Time For Saints to Step Up vs. Colts
There is very little doubt that while the New Orleans Saints may have been in a division last year which could be won with a sub-.500 record, such is not the case this season, with the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons posting outstanding records. Now, coming off a game where they dealt the Falcons their only loss, the Saints look to keep their momentum going as they go up against the Indianapolis Colts, in a game that will begin at 1 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. Vietbet customers will have an opportunity to place wagers on the game while it is in progress with the help of Live Betting Extra.
In the NFL football betting lines on this game as they have been established by the people at Vietbet, the Colts are favored:
- Indianapolis Colts -4
- New Orleans Saints +4
- Over 52 points -110
- Under 52 points -110
Drew Brees really got things together a week ago Thursday, with 312 passing yards, as the Saints scored a 31-21 win over Atlanta, which pushed the Falcons back to second place in the NFC South, leaving the division in sole possession of Carolina, which won it last year with a 7-8-1 mark. New Orleans has four upcoming games it can possibly win, including this one against the disappointing Colts, who are just 3-3.
Indy is coming off a big game as it lost 34-27 to the New England Patriots. Andrew Luck got back into action after having missed the previous two games – both Colts’ wins – with a shoulder injury. On balance, they are in much better shape than the Saints as far as playoff possibilities are concerned, because the AFC South is way more wide open. In fact, they have the division lead all to themselves.
Both of these quarterbacks have hurt their shoulder this season. Luck claims to have hurt his against Tennessee, although it appears that he hasn’t been throwing right all season. He’s been intercepted seven times, and following the game with the Pats, he now has a 57% completion rate. For someone who does not live off the short ball, that is not tragic.
But what the Colts are able to do on the ground may be more important for them at the moment, so that they can not only achieve balance also keep some pressure off Luck. Frank Gore is finally starting to assert himself after coming over as a free agent from San Francisco. He’s got 405 yards and 4.5 yards a carry, and he is providing something they really haven’t had a lot of in the recent past.
As most Vietbet patrons are well aware, the Saints have had plenty of problems stopping people, which is what made it so surprising to some people that they were able to turn back Atlanta. But the unit assembled by Rob Ryan (Rex’s twin brother) has yielded 4.8 yards per carry and 8.2 yards per pass attempt. They have also forced their opponents to punt a league-low 30.3% of the time, yet they have surrendered only 35.7% successful third down conversions.
Remember that the Saints have had extra time to get ready, as they played a Thursday game, while the Colts are off an emotionally-charged matchup with all the “Deflategate” hoopla attached. That might afford a situational edge to New Orleans, a four-point dog at Vietbet, where you can get reduced juice wagering when you bet over the internet, as well as the ability to make all of your deposits in Bitcoin, through their automated system!
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By Charles Jay