A marquee match-up takes place in Week 10 of the NFL season as the talented Denver Broncos look to rebound on the road as they travel to New Orleans, to take on the high-octane Saints. Denver enters with a 6-3 record, though they enter a hungry group – fresh off a tough loss to Oakland on Sunday Night Football. Many thought the Broncos would show better in that game, but some flaws were exploited. They’ll look to correct them against a more forgiving Saints squad. New Orleans enters with a 4-4 record and they are definitely alive in the always tight NFC South division. They turned in a rare dominant road win last week in San Francisco and will look to carry the momentum home as they take on a complete Broncos group. This promises to be a big match-up for the Week 10 slate. The Broncos need to start accumulating wins to keep pace in a tough AFC West, while it is the same situation for the Saints in the NFC South. The playoff push begins now and we’ve got you covered. Read on below for full game analysis as well as an official betting selection for Saints/Broncos.
Broncos vs. Saints Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos +3 (-110)
@ New Orleans Saints -3 (-110)
Over 51 (-110)
Under 51 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Broncos vs. Saints Pick:
The Broncos remain a very good football team, regardless of how last week played out in Oakland. One of the unfortunate things however about their current plight, is the amount of injuries they have had to endure. Within their secondary, they’ll again be without Aqib Talib and Kaywon Webster. Derek Wolfe will also be out injured with an elbow ailment. These are trying times for one of the league’s top stop units, but the high-octane Saints definitely won’t be feeling any pity. Still though, the Broncos do have DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller and even though the Saints offensive line has improved of late, that ferocious duo can disrupt any quarterback on any given Sunday. Look for them to really step their games up today.
New Orleans does have a bunch of downfield weapons, but look for Denver to lay off and focus on the passing game. The Saints’ run game is a disaster right now and the Broncos aren’t concerned at all about that. Between Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower, who knows who will feature out of the backfield. It’s one thing to run on the 49ers, but the Broncos won’t allow for that. Look for the Broncos to turn the Saints into a one-dimensional passing attack and see how they handle it.
Fortunately for Denver, they are taking on an awful Saints defence, and one that has really struggled in recent weeks. New Orleans has some key injuries of their own, and unlike Denver, they aren’t deep enough to replace them effectively. Colin Kaepernick just threw for 400 yards! Trevor Siemian might be in line for a big day, folks. Look for big outings from Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders for Denver, as the duo should be open all day long. Denver can also rely on a solid run game going against a porous Saints front. While New Orleans has shown good ability to get to quarterbacks, they are awful at stuffing the run game. Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs, whomever gets the start, should be able to gain positive yardage and help Siemian out by working from 3rd and short scenarios.
While the Saints are better than many presumed, they are still nowhere near the level of the Denver Broncos – who I still like as a darkhorse to win the Super Bowl. The Broncos’ offense will destroy this Saint’ defence, while Denver’s defensive unit enters this week with something to prove. Stopping Brees won’t be easy, but their pass rush will force him to be limited on Sunday. This line seems to be an overreaction to last week in Oakland, and be ready for a Broncos resurgence on Sunday afternoon.
PICK = Broncos +3 (-110)