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Behind Enemy Lines: What the Indianapolis Colts are saying about the New Orleans Saints for Week 15

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The Saints (10-3), who have won three of their past four games, host the Colts (6-7) this Monday night in a battle that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lead the all-time series with the Indianapolis Colts, 7-5 in the regular season, while also picking up the 31-17 victory in Super Bowl XLIV. Of the 11 regular contests between the two clubs, five have been decided by six points or less, with New Orleans winning four including escaping Lucas Oil Field Stadium with a 27-21 win on October 25, 2015.

Indianapolis Colts quotes

Head coach Frank Reich on the upcoming offensive battle:
"That is kind of paramount in this game. How that will play out will be a big factor in the game. The Saints have been great against the run, very stout, athletic, the guys up front, the linebackers have been aggressive and downhill, safeties and nickel players who get involved in the box. Dennis Allen does a great job of scheming that up to cheat the coverage to get the nickel and the safety into the front to stop the run, so they do a good job of that."

Head coach Frank Reich on Alvin Kamara:
"I see a really versatile, smart, tough player. I really think highly of him. When he came out, I did a pretty extensive film study on him and his college career and had a pretty long and extensive interview with him coming out and was just impressed by him. I think one of the things that impressed me the most talking to him was not only how instinctive a player he is, but how smart of a player he is. He understands, with my experience with players like him that understand the big picture, they're just more instinctive and have the trait where they are extremely smart and understand what is going on. I think that's why he's as good a player as he is. With the explosive plays, it's easy enough to understand that sometimes some weeks and years they fall into your lap and then they're better under the long haul. But this is a an explosive player."

Head coach Frank Reich on Drew Brees*potentially break Peyton Manning's all-time touchdown record on Monday:*
"He has set a new standard when it comes to accuracy. His longevity is impressive for a guy his size. He has been self-made, his work ethic to physically stay on top of his game is legendary. I know I worked with Chase Daniel in Philadelphia a little bit and just hearing Chase talk about Drew and some other people who have worked with him and know Drew well, I think he's one of those rare guys who really has set the bar high at the position. This is what the position is all about."

Colts running back Nyheim Hines on playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:
"It's gonna be loud. It's one of the places I've wanted to play since I've been in the NFL. Really excited for the environment. They have a lot of great players - a lot of well-named guys that I don't even have to name. I'm excited to see them and go out there and compete and see what we can do and put our best foot forward."

Colts safety Malik Hooker on Alvin Kamara:
"He's a heck of a player. He can run the ball. He can catch the ball. When you're dynamic like that, obviously it's hard to tackle. It's rare that guys tackle him one-on-one. When you are a player like that - you're capable of catching, running the ball and you normally don't go down with first contact, it's normally trouble for teams."

Statistical Comparison

Table inside Article
Saints Colts
Record 10-3 6-7
Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank) 26.5 (5) 22.7 (17)
Opp. Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank) 22.8 (17) 22.7 (16)
Total Off. (NFL Rank) 369.4 (12) 341.1 (20)
Rushing Off. (NFL Rank) 108.0 (16) 133.4 (6)
Passing Off. (NFL Rank) 261.4 (8) 207.7 (25)
Total Def. (NFL Rank) 338.3 (13) 345.1 (15)
Rushing Def. (NFL Rank) 94.2 (5) 99.7 (8)
Passing Def. (NFL Rank) 244.1 (20) 245.4 (22)
Kickoff Return Avg. (NFL Rank) 22.3 (12) 22.1 (16)
Punt Return Avg. (NFL Rank) 9.6 (4) 10.7 (2)
Turnover Margin (NFL Rank) +11 (3t) Even (16)
Penalties 100 77
Penalty Yards 870 722
Opp. Penalties 74 88
Opp. Penalty Yards 554 737

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