Indianapolis is 0-8 so far this year, and the Falcons have a winning 4-3 record. But their weakness against the Colts in the past indicates that this game may be a lot closer than anyone predicts. In the past three games between these two teams, Indianapolis has come out on top every time, usually pounding the Falcons in dramatic fashion.
However, this Sunday's game may just be the opportunity Atlanta is looking for to overcome their past miseries against the Colts and bury them. The sportsbook lists the Falcons as the -7 point favorites to win, and why would that be otherwise? The over-under is set at 44 1/2. Although unlikely, the Colts are facing a winless season right now.
Indianapolis has been having a tough year, to say the least. The team is scoring an average of only 15.1 points per game, while giving up 31.5 points per game. The Colts are giving up an average of 144 rushing yards per game, and the Falcons have a strong running game. If they choose to force the run, the Colts will have an incredibly difficult time keeping up and may find themselves down early.
The Falcons are averaging 22.6 points per game, while giving up an average of 22.3. They are 2-1 at home and 2-2 on the road so far this season. Atlanta has a strong defense, allowing only 98.4 rushing yards per game, so expect the Colts to have to rely on their passing game, where they average 192.8 yards passing per game.
Indianapolis is weak this year in both their offense and defense, ranking 30th in the league in total offense and scoring. Their eight losses so far this year have matched their combined losses of the previous two NFL seasons, and their nine-year stretch of making it to the postseason is basically over unless a miracle occurs in the second half of the season.