Expect the New Orleans Saints (+550 to win Super Bowl 54) to play with a little more attitude in Week 15 after a tough-to-swallow loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. The Saints will have the visiting Indianapolis Colts, who are looking to end their skid and breathe some life into their waning playoff chances.
Betting Preview for the Indianapolis Colts vs New Orleans Saints NFL Regular Season Week 15 Game on December 15, 2019
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
When: Monday, December 16, 2019, 8:15 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Indianapolis Colts (6-7)
The Colts fail to arrest their losing skid, which is now at three games, after getting victimized by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday on the road, 38-35. Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had 251 passing yards and a couple of touchdowns without an interception, but did not get much support from Indianapolis’ run game, as Marlon Mack and company produced just 66 rushing yards on 22 carries, albeit with a touchdown. That wasn’t unexpected, though, as the Bucs entered Week 15 with the best run defense in the NFL. The Colts are not going to have it much easier on the ground in Week 15, as the Saints have the fifth-best run defense in the league. The 22 carries the Colts had against the Bucs were far below than their season average of 30.4, which was understandable given the quality of Tampa Bay’s defense against the run, but Indianapolis might also need to force the issue on the ground to open things up for Brissett against the Saints.
The Colts, who are sixth in the league with 133.4 rushing yards per game, are 3-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games on the road.
Betting on the New Orleans Saints (10-3)
The Saints rode a rollercoaster of emotions in Week 14, as they had the lead late in their matchup against fellow Super Bowl contenders San Francisco 49ers before ending up with a gut-wrenching 48-46 loss at home in what might have served as a preview of the NFC Championship Game. Still, scoring that many points against San Francisco’s elite defense showed just how lethal New Orleans’ offense remains. Drew Brees went off with 349 passing yards and five touchdowns and zero interceptions on 29-of-40 completions. Perhaps the most impressive feat pulled off by the Saints’ offense was Brees not getting sacked by San Francisco’s pass rush that is third in the league in quarterback takedowns. The Saints have allowed the fourth-fewest sacks so far this season, and so long as they are protecting Brees in that effective manner, New Orleans is going to maximize the talent of wide receiver Michael Thomas, who had 134 receiving yards and a TD on 11 catches against the Niners. Thomas may see more targets if tight end Jared Cook can’t give it a go after exiting the San Francisco game with a concussion.
The Saints are 3-3 ATS in their last six home games.
The Saints win, 37-23.
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