The allure for the game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts just isn’t there this year, as the Colts are one of the worst teams in the game without QB Peyton Manning. That being said, it should still be a great NFL betting affair to make NFL picks on for Sunday Night Football.
Year To Date Record: 25-17 ATS
Upset Record: 5-11, -$750
Week 7 NFL Matchup: Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints
Date: Sunday, October 23rd, 8:25 ET
Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NFL Week 7 Lines: New Orleans -14
Week 7 NFL TV Schedule: NBC
Colts Notes: Indy has found itself being at least a little stingier in recent weeks, coming up with some close defeats in games that many didn’t think that it could stick around in. This is the toughest test for QB Curtis Painter, as he tries to figure out how to keep up with this potent offense. What we have to remember though, is that in spite of his lack of passing yards, he only has one INT against five touchdown passes, numbers which are a heck of a lot better than a lot of signal callers in this league. RB Joseph Addai should be back for the clash against the Saints after missing out last week, and we tend to think that he, RB Delone Carter, and RB Donald Brown will all be seeing plenty of time in this split backfield to try to slow down the New Orleans offense.
Saints Notes: It’s really, really hard to bet against the Saints this week. They’re coming off of their second loss of the season, a very questionable defeat at their division rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they are back at home in primetime. Historically, the Saints just don’t lose here; after all, they are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games played in this building, and that one loss was a Week 17 defeat last year with the team not really taking matters all that seriously against a team that had to win to keep its playoff hopes alive. QB Drew Brees is a machine, averaging over 350 passing yards per game and reaching that number in five of his six games so far on the campaign. He has to work out a new center though, as Olin Kreutz walked out on the team to retire this week. We don’t think that it will ultimately hurt this offense a lick, though.
The Final Word: There’s absolutely no way that New Orleans is losing this game this week, but we are really thinking, contrary to popular belief, that the Colts are the right side. Two touchdowns is a huge spread for any team to be covering, especially in a primetime game, and we think that the Colts will show up and at least present a decent product to stick inside the number in this one.
Week 7 NFL Pick: Indianapolis +14
NFL Football Prediction: New Orleans 30 – Indianapolis 20