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Colts and Saints are NFL's teams to beat

Pro Sports

Kabir Gulati

Issue date: 11/20/09 Section: Sports
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Who is better? The Colts or the Saints? They are two teams that we could be definitely seeing in the Super Bowl come February (especially due to Bill Belichick's decision Sunday night) and they are both undefeated. But who is the more complete team as we pass the halfway point of the season?

I believe it has to be the Saints' who are more poised to not only finish the season 16-0, but raise the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year. Though Drew Brees has been found to be mortal this year (seven interceptions in the last four games), they have still found a way to win, especially when down heading into the second half.

Peyton Manning has been the QB he has always been for the Colts. He is to Indianapolis what LeBron James is to the Cavs. Without them, their teams would be garbage. What really sets apart the two teams are the injuries. The Colts secondary is depleted and hurting especially due to the loss of Bob Sanders, their best defensive player.

If history has taught us something, it might serve better for their success that a team lose one before the playoffs. But one thing is for certain: these two teams will be there.

Now some fantasy advice for the upcoming week:

Quarterback

JaMarcus Russell - OAK Raiders: Just kidding. I would really hope none of you had him on your team. This guy is a garbage quarterback.

Matthew Stafford - DET Lions - He is probably not owned in many leagues, but he is facing a porous Browns defense this week and they are hungry for a win No. 2. In a battle of the big uglies, Stafford's strong arm and young, talented weapons will prove to be too much for Cleveland. I expect at least three TDs, one INT and 280 yards. A very respectable day for any starting QB.

Running Back

Reggie Bush - NO Saints: He is not an every-down back. He is not a starting running back. I don't know how he hasn't been termed a bust. But Reggie Bush somehow gets to the end zone, scoring five TDs in the past five games. Maybe it's his Olympic long-jumping ability or Madden-like moves, but the kid scores. Therefore, in a big league he is worth the start, especially if you are weak at the running back position.

Joesph Addai - IND Colts - Zero chance he even gets over 50 yards and a 13.5 percent chance that he gets a TD. Donald Brown has started to take more and more carries from Addai in an offense that does not use the run much already because, obviously, they have a better option. It will be a tight game in Baltimore, and Indianapolis will be relying on the rocket-powered arm attached to the shoulder of Peyton Manning.
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