The Denver Broncos, a team that is rather stingy on the defensive side of the ball, will be taking on the New Orleans Saints, a team that is lethal on the offensive side of the ball, in Week 10 of the 2016 NFL season. Clearly, something has to give.
Denver will enter this contest with a 6-3 record. The team is also riding a one-game losing streak. As for New Orleans, it has a 4-4 record and has won back-to-back contests, which includes a big-time victory against the Seattle Seahawks. In terms of rankings, the Broncos are ranked No. 7 in ESPN‘s latest power rankings and the Saints come in at No. 20.
Now, let’s get to the clashing stats. Denver is only allowing 18.4 points per game while New Orleans is giving up a grand total of 29.8 points per game. The Broncos are averaging 23.8 points per contest while the Saints are putting up a whopping 30.3 points per game. In a nutshell, the Broncos’ defense is a nightmare for opposing offenses, but their offense is mediocre, although they have plenty of weapons. The Saints’ defense is atrocious (that might be putting it lightly), but Drew Brees & Co. can make it rain on offense. Needless to say, this battle has intriguing written all over it.
Before we predict the final score of Denver vs. New Orleans, let’s talk some Drew Brees.
Drew Brees might be 37 years old, but he is currently destroying opposing defenses. After all, Brees has racked up 2,689 passing yards (second in the NFL), 21 passing touchdowns (second), and just five interceptions. He also has a completion percentage of 69.7 percent, which is good enough to place him at — you guessed it — second in the NFL in that category.
While the Broncos’ defense is rather stingy when it comes to points, fans also need to take this stat into account: 183.3. That is the number of passing yards the Broncos’ D allows per game, and it is the best mark in the league. It would only be right (or at least make things interesting) if the Saints’ offense was averaging the most passing yards per game, and they are with 326.4 passing yards per contest.
Brees more than likely will get his yards, but that doesn’t guarantee a New Orleans victory. Nonetheless, the other quarterback in this game, Trevor Siemian, might not be an all-star (at least not yet), but he might look like one in this battle thanks to the defense he is about to go up against.
Reminder, New Orleans might be elite on the offensive side of the ball, but that is far (far!) from the case on defense.
For example, the Saints are allowing 300 passing yards per game, which ranks them at the bottom of the NFL in that category. That benefits Siemian — to say the least. Plus, Siemian also has two very talented receivers on his team in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Four touchdown passes in one game might be pushing it for a quarterback who has only recorded 10 on the season, but one can’t forget that Denver’s quarterback dropped four touchdowns on the Cincinnati Bengals earlier in the year. That contest was played on the road for Siemian & Co. — just in case you were wondering. Therefore, four touchdowns isn’t out of the question for Siemian in Week 10, although two or three is more likely.
The stage is set for Siemian to go off, and go off he will. And now, let’s predict the final score.
Denver will escape New Orleans with a single-digit victory.
The Broncos might be the defending Super Bowl champs, but this game is going to be played in New Orleans. Denver will also be going up against one of the most lethal offenses in the NFL. With that said, defense tends to win championships (just look at the Super Bowl last season to figure that one out), and the Broncos have one of the best defenses in the game.
If they plan on making the playoffs once again, then they have to knock off teams that are 4-4 — it is really that simple. After all, Denver still has dates with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots. All of those contests are far from gimmes.
Nonetheless, look for the Broncos’ defense to do just enough and for the offense to steal the show, which will result in this squad leaving New Orleans with a single-digit victory (and a 7-3 record). Of course, if the Broncos’ defense doesn’t come ready to play, and Brees continues to light it up, then this game could get out of hand in no time.
Final Score Prediction: Denver 30, New Orleans 23
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