If the Indianapolis Colts’ season wasn’t already over, this game against the New Orleans Saints would be the nail in the coffin.
For much of the season, the Colts looked like they might be the feel-good story of the year. After the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett stepped into the starting quarterback job, and things began well. Indy started the year 5-2, and Brissett has proven to be starting caliber, if not the player that Luck was.
But then, more injuries kept coming. Marlon Mack missed time. T.Y. Hilton got injured. Even kicker Adam Vinatieri has been sidelined. At a certain point, there is a level of attrition no team can overcome, no matter how great an underdog story it would be.
By contrast, things have gone right for an extremely talented Saints squad. Though New Orleans lost Drew Brees early in the season, backup Teddy Bridgewater kept the team afloat, and the veteran came back in top form. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara have been healthy, and their supporting cast on both sides of the ball has stayed mostly intact.
Despite their narrow shootout loss to the 49ers last week, the Saints look poised for a deep postseason run while the Colts look like they will narrowly miss the playoffs. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Saints vs. Colts, including what to watch for on the field.
New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts
- When: 8:15pm ET, Monday, Dec. 16
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Streaming: Monday Night Football airs exclusively on ESPN. You can stream ESPN on a number of streaming platforms.
Saints vs. Colts live stream: How to watch MNF online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts live stream: What to expect
Expect the Saints to beat down this depleted Colts team.
Once a tough team for anyone to play, Indy has become a shadow of themselves, losing three straight. Most recently, the Colts lost to the lowly Buccaneers. In that game, the mediocre Bucs D limited Marlon Mack to just 38 yards on the ground and Marcus Johnson and Zach Pascal outperformed the other Colts’ receivers. Though Pascal has had a nice season, the Indy receiving corps isn’t exactly packed without household names and is light on game-changing talent.
The defense didn’t fair any more impressively. The middling unit only sacked Jameis Winston once.
Even in a rare loss, the Saints looked great last week. New Orleans got into a shootout with the 49ers in what may have been a matchup of the league’s two best teams. The Niners won on a last-second field goal, but it easily could have gone the other way. Drew Brees threw for five touchdowns. Michael Thomas racked up 134 receiving yards. On a quiet day for Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray averaged almost 10 yards per carry.
On defense, Craig Robertson had five tackles and an interception while Vonn Bell notched eight tackles.
In every game, new stars emergy in New Orleans who find new ways to control the game. Yes, the 49ers beat them, but if they match up again in the NFC Championship game, it could easily go the other way.
The Saints won’t have this kind of trouble this week though. Expect New Orleans to steamroll the Colts.
According to William Hill, the Saints are 9-point favorites.
Saints: Dec. 22, at Tennessee Titans; Dec. 29, at Carolina Panthers
Colts: Dec. 22, vs. Carolina Panthers; Dec. 29, at Jacksonville Jaguars
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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