NFL betting changes began with the retirement of respected head coach Tony Dungy, who led the Colts to their greatest success against the NFL odds since their move from Baltimore. There were two other NFL betting factors from the coaching staff in the off season as long time offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd both retired as well.
Jim Caldwell will take over as the head man and will face a stiff challenge against the NFL odds. Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach for 3 seasons before being named assistant head coach in 2005. His leadership has helped Indianapolis become one of the top offensive teams in all of NFL betting.
While the Colts finished Dungy’s last season with a 12-4 straight up record they were just 8-7-1 against the NFL betting line and imploded in the playoffs at lightly regarded 8-8 San Diego 17-23 in overtime for a bitter farewell to the Dungy era.
The Colts began the season just 3-4 before winning their final 9 regular season games, with 5 of those games being NFL betting payoffs. Peyton Manning will return for his 12th NFL betting campaign and is coming off another strong season in which he hit on 66.8% of his passes for 4002 yards and a 27/12 touchdown/interception ratio.
He had a final quarterback rating of 95.0. Reggie Wayne was Manning’s top target in the 2008 NFL betting season as he had 82 catches for 1145 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Colts suffered from a significant lack of rushing ability last NFL betting season as their ground attack ranked 31st out of 32 teams.
This served to keep the heat on Manning for most of the year and allowed defenses to “cheat”. The Colts defense ranked 11th overall in the league and that is where Dungy’s departure may have the greatest impact as defense was his strength and area of expertise.
With all of these changes and division rivals Tennessee proven and Houston coming on strong the Colts face a stiff challenge for 2009.
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