The Pats (5-2, 3-4 ATS) won last year’s meeting 24-20 in Indy, but the Colts (3-4, 3-4 ATS) stuck within the five-point spread. They’ve now covered four straight in this heated rivalry after New England went 5-0-1 ATS in the previous six meetings.
It was touch and go the entire way, but the Patriots avoided an embarrassing loss to the Rams by picking up a narrow 23-16 victory. Even though they fell just two points short of the football betting line, NFL betting gurus backing the Pats never really had a chance to cover the game.
QB Matt Cassel continued his best effort to replace superstar Tom Brady, but only went 21/33 for 267 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He’ll need to do better than that this weekend if he’s going to match wits with the Colts high-powered offense.
RB Kevin Faulk has proven invaluable to the Pats in their dynastic run over the past few years, and he once again did a little bit of everything against the Rams. He ran the ball 13 times for 60 yards and hauled in four passes for 47 yards and the game-winning score with just 3:19 remaining.
Things weren’t so rosy for football betting fans that backed Indianapolis last Monday night at Tennessee. The Colts fell four games behind the AFC South leading Titans with a 31-21 loss at LP Field on Monday night. QB Peyton Manning just hasn’t looked comfortable in the pocket all year.
He threw two more interceptions on Monday night, bringing his total to nine on the season. RB Domanick Rhodes filled in admirably for the absent Joseph Addai, toting the pigskin 25 times for a total of 109 yards, but it wasn’t enough to counter the three rushing touchdowns that the Titans put on the board.
It marked the second straight week that the Colts failed to beat the NFL betting odds on the road. Indianapolis has been installed as a 5.5-point home favorite in this game, with the ‘total’ coming in at 44.