When the 2011 NFL schedule came out, this clash between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts looked like it was going to be a dynamo. Now, Sunday Night Football betting action is expected to be a tremendous dud of a blowout with QB Peyton Manning still nowhere near ready to come back for the rest of the season.
It’s becoming painfully clear that the Colts have one of the worst teams in the league this season, and it’s not just the absence of Manning that is causing it. Eric Foster, Ben Ijalana, Jaimie Thomas, Gary Brackett, and Melvin Bullitt, all of which were expected to start, are on IR, and RB Joseph Addai is expected to sit out his second straight game with a hamstring injury. That’s going to leave just RB Donald Brown and RB Delone Carter to tote the rock, and neither one has been particularly effective this year. To make matters worse, this is probably going to be the sternest test that QB Curtis Painter has to face. No, it’s not that the Saints have the best defense that he has ever run up against. However, this is the best offense that he has opposed in his young career, and especially here in the Bayou, trying to keep up score for score with New Orleans is virtually impossible for some of the best offenses in the game, let alone this patchwork unit that the Colts have assembled.
The Saints are licking their wounds from a Week 6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which they basically trailed from start to finish. It was the second game this year in which New Orleans got within a few yards of tying or taking the lead, and in both instances, the team came up short of its mark. Those are the only two losses for the team this year. Head Coach Sean Peyton won’t be on the sidelines, nor will he likely be there for the mass majority of the rest of the season. Peyton suffered a leg injury last week on the sidelines and missed the second half of the game. There’s growing concern about New Orleans’ defense this year. This has been the only Achilles heel of this team for years, and it is starting to flare up again. The squad has allowed at least 26 points in four games this year. There’s no shame in allowing 42 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, but the rest of these teams that have reached this type of number against the Saints aren’t exactly juggernauts.
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints Pick: The Colts are playing better football under Painter than under QB Kerry Collins, but it doesn’t matter. The Saints are out for blood after last week’s loss, and we have no doubts that the end result on Sunday Night Football is going to be a romp in the Bayou.
NFL Pick: New Orleans Saints -14.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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