking to put up a well-rounded outing. Neither can come away too happy here, however.
Let’s check out a few of the notable players and stats from this one so that we can see why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 8 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Early on, it was all Saints as they completely blew the Colts off their own field. Indianapolis’ first-half possessions ended on a punt, a punt, an interception, a punt, a punt and finally one more interception which blew the chance at a field goal.
Meanwhile, New Orleans did all the scoring. Khiri Robinson bagged a 1-yard TD in the first quarter, and a 6-yard TD in the second. Michael Hoomanawanui would snag a 16-yard TD pass from Drew Brees (kick failed) for the third touchdown of the first half, ending in a 20-0 Saints edge at the break.
After the half, the Saints would build their lead to 27-0 on a 1-yard Mark Ingram run. That probably got most Colts fans to shut their televisions off, but Indy showed some late life with an 87-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. The duo would follow that up a short time later with another long TD, this one from 46 yards out.
In the fourth, things got interesting when Luck nailed Donte Moncrief for an 8-yard pass TD, but that’s the last scoring either team would do.
The Saints would come away with a sketchy 27-21 victory, and it’s crazy to think it ended up so close after such a dominant first half.
The Stars: This one was a story of two halves, with the Saints dominating the first so thoroughly it carried them the rest of the way. Ingram would finish with 143 yards and a TD, while Brandin Cooks posted 81 yards on six grabs.
On the other side, Hilton put up 150 yards and his two scores, doing all his damage in the second half.
The Goats: The Colts were simply horrid in the first half: Luck threw two picks and the return team coughed up a fumble. They were just 3-of-13 on third downs and held the ball for just 21:37. The offense could only muster 15 first downs to the Saints’ 22. Were it not for a couple of big plays, they’d have been thoroughly blown out.
New Orleans’ penalties deserve mention here as well: they were flagged a dozen times for 100 yards.
Injuries: Colts WR Phillip Dorsett took a nasty shot during the second quarter after a catch. He’d have to come out of the game.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 8, the Saints will be at home against the incoming Giants on Sunday, Nov. 1 (1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Meanwhile, the Colts will visit the Panthers on “Monday Night Football” November 2 (8:30 PM ET on ESPN).
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