Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 288 ViewsOn 10/15/2013 11:12 AM in NFL
One of the most anticipated games of the year will get underway this week in the NFL. On the big Sunday Night Football stage, Peyton Manning and the undefeated Broncos will make his triumphant return to play his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck will try to emerge from the shadow cast by Manning and hand the Broncos the first loss of the season and prove that he was a good replacement for the future Hall of Famer.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Odds
The Broncos may be on the road but they are undefeated and they are still the team to beat in the league. Because of this they are opened up as (-5.5) point favorites this spotlight game of the week. After watching the Colts lose on Monday night football the public is all over the Broncos as over 75 percent is betting on Denver. That big money coming in on the Broncos has pushed this point spread up and it can be currently found at (-6.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
If the Colts want to stay in this game against the Broncos they will need to work on their fundamentals. Colts receivers dropped 4 passes Monday, including a key drop by Coby Fleener in Chargers territory late in the first half. The Colts are the 3rd team this season to have at least 4 drops in back-to-back games. The Colts dropped 2 passes in their first 4 games combined. Meanwhile Jacksonville may have showed a game plan to beat the Broncos.
The Jaguars sent four or fewer rushers on 41 of Peyton Manning's 42 dropbacks Sunday (98%), the highest rate against Manning since he joined the Broncos. By flooding the secondary with defenders, Manning was limited in a way he hadn't been this season. - Broncos receivers were held to 116 yards after the catch, their season low. The Colts can try and mirror that game plan to get the win.
The latest football betting trends for this game indicate that the road team could be in trouble for this meeting. The Broncos are 0-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 meetings, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Indianapolis and 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Colts are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game and 20-9-2 ATS against a team with a winning record.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.