The Colts are all but eliminated from the playoffs. Now they have to travel down to New Orleans to face possibly the best team in the NFC.
When the schedule came out, this one stood out as one of the harder games the Colts had. Traveling down to New Orleans is never easy for any team to do, let alone having to do it on Monday night. That’s what the Colts have ahead of them this week.
Having lost 5 of their last 6, they now have to face the Saints. The Saints have the best receiver in football in Michael Thomas, a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, and an opportunistic secondary. That’s a lot for the Colts to have to overcome in their current state.
Indy will come into the game with Marlon Mack healthy, but he is going to be the only playmaker they have that is. Parris Campbell is on IR now to join the litany of other players on that list. T.Y. Hilton will probably join him soon enough. They just don’t have enough guys on offense right now.
The Colts’ secondary is coming off a pitiful performance in Tampa Bay. They got smoked to the tune of 456 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brees has to be licking his chops right now. Indy is in big time trouble if they can’t get pressure on Brees in this game.
Pressure hasn’t come as easily lately, especially from the front four. Justin Houston is the only guy who has shown he can consistently move the pocket around. But they’re going to need more than one guy to get in Brees’ face if they want to have any sort of chance.
The Saints’ secondary is also coming off a bad performance. Their whole defense played bad in general in a loss to the 49ers. That’s something that gives the Colts some hope. They may not be able to stop their offense, but maybe they can outscore them.
It will likely be a tough game for the visiting team on Monday night. Hopefully Frank Reich and company can do something to give their guys a chance.