Colts And Saints Should Do Their Best To Finish Undefeated
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There's Really No Question About It. The Colts And Saints Need To Shoot For 19-0.

12/18/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

The Colts are now 14-0, and the Saints have a chance to match them on Saturday night in New Orleans against the Cowboys. With just a few more wins, they could become only the 3rd and 4th teams in the Super Bowl era to finish the regular season undefeated, and they could make a run at the 1972 Dolphins and full-season perfection.

Some people are saying that one of both of these teams "need" to lose, for a variety of inexplicable reasons. Other people think that it's best for them to rest their starters for the playoffs, and let the chips fall where they may.

The bottom line is that for once, Jay Mariotti said it right. No guts, no glory... both of these teams need to finish strong and try to go 19-0.

We saw the Patriots try this in 2007, and they came up short, losing to the Giants in one of the most exciting Super Bowl games of all time. But was it because they unwisely went undefeated in the regular season? Or was it because they failed to make a couple big plays in the Super Bowl, and the Giants did?

If the Colts and Saints are good enough to win the Super Bowl at all, which some people still question, then they should be good enough to win these last few games of the regular season.

The Colts host the Jets and then play at Buffalo in their last two games. The Saints have the Cowboys and Buccaneers at home, and then the Panthers on the road. Out of all of those games, the most difficult game (in my opinion) is for the Saints, when they go to Carolina and play the Panthers. The other games are all against pretty mediocre teams (at best), none of which are playing all that well right now. Would it really break the Colts or Saints to make the effort to win these games? I think not. And if so, then they're probably not the team that they think they are, anyway.

In the end, winning the Super Bowl really isn't that big of a deal. I know, that statement sounds ridiculous. But think about... someone does it every year. An perfect season, however, has only been accomplished once in the history of the league. That is something truly special. In fact, if the Saints or Colts were to go 19-0, that would far surpass the 1972 Dolphins, in my opinion.

Everyone wants a chance to win a Super Bowl, and that's a great accomplishment. But finishing a perfect season is on a completely different stratosphere, and very few teams ever even get the chance to discuss the possibility of it. For the Saints and/or Colts to abandon it at this point would be almost criminal. Go for the gusto, gentlemen. Make history.
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12/19/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Pat wrote:
That doesn't make much sense to me. The Saints have been far more dominant, imo. Why would you think that they have less of a chance?

I think the Saints have looked more dominant because they play (IMO) lesser competition overall than Indy plays. If they do meet, I think Indy would take them.

12/19/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

icedee wrote:
They can go for 19-0 but teams are not gonna lie down and just let them get there. I see possibly the Colts getting there but the Saints days are numbered....

That doesn't make much sense to me. The Saints have been far more dominant, imo. Why would you think that they have less of a chance?

12/19/09   |   icedee   |   170 respect

They can go for 19-0 but teams are not gonna lie down and just let them get there. I see possibly the Colts getting there but the Saints days are numbered....

12/19/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

that 2007 Super Bowl was one fo the most exciting SB games I have EVER seen, and I was screaming for the Pats all the way, and I've never really been a Pats fan.  I'm not a Colts or a Saints fan, but honestly, I find myself yelling for both teams to continue winning, even finding myself torn when the Saints played against the Redskins, my fav team. 

I would like nothing better to see the two teams in the Super bowl and one of them have that perfect season.  BTW excellent article, thank you.  And I agree, that perfect season is allusive and a greater achievement than a Super Bowl win by itself, and yes, that's MY opinion as well.

12/19/09   |   karthik9941945075

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12/18/09   |   RichyMcWiggleSr   |   2050 respect

More people would be upset over losing the Superbowl but going 16/17/18-0, than would there be supporters of a perfect 19-0.  It, therefore, follows that teams would pay attention to the majority of it's fans, and the odds, and not worry about 19-0. 

And, ask any player, they'd much rather have 1 Superbowl ring, than 1 16/17/18-0 Season in which they probably could've gotten the ring!

12/18/09   |   celticfc411   |   51 respect

God please anything to shut up Mercury Morris and Bob Griese

12/18/09   |   bayou71PR   |   94 respect

lilmommy2114 wrote:
WHY DO YOU HATE THE SAINTS... IF YOU DONT MIND ME ASKING

Because he is an Atlanta fan.......Just hating!!!!!!!!! HATING IS FOR COWARDS!!!!!!!

12/18/09   |   lilmommy2114   |   79 respect

TheRoss wrote:
The Colts yes. The Saints no, because I hate them. Although I cannot deny the appeal of two undefeated teams in the Superbowl.

WHY DO YOU HATE THE SAINTS... IF YOU DONT MIND ME ASKING

12/18/09   |   AzFanatic   |   10 respect

AzFanatic wrote:
Therefore, I'd say either way, they both could both rest or play them, for all I care, but the season is not over yet. There is still the playoffs and the big game. I do respect these two teams without a doubt and am not trying to take anything away from either one. 
(Edited by AzFanatic)

Therefore, I'd say either way, they both could both rest or play them, for all I care, but the season is not over yet. There is still the playoffs and the big game. I do respect these two teams without a doubt and am not trying to take anything away from either one. 

12/18/09   |   marcus_nyce   |   27339 respect

Just play to win every game.

12/18/09   |   JGMAN29   |   1 respect

Saints and Colts will go on to the super bowl but the Saints will win with Drew Brees!!!

12/18/09   |   bayou71PR   |   94 respect

TheRoss wrote:
The Colts yes. The Saints no, because I hate them. Although I cannot deny the appeal of two undefeated teams in the Superbowl.

ATLANTA? NO......... SAINTS? YES............. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS????????????

12/18/09   |   brucek863   |   50 respect

AzFanatic wrote:
Superbowl>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Perfection

You play for that Lombardi....

You have to win a superbowl to be undefeated so...
Perfection + Super Bowl

12/18/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

AzFanatic wrote:
Superbowl>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Perfection

You play for that Lombardi....

How could winning a Super Bowl with a loss possibly be better than winning a Super Bowl and going 19-0?

12/18/09   |   AzFanatic   |   10 respect

Superbowl>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Perfection

You play for that Lombardi....

12/18/09   |   amrush71   |   1 respect

Just one little correction. The Saints and Colts would be the fifth and sixth teams to finish the regular season undefeated. The Bears did it in 1934 and 1942, but then lost the NFL Championship Game.

12/18/09   |   TheRoss   |   356 respect

The Colts yes. The Saints no, because I hate them. Although I cannot deny the appeal of two undefeated teams in the Superbowl.

12/18/09   |   hskrdave   |   10675 respect

 Perfection >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Superbowl.

Yeah sometimes we might not like the teams going for perfection (as it seems everyone outside of New England did) but I personally want to see an Undefeated season if there is the opportunity.