Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints Preview & Prediction

The NFL regular season is nearing its end and we are beginning to see teams clinch those valuable playoff spots in both conferences. As we are now seeing, there is a very fine line between getting a bye in the opening week of the playoffs and being forced to go the Wild Card Weekend route. In the NFC, we have the San Francisco 49ers sitting on 11 wins yet still looking at playing a Wild card game. That should give you an idea of just how strong that conference is this season. Over in the AFC, things are a little clearer cut, with really only the #4 and #6 seeds left up for grabs. Either the Texans or the Titans will take the #4, while one of those two or the Steelers will come in at #6. The Colts are hanging in by the skin of their teeth, but a loss on the road to the New Orleans Saints would end their slim playoff hopes. The Saints are still looking at the #2 seed in the NFC and come into this one favored by 9, with the point total set at 47.

When: Monday, December 16 at 8:15 PM EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
TV: ESPN
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Why bet on the Indianapolis Colts

It wasn’t so long ago that the Colts were sitting atop the AFC South, but a run that has seen them lose 5 of their last 6 games has them on the brink of elimination. They come into this one on a 3-game losing skid and now look like a team with zero confidence. Making matters worse is that they have just 2 wins in their 6 road games this season, while going just 2-6 SU versus the New Orleans Saints in their last 8 meetings. While the Colts have gone 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games versus teams from the NFC South, that has not translated to games against the Saints, where they have covered the spread just twice in their last 9 meetings with New Orleans. The OVER has hit 4 times in their last 5 visits to the Big Easy.

Why bet on the New Orleans Saints

The Saints got a nice little bit of luck on Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers losing to the Atlanta Falcons in a huge upset. That defeat leaves the door to the #2 seed wide open, but the Saints need to win here to take full advantage of that opportunity. The Saints need to find a way to bounce back after a tough 48-46 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. You certainly need to like their chances of doing that in their own building, especially when you consider that the Saints are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games at home. They have also dominated in games versus teams from the AFC South, going 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games versus teams from that division. The Saints have seen the OVER hit in 5 of their last 6 Monday night games.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

If we are being totally honest, the Indianapolis Colts are looking like a team just waiting for the season to end. With the #2 seed looming large, the Saints are going to want to come out and set the tone early, which I believe they do in a comfortable win.

Indianapolis Colts 21 New Orleans Saints 39