NFL betting anticipation continues to grow for Sunday’s key AFC showdown between the Colts and Patriots as it could have long term NFL gambling post season ramifications.
The New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a national telecast on CBS and a kickoff time of 4:20 PM Eastern. Sports-Gambling opened with New England as a 3 point favorite and with an over/under of 50.0.
The New England Patriots made a very strong statement on NBC Sunday Night Football last week when they took apart the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 39-26 road payout to improve their overall NFL betting record to 7-2 straight up and 5-3-1 against the spread with 7 of their games going over the total.
New England is tied for first place in the AFC East with the New York Jets. The Patriots have won 6 out of their last 7 games and have gone over the total 3 straight weeks. The New England offense ranks atop the NFL for scoring while the young and revamped defense ranks 24th for points allowed and has been somewhat inconsistent.
Tom Brady is having a stellar All Pro season at quarterback with a 98.8 quarterback rating and a 17/4 touchdown/interception ratio. The one offensive worry is the lack of a big play receiver.
The Indianapolis Colts have a NFL football gambling record of 6-3 straight up and 5-3-1 against the spread with 5 of their games going over the total. The Colts rank 4th overall in the NFL for scoring and 3rd in the NFL for passing.
The big issue with the Colts is their 29th ranked rush defense although they do rank a respectable 11th for points allowed. The Colts are coming off a 23-17 win over Cincinnati although the failed to cover as 6.5 point home chalks.
It was the first loss against the spread in 5 games for the Colts, who lead the AFC South by 1game over Tennessee and Jacksonville. Peyton Manning continues to prove himself as one of the top betting on NFL football assets with a 93.6 QB rating and a 16/4 TD/INT ratio.
The Patriots have paid out in just 1 of their last 6 meetings with the Colts and the chalk has paid out in only 3 of the last 16 meetings.