Football odds will have to factor in Jim Caldwell in his NFL betting debut with the Colts as he was promoted after the retirement of Tony Dungy this past off season. These two teams met last year in a matchup against the football odds as the Colts defeated the Vikings 18-15 to get the NFL betting win as 1-point road chalks as the game stayed under the total of 43.
The football odds for this matchup opened with the Colts as a 2-point favorite and an over/under total of 35. The fact that this is Caldwell’s first game as head coach against the football odds may serve as an intangible edge for the Colts.
The Vikings enter action against the preseason football odds having just been jilted at the altar by Brett Favre, who they were courting all off season to be their starting quarterback.
Tarvaris Jackson, who led the Vikings impressively down the stretch and into the playoffs injured his knee early in camp but the party line is that he is OK and ready to go. It is doubtful that Jackson will see much action against the football odds in the preseason opener considering that injury.
Viking backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels will figure to see plenty of action against the preseason football odds and could even potentially steal the number one job if he performs exceptionally well. Rosenfels has decent career numbers with a career quarterback rating of 81.2 and a 30/29 touchdown/interception ratio.
Rosenfels should figure to want to get the ball to number one draft choice Percy Harvin, a wide receiver out of Florida, throughout the preseason. Caldwell is leading the Colts with an enthusiastic and positive approach against the preseason football odds.
While there will be no huge changes in how the veteran Colts approach the season Caldwell is willing to tweak here and there. Peyton Manning should see limited preseason action as backups Jay Sorgi and Curtis Painter figure to get most of the snaps.
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