Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Denver Broncos-New Orleans SaintsBro Week 10 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Denver Broncos (6-3) at (-1.5) New Orleans Saints (4-4), Sunday, 1 p.m.
Mike: Saints. The Broncos need their Week 11 bye in the worst way. If the Denver defense were healthy, it would be much more tempting to take the Broncos, but with the statuses of Aqib Talib and Derek Wolfe uncertain, it’s hard to see Denver keeping pace.
Andre: Broncos. I love Drew Brees, but the Broncos allow just 5.7 yards per pass attempt and are also second in the league in sacks with 28. The Saints are on the other side of the spectrum allowing 8.3 yards per pass attempt (30th) so I think Trevor Siemian plays decent and the Broncos force a few turnovers to win the game.
Ricky: Saints. For as good as the Broncos’ defense has been this season, their offense has really struggled. Denver ranks 28th in total yards per game, 26th in yards per play, 25th in passing and 23rd in rushing. It’s hard to imagine the Broncos keeping up with the Saints, who should be able to do enough offensively against a banged-up Denver defense if they continue to protect Brees.
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