Despite the long-term absence of veteran Drew Brees, Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints are one win away from being crowned NFC South champions, yet again. However, they face an uphill task in beating reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The Chiefs are on an eight-game winning streak at the moment. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 15 Game Day predictions.
Many critics (including us) opined that the New Orleans Saints would not win the NFC South title after Drew Brees was ruled out for the season a month ago. However, backup QB Taysom Hill has exceeded expectations winning three out of four games as a starter. Their shock loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend will motivate them in their tie against the Chiefs.
Apart from Hill, the Saints will rely on RB Alvin Kamar for offensive support. With Michael Thomas ruled out, WR Emmanuel Sanders will play understudy to Hill. But the fate of New Orleans will lie in the hands of their defense who will need to be at their very best to thwart Patrick Mahomes and Co.
Having already qualified for the playoffs, Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs could be tempted to ease their foot on the pedal for this clash. They might want to rotate their squad in order to give their stars some much-needed rest. But with Mahomes in the mix for the NFL MVP award, the Chiefs will be working towards staying unbeaten till the regular season concludes.
The likes of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have been terrific in 2020. But will they hold back on purpose on Sunday remains to be seen.
DT Malcolm Brown – Shoulder/Calf
OG Nick Easton – Concussion
WR Michael Thomas – Ankle
WR Deonte Harris – Neck
LB Damien Wilson – Knee
OT Mike Remmers – Back/Neck
RB Darwin Thompson – Illness
OT Eric Fisher – Back
This game promises to be a heated affair. Both teams are gunning for glory, for their own reasons of course. But we feel that the Saints are going to edge out a win at their home turf by a very narrow margin. Taysom Hill is going to have the game of his life tonight so make sure you tune in.