After debating with some friends and co-workers about who is the best undefeated team in the league, I think I’ve made my choice, and that choice would be the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have made the best case for this spot, and it all starts with Breeeeeesss! His complete demolition of the #1 rated NFC Giants defense was pretty much the marker for how good they are this season. I thought they were good before, but this past weekend has made me see the light! Their run so far has been nothing short of amazing, and their whole team seems to be on the same page on offense and defense. They’ve even showed they can run the ball, but teams will still scheme to stop Brees. They are truly a team that has everything working on all cylinders. They have a great leader to keep the ship steered straight, and fired up at the same time. I think they are a gambling mans goldmine as they cover the spread every week. One more crazy Brees stat since I’m all over him like Tim Mclelland on those 3rd base calls tonight during the ALCS. He’s got 13 TD’s this season which is only 7 less than all the QB’s in the NFC South combined and he’s had a bye week.
The Colts came in a close second, and it’s really hard to pick against the reasonable early choice for MVP, Peyton Manning, but at the moment I have them slotted in at #2. We really haven’t seen the Colts at full strength, so it’s tough to say what they’ll be like when Bob Sanders and corner back Kelvin Hayden return on defense. With the relentless Mathis and Freeney, it can only give offenses more problems to worry about. They also recently lost Vinitari the most clutch kicker in a long time! If they get healthy, they might be getting the ball back more often for Peyton to work his magic. Maybe it’s because they haven’t been tested by any truly good teams yet, so there isn’t real measuring stick to go by for them. It’s too bad we won’t find out this week as they should run over a hapless Rams team. I don’t think Vegas can set a line high enough for the Colts coming off a bye week playing the Rams. It’s probably my top pick in doin lines week 7! Anyways, the Colts have the most room to improve of the undefeated teams as Peyton gets better acquainted with his receivers, and their defense gets some extra swagger back with Sanders. Either way, they are going to be a force through the rest of the season.
The Broncos are a shocker to everybody except maybe, Bill Simmons… I might root against them because they are in my beloved Raiders division, but in the end they have been very impressive. They are balanced, and Orton doesn’t make mistakes. Who cares about his winning record as a QB, it’s all about their defense and preparation for the games. Sure Orton might be a good game manager, but he’s not anywhere near the same league as the two guys mentioned above. The Broncos have seemed to be one step ahead of their competition every game, and at the perfect times. I along with many kept waiting for the, I told you so loss, but it keeps not happening. I guess they are for real. I kinda thought they were the real deal last year, and crumbled epically bad down the stretch, but this feels like and is a much different team. The only reason I still have a mild doubt is that they haven’t had one injury this year. They haven’t made one change to their regular season opening roster, which makes me wonder if they have any big holes in the backups positions. One crazy stat; they’ve only allowed 10 points on defense in the 2nd half of games. They’ve given up more special teams points in the 2nd half than defensive points. This just shows how great they are at making crucial halftime adjustments. If you can win half the battle you can win a lot of games, even the Raiders D proved that against the Eagles. Bystradaumas wrote a good piece on the Broncos D.
The Vikings come in fourth in this race. I think they have the weakest coach of the bunch, and seem to struggle to hold the big leads that they have had in nearly every game. Giving teams chances could have cost them two games. They could have easily lost to the 49ers and the Ravens. I just don’t have confidence in Childress when the game is on the line, but he’s been lucky so far. Childress feels like a guy that would rather have the clock run down instead of going for an extra score with :40 seconds before the half. His weak decisions will cost them a game at some point, and almost led them to a 4-2 record, which makes me feel like they are at the bottom of these four undefeated teams. I’m really mixed with the Vikes as I like AP and Jarred Allen, but Favre annoys the crap out of me! It’s really hard for me to like or dislike them. It’s really confusing me! So I’ll leave it to you to decide!
October 21st, 2009 at 2:08 am
I was about to write a similar post, but you beat me to the punch! Flop Indy & N.O. around, and you have my list. I must agree, the Saints in reality have the most impressive resume this season defeating (then) undefeated NY Jets, and then making it look way too easy against that #1 Giants D all while taking them off the list of un-beatens. But there’s just something magical about P. Manning this season that has me thinking it’s their year. It’s way too soon to decide, but the Colts get my vote. And I agree with you on the Vikings. They’ve lucked out this year more than they’ve dominated. Don’t see this run lasting much longer for the Vikes. Favre had the Jets rolling last season, then it all fell apart.
Thanks for the ping-back! I just returned the favor!
October 21st, 2009 at 10:21 am
Yeah, I actually started off with Indy at #1, but looking at the schedule of both teams I had to make the switch to N.O.
Hahaha! Thanks for the pingback!
October 21st, 2009 at 8:28 am
It has got to be the New Orleans Saints ! Sean Payton has this team playing better than ever. What’s been even more amazing has been the improvement in their defense.
On the other hand you’ve got to admit that the surprise team of the unbeatens has to be the Broncos. McDaniels has worked wonders and I can tell you this , the Eagles have got to be missing Brian Dawkins at present. They’ve got no D’ whatsoever, now ! They were righteously exposed by the Raiders , last Sunday !
Thanks for chiming in on the piece about the NFL , as always your comments are appreciated !
October 21st, 2009 at 10:13 am
Yes, the Saints defense has been very surprising. I don’t think they’re dominant, but they’re in the same mold as the Colts as they seem to make some key stops but gives up a good amount of yardage in between.
The Broncos defensive turnaround has been even more surprising that the Saints. Who would’ve thought that they could go from worst to first? Definitely not me. It’s usually the other way around if a drastic change like that even happens!
October 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 am
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