Defensive line: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
The Saints have taken a big hit on the defensive line as both Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins are on the injured reserve, which has a huge impact on the team moving forward.
However, the defensive line still has one of the best defensive players in the league this season in Cameron Jordan and is a deep position group. Because of Jordan and the season he is having, the advantage goes to New Orleans.
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Linebackers: Advantage, Indianapolis Colts
The linebacker group is one of the strongest areas of the New Orleans Saints defense but it is also one of the strongest areas of the Colts defense, and in this game, the advantage goes to the Colts.
Both Kiko Alonso and A.J. Klein are still questionable for this game and the Colts have a great threesome of Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker and Bobby Okereke, giving them a small advantage over the Saints.
Cornerbacks: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
The secondary is the weak portion of both defenses and while Saints’ faithful might petition that the secondary is solid, it is hard to buy-in on a secondary that has been torched against every good quarterback that it has faced.
Marshon Lattimore is either elite or awful and it feels like there is no in-between and the 49ers did whatever they wanted through the air in Week 14. However, in terms of raw talent and the capability of Lattimore to be great, the advantage goes to New Orleans over a not-so-great Colts team.
Safeties: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
Again, not an exceptionally well position group for either side and the comparison pretty much comes down to Marcus Williams versus Malik Hooker.
Hooker is a solid safety and could make some things happen for the Colts’ defense but Williams has been having a career-year and gives the marginal advantage to New Orleans.