Indianapolis Colts vs New Orleans Saints Picks, Odds, Week 15 Predictions 12/16/2019
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs New Orleans Saints
Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -8.5
Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts travel to Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday where they'll take on the New Orleans Saints. Indianapolis opens this contest as 8.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 44. The Colts are 6-7-0 ATS and 8-5-0 when betting on the total. The Saints are 7-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 10-3-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Indianapolis Colts took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lost 38-35. Running the show from under center for the Colts was Jacoby Brissett who went 19/36 with 251 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He ended the game without an interception. Marlon Mack paced the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 13 yards and he notched 1 TD for the contest. He scurried for 38 yards on 13 carries which meant he averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Marcus Johnson led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 105 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 35.0 yards per reception in the game. The Indianapolis Colts ended up rushing 22 times and earned 66 yards which gave them an average of 3.0 yards per attempt. For the game, they totaled 59 plays for 309 yards. On the day, the Colts racked up 16 1st downs and they had 3 penalties for 35 yards. In terms of defense, Indianapolis gave up 35 catches on 49 attempts for a total of 467 yards, and a completion percentage of 71.0%. On the ground, the Colts gave up 75 yards on 28 runs which is an average of 2.7 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded 542 yards and forced 4 takeaways. Tony Sink has a NFL prediction for the contest between the Jets and Ravens.
Colts Sit at 6-7 After Loss
The Colts come into this game with a record of 6-7 for this year. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring in the AFC South and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup. For total yardage, they rank 11th in the conference and 22nd among all NFL teams with 4,434 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Colts currently have a total of 22 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing TDs. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league averaging 23 points per contest, putting them 17th among all NFL teams. As a unit, they are averaging 133 rushing yards per game which is 3rd in the AFC.
The Colts have one of the average defenses in the NFL, giving up 22.7 points per game which has them at 10th in the conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Colts have allowed 3,190 yards. Opponents are completing 69.2% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.6 yards per attempt. They have allowed 22 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing TDs. When it comes to yards on the ground, Indianapolis is allowing 99.7 yards per game ranking them 1st among AFC South teams and 8th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per carry which has them at 7th among AFC teams and 13th in the NFL overall. In total, they have conceded 1,734 rushing yards through 13 games.
In their last game, the New Orleans Saints played the San Francisco 49ers and took the loss by a score of 48-46. Latavius Murray led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 18 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 69 yards on 7 carries which meant he averaged 9.9 yards per run. Michael Thomas was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 134 yards on 11 catches. He earned an average of 12.2 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Saints was Drew Brees who went 29/40 with 349 yards passing and added 5 touchdowns. He ended the game without an interception. The New Orleans Saints rushed the ball a total of 27 times and added 116 yards which earned them an average of 4.3 yards per rush. For the game, the Saints racked up a total of 28 1st downs and they totaled 5 penalties for 50 yards. In the game, they ran 68 plays which gave them a total of 465 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, New Orleans allowed 27 catches on 36 tries for a total of 354 yards, and a completion percentage of 75.0%. On the day, they gave up a total of 516 yards and forced 1 turnover. Against the run, the Saints allowed 162 yards on 24 tries which gave them an average of 6.8 yards per carry allowed.
Saints Sit at 10-3 After Loss
The Saints come into this game with a record of 10-3. New Orleans needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 108 rushing yards per contest, putting them 16th in the NFL. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,404 rushing yards through 13 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Saints average 369 yards per game overall putting them 12th in the NFL and 8th among NFC teams. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Saints are currently ranked 2nd in the division and 5th out of all the teams in the league averaging 26.5 points per game.
The Saints are conceding 22.8 points per contest ranking them 1st among NFC South teams and 17th in the league. When talking about points given up, they have given up 296 total points. When it comes to yards rushing, they are allowing 94 yards per game ranking them 5th among NFL teams and 2nd in the division. For this year, they have allowed 1,225 yards on the ground and 9 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the NFL. They are giving up 244 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Saints are ranked 9th among NFC teams. They have allowed 24 passing TDs for 2019.
Who will win tonight's Colts/Saints NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Saints -8.5
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