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Joe Baker writes for the Indianapolis Colts blog 18-to-88.

Indy vs. New Orleans

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Week 13 the answer was obvious. So much so that the panel discussed the matchup between the two teams that had run out to 12-0 starts. The matchup lost some of it's luster when the Saints offensive line imploded against the Cowboys and the Colts passed up their shot at perfection against the Jets. With both teams on cruise control they faded from the forefront, until last week when they racked up 17 and 31 point victories in the divisional round. The two regular season juggernauts are back.

Both the Colts and the Saints feature powerhouse offenses led by All-Pro level quarterbacks, backed with competent pass focused Defenses. They get these effects with contrasting styles. The Saints are the leagues most explosive passing offense with a very efficient run game. The Colts passing has an explosive punch, but without a consistently effective running game the short-medium passing game is the offenses workhorse. On the defensive side the Colts focus is on executing a basic scheme perfectly, as opposed to the Saints taste for exotics. The Colts strive to keep everything short and in front of them, while the Saints make more big plays defensively at the expense of conceding more big passes than most good pass Ds.

Colts-Saints would be a matchup of two powerhouse teams similar in results, but with contrasting processes.

By Joe Baker  |  January 22, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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