The New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos have yet to hit their stride at the NFL’s half-way mark.
Both feature legendary quarterbacks as Drew Brees leads a 2-4 Saints side and Peyton Manning is in charge of a 3-3 Broncos squad. Both square off this Sunday, 28 October, at 7.20pm Cayman time on NBC as part of Week Eight of the 2012-2013 NFL season.
Thanks to the bounty scandal, Brees and company have played below par. Without linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the fold, the Saints’ defence ranks a league-worst 32nd. Without head coach Sean Payton, the 32nd-ranked run game has been equally bad.
Denver have had their problems on the ground as well, ranking just 23rd in rushing. However, Peyton has found targets like Eric Decker often enough to put the Broncos fourth in passing and sixth in offence.
Ultimately, Sunday’s game comes down to the pass rush. With Elvis Dumervil and company ranking 11th on defence, expect the Broncos to pull out a 10-point victory.
The other games to note on Sunday are the 5-2 New York Giants facing the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys at 3.25pm on Fox and the 3-3 Miami Dolphins battling the 3-4 New York Jets at 12noon on CBS.
Eli Manning is firing on all cylinders for the Giants and odds are he engineers another epic performance en route to a three-point New York victory. Reggie Bush is a big reason why Miami has playoff hopes and the Dolphins should ride their current momentum to beat the Jets by four points.
It should be noted that the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings face the 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, 25 October, at 7.20pm on NFL Network. Adrian Peterson is a big reason for Minnesota’s surprising form and he should run over a mediocre Tampa defence for a 14-point victory.