Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers: Preview and Pick
9 Replies | 286 ViewsOn 09/16/2013 06:26 PM in NFL
The Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers are expected to be two of the better teams in the NFL season. Although entering week three and the game against one another both teams have one loss a pieces. It could be argued that the Colts loss was uglier but the focus will be on Andrew Luck and his old coach John Harbaugh.
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the 49ers listed as a nine point favorites. That line was destined to move and when the Colts lost to the Dolphins this line shot up and went over the key number at (-10.5) which can be found at several top rated online sportsbooks. Although the 49ers were crushed at the Seahawks in week two it has not changed the public betting opinion of the football betting public who are on the 49esr bandwagon to the tune of 52 percent which is sure to go up by game time.
The Colts are in trouble and do not seem to offer much outside of superstar quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts are very thin on the offensive line and they allowed five sacks against the Miami Dolphins and now face a tougher defense in the 49ers. The Colts need to protect Luck to succeed. This defense should be very unhappy after facing the Seahawks and getting beat up on the road.
The Colts will hope to slow down this offense by using the same scheme the Seahawks had. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not complete a pass thrown 15-plus yards downfield Sunday for the first time in 12 career starts (including the postseason). The Seahawks sacked or put Colin Kaepernick under duress on 13 of his 35 dropbacks (37.1 percent) and he was 1-7 for 14 yards on those plays. The Colts will try and put that same pressure on the quarterback, but they may not have the same talent.
The latest NFL betting trends reveal some interesting betting angles going into this game. The Colts are just 4-13 straight up in the last 17 games on the road and they have failed backers by posting a 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in the last six games overall. The 49ers are 17-7-1 straight up in the last 25 games overall and dominating at home with a 16-6-1 ATS record in the last 23 games in front of the home fans.
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.