The New Orleans Saints travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Sunday night in what should be a high scoring matchup.
Denver is coming off their bye week and in their last game before the bye they came back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to defeat the San Diego Chargers. The Saints are coming off a 35-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Both teams can put on an aerial display and there should be plenty of fireworks this Sunday night.
Here are three bold predictions for this matchup:
1. Peyton Manning will throw for more yards than Drew Brees
Manning comes into the game having thrown for over 300 yards in the last four games. He should have no problem eclipsing that mark again as New Orleans is giving up 305 yards passing per game.
With Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the outside and the Saints having problems in the secondary there should be plenty of opportunities for the Broncos to have plenty of big plays in the passing game.
The Saints do not generate much pressure and have only 13 sacks on the season. A result of their lack of pressure has led to only three interceptions. If Manning has time and is able to go through his reads and find open receivers it will be a long day for the New Orleans' defense.
2. Denver will score over 30 points
The Saints have given up 30 or more points twice this season and rank near the bottom of the league giving up an average of 29.3 points per game.
Denver is seventh in the NFL averaging 28.3 points per game and has scored over 30 points in each of their three victories this season.
With no sustainable pass rush Manning and the offense could have a big night.
3. Denver will win by 10+ points
The Broncos might be the best team in the AFC. Their 3-3 record does not indicate they would be but they have played the toughest schedule in the NFL this season. Denver’s remaining 10 games play as the easiest in the league starting with the Saints.
New Orleans has had trouble all season on defense and with how well the Broncos are playing on offense they should not expect to get better Sunday night.
Denver’s offense will score points against the Saints but it is their defense that will be the difference. The Saints are last in the NFL in rushing yards per game and the Broncos will take advantage of them being one-dimensional by having a timely turnover or two that will lead to points for the offense.
Both teams should have their share of chances to put up points but playing at home and having the better defense will be the difference for the Broncos winning this game.