Mile High Huddle Predicts: Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints Week 10

The experts at MHH share their thoughts on a pivotal Week 10 matchup in New Orleans.

At 6-3 and mired in third place of their division, the Denver Broncos are at a crossroads in their season. A win keeps them right in the thick of things in the AFC, but a loss could do serious damage to their chances of climbing into the playoffs after the bye week. Their Week 10 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, provide somewhat of a minefield. You might be lulled to sleep by their porous defense, but a multi-faceted offensive attack spearheaded by Drew BreesWillie Snead Jr.Michael Thomas, and Mark Ingram will almost always keep them within striking distance.

Can the Broncos stifle the surging Saints or will their season continue to bog down in the Superdome? Our MHH analysts have some thoughts, as always.

Khalid Alshami (@KhalidHAlshami)

Season Record: 4-5

The slide continues as the defense will be missing Derek Wolfe in addition to Aqib Talib's continued absence. A suspect run defense gets worse and the No Fly Zone has found out just how important Talib is to the unit. It doesn't help that the Saints boast one of the top passing attacks in the league.

The offense has struggled against "suspect defenses"  — a trend that might continue with Trevor Siemian playing with less and less confidence, not to mention the struggles of the offensive line.

Almost forgot, the Saints play at home where they have enjoyed incredible success during Drew Brees' tenure.

Broncos 20, Saints 34

Josh Carney (@JCarney_Sports)

Season Record: 7-2

This game is just what the doctor ordered for the Denver rushing attack, as New Orleans has the 19th-best run defense in football (108.5 ypg). With Drew Brees on the other sideline looking to light up a banged-up secondary, the Broncos can turn to Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs to grind out a big road win in the Superdome.

Broncos 31, Saints 23

Chad Jensen (@ChadNJensen)

Season Record: 4-5

All is not well in paradise. There’s a rooster in the hen house. The Broncos are not a healthy team right now, and I’m not talking about injuries. Something is going on and hopefully a break from the action on their Week 11 bye will provide them the time to turn the ship around. I don’t see good things in store for Denver this week. I think the NFL smells the blood in the water. Drew Brees and Sean Payton are gonna pounce.

Broncos 17, Saints 30

Will Keys (@WillKeys6)

Season Record: 5-4

While I think this week will be a more competitive affair than the last, there's not a ton of reason to see why Denver will stop the run any better than they did last week without Derek Wolfe up front.

The path to victory would be through Siemian exploiting an atrocious secondary that struggled a week ago against Colin Kaepernick, and the Broncos mixing a potent run game between Bibbs and Booker.

However, without Aqib Talib, I don't think Denver can keep track of Willie Snead, Michael Thomas, and Brandin Cooks for the whole game.

Broncos 24, Saints 27

Luc Polglaze (@LucPolglaze)

Season Record: 6-3

It's going to be a chess game between the coaches. Last week, we saw Gary Kubiak's inability to adjust. Sean Payton has never been a guy who has struggled to react. The young guys need to step up against a veteran passer in Drew Brees.

Broncos 23, Saints 30

Ray Roybal (@RoybalSportTalk)

Season Record: 6-3

Denver musters up enough offense to squeak by Drew Brees and his multitude of weapons. The Denver D steps up and stops the run, while Siemian connects down field.

Broncos 24, Saints 23

Adam Uribes (@auribes37)

Season Record: 5-4

The No-Fly Zone may not be what is was last year and looks to be without key players but has managed to hold some of the better offenses they have faced this year in check. New Orleans does boast weapons on offense but Denver finds a way to keep the game close. 

The good news is the Saints can't stop a nosebleed and can only win games in a shootout, which can work to Denver's advantage if they truly commit to the run and keep New Orleans honest that allow the offensive line and allow Siemian to settle into something consistent. 

Broncos 27, Saints 24

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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