The Saints of New Orleans have the opportunity to pull into a four-way match at the top of NFC with victory on Monday night. If they can run their records to 11-3, they will match Seahawks, Packers and 49ers, sending the conference to a complex four-team unlocking machine.
Standing in the way of the Saints is the University of Indianapolis, who is trying to keep their own fading playoff hopes. Colts have lost three matches in a row to reduce their record to 6-7, and they are a game and a half behind Pittsburgh and Tennessee in the AFC No. 6 seed race at the moment. To keep himself in the mix, Colts desperately needed to go with a victory.
With all that on the line, this will be a pretty interesting game. Let’s break things up.
When the Saints have the ball
The Saints still held a record of 3-2 in those five matches, but this decline in Kamara’s ability made the opponent miss out about to become extremely important on Monday night.
Colts’ defensive design encourages opponents to make short throws at the test options, relying on their defenders and safes to make and execute shots before the opponent can win too many yards after catching.
Defense coordinator Matt Eberflus prioritizes not giving up deep throws to most others, and when the Saints are making shorter throws, that almost always means the ball will reach Kamara or Michael thomas.
When Colts got the ball
The big question here is whether T.Y. Can Hilton play through his latest injury? As we wrote in our Week 15 preview, Jacoby Brissett was much different – and far more efficient – midfielder with Hilton on the pitch than the games he sat in.
New Orleans lost both Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Ranking injuries this week, devastating the depth of a top 10 defensive unit running in the tournament.
The Colts turned to this type of violation when they played Chiefs early in the season, for example, handing Mack the ball 29 times and giving it to Jordan Wilkins seven more.
The Colts will need a similar performance on the ground, with even greater volume, to overcome the injuries they face that seem to be able to curb their crimes.
Despite that, their offensive lines didn’t block the running game this season like last year, so they seemed less likely to impose their will on opposing defenses – right away A whole person faces traumatic problems like this holy team.
Prediction: Saint 24, Colts 14