Quarterback: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees was not looking quite like himself leading up to Week 14 but in Week 14 he looked like vintage Brees, showing that he is still good enough to take the Saints all the way and win the Super Bowl.
Brees did not need that performance to have the advantage over Jacoby Brissett. Brissett is a good quarterback and the Saints should not take him lightly, but he is nowhere close to being Drew Brees.
Running backs: Advantage, Indianapolis Colts
I know that Saint fans are going to hate me for this one but the advantage at the running back position has to go to the Colts. In terms of pure athleticism and ability to make people miss, Alvin Kamara looks to be one of the best in the league.
However, he still has not taken that extra step to being a top-five running back that we all expected him to be with Mark Ingram gone. Granted, Latavius Murray has performed very well in the chances he gets and Kamara has been far from bad, but the advantage is still in favor of the Colts.
It is hard for me to pick a team that is ranked 16th in rushing yards per game over a team that is ranked sixth in rushing yards per game, even if the Saints also utilize their running backs in the passing game.
Wide receivers: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
The Saints have the best wide receiver in football this season in Michael Thomas, who is on pace to break a record from a former Colt, Marvin Harrison, for most receptions in one season.
The Colts are in a similar situation where the No. 1 receiver, T.Y. Hilton, is very solid but it is pretty thin after that. With Thomas being better than Hilton, the advantage is clear.
Tight end: Advantage, New Orleans Saints (conditionally)
This is a conditional advantage as it all depends if Jared Cook plays on Monday night. If he does, with Eric Ebron being on the IR, then the advantage easily goes to the Saints. However, if not, we are deciding between Jack Doyle and Josh Hill and that answer is clear.
Offensive line: Advantage, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are one of few teams in the NFL that can actually make the case of having as good of an offensive line as the Saints and in this game they have the advantage. It is the Colts’ O-line that makes the running game so successful and it is entering this game healthy and ready to continue the trends from all season.
Meanwhile, the Saints will be without Andrus Peat and could be without Terron Armstead. If they are both healthy it is a close decision that can swing either way, with them out, the advantage goes to the Colts.