The Denver Broncos will host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in what should be one heck of a game. The Broncos and the Saints have been playing much improved football as of late and both teams have also been struggling in a few phases of the game.
The Broncos came back from a 24-0 halftime deficit in their last game to rally and top the San Diego Chargers 35-24 while the Saints topped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind four more Drew Brees touchdown passes.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last four games while tossing 11 touchdowns and only one interception during that span. He also engineered the historical comeback against the Chargers on Monday Night Football.
The biggest key for the Broncos to win this game is for them to come out and play a first half the way they have played during second halves this season. If the Broncos get off to a slow start it may be too difficult to catch up to the Saints’ high-powered offense.
In the Saints’ last four games, Brees has thrown for 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He has thrown for over 350 yards and four touchdowns in each of his last two games.
The biggest key for the Saints is to keep Denver’s run game to a minimum. The Saints have given up a ton of rushing yardage to opposing offenses and this will be a huge factor Sunday.
Injuries will also play a big part of this contest. The Saints are hoping that TE Jimmy Graham will be active and the Broncos will need DB Tracy Porter to be back on the field to offset Graham’s high level of production. It is looking like both will play, but we will have to wait for a more updated report later in the week.
I’m predicting the Broncos will win this shootout by a score of 34-31. I’ll also predict that the Broncos will control most of the game, but the Saints will be right on their heels.
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