Saints vs. Broncos: Neither Offense Will Be Stopped in High-Scoring Game

Darin PikeContributor IOctober 28, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass while defended by linebacker Melvin Ingram #54 of the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos have two of the best offenses in the NFL. That is bound to happen when to of the best quarterbacks to play the game lead their respective teams.

Drew Brees is averaging 350 passing yards a game, good enough to lead the NFL. Peyton Manning has surpassed 300 yards in his last four games.

The Saints would be unstoppable if not for having a defense that just can't stop anyone.

Denver's defense has been good overall, but is vulnerable. 


When: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver


Spread: Denver -6 (via OddsShark)


Fans that like offense and scoring should love this matchup.

This game will be settled by quarterback play and which one can avoid making a mistake. The defenses will come into play, but only for which unit plays the worst. That greatly favors the Broncos.

The Saints defense has been characterized by breakdowns in coverage and poor execution. Manning will be able to take advantage of his opportunities and punish the Saints secondary.

New Orleans will be playing without Jimmy Graham in this game. It has the offensive weapons to fill in for him, though.

Marques Colston will be a matchup issue for the Bronco secondary and Devery Henderson should be able to run free. Brees can get them the ball with the slightest bit of separation.

Then there is the small but quick Lance Moore. He is a matchup nightmare. 

Tracy Porter will likely be on the sidelines on Sunday as he still hasn't received clearance following a recurrence of seizure issues.

Broncos CB Tracy Porter unlikely to play Sunday, per @michellebeisner: #NOvsDEN

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 27, 2012

His absence will make it that much more difficult for the Broncos to keep tabs on the plentiful offensive weapons.

The Saints aren't likely to look to the ground game much, so look for Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles to make a solid dent in the passing game.

Manning's offense will be at full strength. The Broncos will run a balanced attack and keep the Saints off-balance.

This game could fall to whichever team scores last.

There aren't many reasons to believe either offense will be slowed on Sunday night, but the altitude in Denver can get to visiting teams. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Saints held scoreless in the final frame, marking the difference in the game.

Final Score: Denver 38, New Orleans 27

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.