Sunday Night Football: Saints and Broncos meet in what promises to be a shootout
Drew Brees and the Saints visit Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The Saints have the best passing offense in the league while the Broncos rank fourth. According to the oddsmakers at America's Bookie, the Broncos are 6-point favorites and the total is set at 55.
The Saints have won their last two games after an 0-4 start and they will welcome back interim coach Joe Vitt, who finished serving a suspension for his role in Bountygate. Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes in last week's 35-28 win at Tampa Bay. The Saints are trying to become the second team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to reach the playoffs after starting 0-4 but they will need a more balanced offense to do so.
The Saints are last in the NFL at 76.2 rushing yards per game but their one-dimensional attack hasn't led to Brees getting pummeled by opposing defenses. Brees has been sacked just 12 times, tied for the eighth-lowest total in the league.
The Broncos enjoyed their bye week after a historic 35-24 comeback win at San Diego on October 15 and they will try to take advantage of the Saints' NFL-worst defense, which has allowed 2,793 yards through six games, the most in NFL history since at least 1950.
The Broncos are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a bye week and Peyton Manning is even better when he gets extra time to prepare for a game. The Saints on the other hand are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after a bye week.
The Saints defense may be the worst in the NFL. The Broncos are weak against the run but they can defend the pass. They rank 10th in passing defense, allowing 215.3 yards per game and 18th in run defense, allowing 118.2 yards per game. This will not be a problem as the Saints have the league's worst run game, averaging only 76.2 rushing yards per game this season. Look for the Broncos to win and cover at home.
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