It’s the second draft pick versus the highest-paid, only not necessarily and rather highly unlikely. Still, the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Indianapolis Colts will provide a great opportunity for NFL gambling fans to get in on some action on Saturday, August 27th when these two teams clash at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Eagles have been looking pretty, pretty, pretty good, getting the best of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, as we’re about to see in more detail, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In week 2 of the preseason, the Eagles shutout the Steelers 17-0. No. 2 overall pick in the draft Carson Wentz sat the game out with broken ribs, but QB Sam Bradford led the Eagles’ offense to a late-first half field goal for a 10-point lead. Bradford completed 14 passes of 19 attempts for 115 yards. Chase Daniel took over under center in the second half, and led Philly on a 15-play, 87-yard touchdown drive. A 23-yard pass to wide receiver Paul Turner helped set up running back Kenjon Barner's 5-yard touchdown run. Daniel threw 10 of 16 for 82 yards. However, much of the credit for the final score could go to Steelers QB Landry Jones, who threw four interceptions – the first of which resulted in a 38-yard return TD by CB Nolan Carroll.
As for the Colts, they started the preseason on the right foot beating the Buffalo Bills, but their NFL gambling luck ran out versus the Baltimore Ravens. Speaking of Luck, Colts QB Andrew completed all eight of his attempted passes for 69 yards and no TDs, led the Indy on two long drives, and avoided being sacked or intercepted. Luck opened the game by leading a 61-yard drive that set up placekicker Adam Vinatieri for a short field goal. He had the Colts in scoring position again, but tight end Dwayne Allen lost a fumble at the Ravens 18-yard line. Luck’s performance was a moral victory for Indianapolis, who lost 18-19 to Baltimore.
As sports gambling fans might recall, the Eagles and the Colts last encountered each other during the 2015 preseason, on which occasion the letter defeated the former 36-10 at Lincoln Financial Field. Actually, NFL gambling fans might remember that day better as one of Tim Tebow’s last appearances on a football gridiron, long before dreams of baseball glory. Tebow completed 6 of 12 passes for 69 yards, ran for a touchdown, and was sacked two times. Furthermore, running back Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score. Before that, the Colts lost to the Eagles on week 2 of the 2014 regular season. Then Philly QB Nick Foles – now with the Kansas City Chiefs – threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 left on the clock, and then set up kicker Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, leading the Eagles to a 30-27 victory. The Eagles have been struggling in the wide receiver department, which led to the acquisition of Dorial Green-Beckham from the Tennessee Titans.