What a surprise: The Denver Broncos are on national television. Again. I enjoy watching Peyton Manning as much as anyone else, but this is getting a bit ridiculous. This will be the fourth time in Denver's seven games that it will play on Sunday or Monday night. A showcase in front of America to watch Manning's brilliant line-of-scrimmage adjustments and ability to mask an arm void of strength.
But will Manning be able to figure out the Joe Vitt-led New Orleans Saints? That's right, the moment we've all been looking forward to. The interim coach takes the reins from interim-interim coach Aaron Kromer on Sunday night. After losing their first four, the Saints have won two straight and have put themselves at least somewhat back into the conversation of teams that are relevant in 2012.
In a game featuring two of the highest profile stars in the NFL in Manning and Drew Brees, the betting action -- especially considering it's a stand-alone game -- figures to be huge. And the total on the game is huge as well, settling in right now at 55.5.
This will be Manning's first time facing the Saints since Super Bowl XLIV, when the Indianapolis Colts, a 4.5-point favorite, were upset. That game effectively ended when Manning was intercepted by Tracy Porter, who returned the ball for a 74-yard score to put the Saints up 31-17.
According to ESPN Insider's PickCenter, an overwhelming 63.1 percent of fans are backing the Saints plus the points. The Saints aren't a significant underdog often, so fans are obviously excited to get that opportunity.
Spread: Opened at Broncos -3.5; now Broncos -6.5
Total: Opened at 54.5; now 55.0