Over the course of the last five regular seasons, the Indianapolis Colts have yet to win less than 12 games.
They have used the draft to build a perennial winner ever since they compiled a 3-13 record in 1998.
By adding the likes of Reggie Wayne, Joesph Addai, Dallas Clark and Dwight Freeney, they have emerged from the cellar in the 1990s to top tier status of the 2000s.
But teams don’t win based on past successes or else maybe the Bears could win games against good teams. The Colts have once again constructed a powerhouse football team this season to dominate the competition.
Ever since the rough start to last season, the Colts have won 15 consecutive regular season games behind a ball-hawking defense and an offense that can score at will. This win streak puts them in a position to potentially have a “perfect” season with one more win over the San Francisco 49ers.
But all the aforementioned pieces to the puzzle might just run around on the field like a chicken with its head cut off, without this decade’s biggest sport superstar Peyton Manning, the glue that holds these win streaks together.
Ever since he was drafted in 1998 and suffered through his first season at the helm of the franchise, he has done nothing but win. And as he has gotten older, he has done nothing but get better.
Each season he elevates his game to a new, never before seen level. This season is no different. He is contending for his fourth MVP award and has the Colts in line for the Super Bowl.
When a team is undefeated, obviously something is being done correctly, whether they have a stellar defense or just an overpowering offense.
The New Orleans Saints have won all of their games using both of these methods.
The Saints haven’t exactly beaten only scrub teams. Sure, they’ve played Detroit and Buffalo, and both those teams are pretty disappointing, but at the same time they have beaten the Giants, Eagles and the Jets by a combined score of 120-59.
Not only do they have Drew Brees, who might be the league’s best passer, and maybe one of the most dynamic running back core in the league with Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush, but they also have a good defense on the other side of the ball.
The Saints defense is holding opponents to an average of 21 points per game. When you have a high power offense like the Saints have, having a defense that can hold a team to just 21 points is almost always going to result in a win.
But not all of their wins have been offensive slugfests.
In week three and for the Saints only gave up a total of 17 points to the Bills and Jets (seven and 10 points respectively). Proving not only do they have a strong offense but their defense can also step up and play when they need to.
Looking at the Saints’ schedule, they are pretty much a shoo-in for the playoffs and we are only in week eight. They play the Tampa Bay Bucs twice the Carolina Panthers twice, the St. Louis Rams once and the Washington Redskins once.
All of whom have been having terrible seasons. Look for this team to go deep into the playoffs and maybe to the big show.