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Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Predictions 12-16-2019


The New Orleans Saints look to rebound from a last-second loss and bolster their candidacy for a first-round postseason bye on Monday night when they host the Indianapolis Colts. The NFC South champion Saints' task of securing one of those two top spots was made a bit more difficult after dropping a 48-46 setback to San Francisco on Sunday.

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"It's real simple - one, two, or three. That's what we're playing for," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said the seeds. "We're going to be in one of those three spots and the focus has to be on improving and playing the Colts." Drew Brees rushed for a score against the 49ers and threw for five more to boost his career passing touchdown total to 537, three shy of surpassing Peyton Manning for most in NFL history. Manning's initial NFL team, Indianapolis, has seen its generous defense surrender 89 points during a three-game losing skid to push the club to the brink of elimination from postseason contention. "The outcomes are the outcomes," Colts linebacker Darius Leonard said. "You look at the good and the bad. You can't just throw it to the side. You have to look what went well, what went wrong."

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Saints -9 O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE COLTS (6-7): Jacoby Brissett threw for a pair of touchdown passes for the first time since Sept. 29 in Sunday's 38-35 setback to Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old Brissett has made do without four-time Pro Bowl selection T.Y. Hilton, who has missed five of his last six games with an ailing calf after sitting out only four games in first seven seasons. "It's just tough watching; it's something I'm not used to, so I'm doing everything I can to get back," Hilton said. Third-year running back Marlon Mack resides 100 yards shy of becoming the ninth player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 in a season, and he'll attempt to accomplish the feat versus New Orleans' fifth-ranked rush defense.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (10-3): Alvin Kamara's offensive numbers haven't been up to his lofty standards, as the electric back mustered just 25 yards rushing and 18 receiving versus San Francisco to fall short of 100 yards from scrimmage in two straight games and three in his last five. To boot, Kamara had a costly fumble in the third quarter against the 49ers and saw his touchdown drought extend to eight consecutive contests. Michael Thomas has shown no sign of a letdown, as he made 11 catches for 134 yards last week to join Antonio Brown as the lone NFL players to have more than one season with 120-plus receptions and 1,400-plus receiving yards. Thomas, who looks to exploit Indianapolis' 22nd-ranked pass defense, is nine catches shy of joining Brown, Julio Jones and Marvin Harrison as the only players to reach 130 in a season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. New Orleans placed former first-round picks DE Marcus Davenport (foot) and DT Sheldon Rankins (ankle) on injured reserve this week and signed DE Noah Spence and DT T.Y. McGill to fill their roster spots.

2. Indianapolis' Chase McLaughlin, who made two of three field-goal attempts versus the Bucs, will be the team's full-time kicker going forward after Adam Vinatieri was placed on injured reserve this week.

3. The Saints will honor the 10-year anniversary of their only Super Bowl win by bringing members of the 2009 team together for a reunion prior to the game. New Orleans posted a 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.

Prediction

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
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new-orleans-saints Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Drew Brees 2 2 94.792 41 48 35 2 1 8 2 408
Teddy Bridgewater 2 1 91.411 29 57 36 0 2 16 2 342
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Alvin Kamara 3 3 211 28 42 1
Latavius Murray 3 1 52 30 13 1
Teddy Bridgewater 2 1 17 11 5 0
Taysom Hill 3 1 13 6 3 0
Zach Line 3 1 0 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Michael Thomas 3 3 266 24 25 33 1
Alvin Kamara 3 3 179 41 17 21 1
Ted Ginn Jr. 3 2 116 41 9 12 0
Tre'Quan Smith 2 1 75 28 5 5 1
Jared Cook 3 1 69 31 5 12 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Marshon Lattimore 3 3 16 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Demario Davis 3 3 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Vonn Bell 3 3 14 7 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Eli Apple 3 3 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A.J. Klein 3 3 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Wil Lutz 3 1 6 7 58 7 6
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Deonte Harris 3 1 4 0 32 96
Ted Ginn Jr. 3 2 1 0 0 0
Dwayne Washington 3 1 0 1 0 0
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Alvin Kamara 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Deonte Harris 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Teddy Bridgewater 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cameron Jordan 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jared Cook 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Wil Lutz 3 1 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alvin Kamara 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Latavius Murray 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Thomas 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Taysom Hill 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Deonte Harris 3 1 9 1 53 107

indianapolis-colts Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Jacoby Brissett 3 3 111.957 35 92 66 1 6 52 7 646
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Marlon Mack 3 2 299 63 61 2
Jordan Wilkins 3 0 80 55 8 0
Jacoby Brissett 3 3 38 7 13 0
Nyheim Hines 3 1 25 6 8 0
Parris Campbell 3 1 7 7 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
T.Y. Hilton 3 3 195 26 20 25 4
Jack Doyle 3 3 87 20 7 9 0
Eric Ebron 3 1 80 30 7 11 1
Zach Pascal 3 3 53 35 2 3 1
Deon Cain 3 1 45 25 3 6 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Anthony Walker 3 3 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Kenny Moore II 3 3 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pierre Desir 3 3 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Darius Leonard 2 2 10 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Khari Willis 3 1 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Adam Vinatieri 3 1 3 5 49 8 5
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Parris Campbell 3 1 5 0 31 113
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Jacoby Brissett 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 0
George Odum 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
T.Y. Hilton 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 4
Adam Vinatieri 3 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marlon Mack 3 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Eric Ebron 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Parris Campbell 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Chester Rogers 3 1 5 2 18 47