New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts 10-29-23 NFL Week 8 Analysis, Best Picks, and Odds

New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts 10/29/23 – The battle between two 3-4 teams is set to unravel on October 29th as the New Orleans Saints head to Indiana to take on the Indianapolis Colts. As both teams seek to find their rhythm halfway through the season, this showdown holds weight for playoff implications and daily NFL picks for bettors.

New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

Date & Time: Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium


New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts 10/29/23 Betting Odds

Saints +102+1 (-105)43.5 over (-110)
Colts-122-1 (-115)43.5 under (-110)

New Orleans Saints Analysis

The New Orleans Saints, currently 3-4, have shown glimpses of brilliance but struggled to remain consistent in their play. Led by veteran quarterback Derek Carr who has completed 63% of his passes for 1,600 yards. Carr has managed to remain composed in the pocket despite being sacked 18 times, connecting well with Chris Olave – his primary target who has recorded 39 receptions for 471 yards – as the playmaker downfield. Alvin Kamara has proven effective despite missing three games, totaling 261 yards on 263 attempts at an average of 3.8 yards per carry and making defenders miss and creating yards after contact to fuel New Orleans Saints offense.

However, the Saints’ offensive line has been an area of contention. Carr has often found himself under duress from opponents which led to sacks or hasty throws from Kamara. To give Carr more time in the pocket and allow Kamara more opportunities for success. Defensively, while they have had their moments, more consistency is required from them; although their trend of holding opponents to low scoring games as evidenced by an UNDER total has helped, pressure must be applied more consistently on opposing quarterbacks to give their offense more chances to score, while secondary players must generate turnovers to swing momentum back their favor and create more chances for opportunities against opponents than simply holding off on opponents for longer.

Indianapolis Colts Analysis

Indianapolis Colts (3-5) have found themselves in similar territory to their Saints counterparts. Quarterback Gardner Minshew has completed 65.2% of his passes for 1,187 yards, showing accurate and poise in the pocket. He has developed strong chemistry with wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. who has amassed 489 receiving yards on 42 receptions – thanks to his ability to make contested catches and gain yards after catch! Running back Zack Moss has been an unexpected contributor, rushing 523 yards with an average 4.6 average and breaking tackles give the Colts reliable run game options.

Defense wise, the Colts have shown promise but have struggled with consistency this season. Their run defense could be compromised against Saints running back Alvin Kamara; similarly their secondary will face tough tests from Carr and his receiving corps. Limit big plays downfield and create turnovers to create short fields for their offense to work with; generate pressure onto Carr to force mistakes out of him – If they can bolster both those factors they stand a better chance at victory than most opponents in this matchup.

New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts Against the Spread

The Saints have been struggling lately in the betting world, going 1-4 ATS in their last five games. Their history also leans towards a lower-scoring trend, with 12 of their last 13 games going UNDER the set total. Interestingly, when facing the Colts, they’ve managed an impressive 8-2 ATS in their last ten meetings.

Conversely, the Colts are 4-2 ATS in their last six games, showing more recent promise. They’ve seen the total go OVER in seven of their last nine games, indicating a tendency for high-scoring affairs. Their home performance, however, has been lackluster with a 1-8 SU record in their last nine home games.

New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts Free Pick

Based on odds, trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Saints +102 

Given the New Orleans Saints’ historic dominance against the Colts and the current form of key players, the Saints seem slightly more favored to clinch the win.

Spread: Saints +1 (-105) 

The Saints’ ATS history against the Colts provides some confidence in them covering the spread.

Total: 43.5 under (-110) 

Given the Saints’ consistent trend of games going UNDER combined with the Colts’ recent matchups against the Saints also going UNDER, it seems likely the total will remain under 43.5.

Predicted Score: New Orleans Saints 21, Indianapolis Colts 20

In wrapping up, while both teams have their respective strengths and weaknesses, the New Orleans Saints slightly edge out in terms of potential performance and reliability for bettors. Those engaging in live betting in Canada should keep a keen eye on in-game shifts, especially the dynamic between Carr and Minshew. With both teams desperate for a win, this promises to be an enthralling encounter.