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We begin this piece with a Marlon Mack rushing prop that looks a little off to us.
We’re looking to build on a 16-7 (70%) overall record in Week 15, including a massive sweat on last night’s SNF win. Let’s jump in.
Colts RB Marlon Mack
Over 14.5 Rush Attempts (-125)
Mack had 13 rush attempts in his return from a hand injury against the league-best Tampa Bay run defense last week. This week’s matchup against the Saints as almost as tough, but there’s good news:
- The Saints are down two major pieces along their defensive line
- Mack should have a bigger role this week than last
New Orleans has allowed fewer RB rush attempts than any team in the league as the opposition has gone out of its way to avoid elite run-stuffing tackle Sheldon Rankins. He’s out for this one, as is DE Marcus Davenport, who also grades out well in run defense.
With TY Hilton again unlikely to suit up, the Colts are down to Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson at WR. They’re not going to win a shootout under the dome in New Orleans, so their best bet is to keep Drew Brees and company off the field with a heavy dose of Mack against a depleted defensive line.
Don’t be too scared off by Mack’s lack of involvement last week, where he played just 41% of snaps. The matchup was a nightmare, and the team was likely bringing him along slowly coming off the multi-week absence.
Even accounting for a few games where he’s missed time with injury, Mack is still averaging 18.6 attempts per game with a median result of 19.
You may be scared off by the game script, but rest assured Frank Reich is not. He’ll keep running that ball all night if he’s in the mood, scoreboard be damned — Mack is averaging 17.8 carries in losses this year.
In fact, Reich appears to want to run even more when his team is an underdog. It’s a small sample, but over the last two years, Mack is averaging 21.3 rush attempts when his Colts go in as underdogs of six points or more.
He averages 16.8 attempts the rest of the time.
That makes Mack less gamescript dependent than most RBs. Combined with a line that appears overly weighed down by last week’s weird game, and you have our favorite play of the night.