NFL odds have continued to beat the Colts like a drum in preseason play as Indianapolis was 0-3 both straight up and with the NFL betting odds in 2010 exhibition action.
The Colts latest preseason game was their worst debacle yet as they were blown out at Green Bay by the Packers 59-24 as 4 point road dogs. The prior week Indianapolis lost in poor fashion at Buffalo 21-34, which came after their preseason opener against San Francisco which was a 37-17 loss.
Since the days of head coach Tony Dungy the Colts have placed very little emphasis on the preseason and have gone just 6-18 against the spread in exhibition play since 2005.
The Colts have long been a veteran playoff contending team that has had one goal in preseason and that has been to come out of it unscathed, healthy and with a complete starting lineup for the regular season opener.
Even in the blowout loss with the NFL betting lines at Green Bay the Colts still sustained injuries. Running back Joseph Addai left the contest in the 3rd quarter due to a concussion and linebacker Gary Brackett suffered an injury to his right hand.
Also hurt was cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), offensive tackle Tony Ugoh (toe), and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (groin).
On the bright spot quarterback Peyton Manning was stellar as he threw for 214 yards and a touchdown. The defending NFL Most Valuable Player Award winner was philosophical about the loss with the NFL lines.
“Obviously the score got away at the end, which is certainly possible in the preseason,” said Manning. “You’re playing a lot of young guys. Offensively, some things that we did well, but as with most preseason games, there are some things that we can certainly improve on.”
“It wasn’t 59 points against our starters, it was 59 points overall,” said Colts head coach Jim Caldwell.
The Colts had center Jeff Saturday and tight end Dallas Clark out of the lineup against Green Bay.
Their preseason finale will be against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 2 before the regular season opener with the NFL odds at Houston on September 12 in a key AFC South Division showdown with the Texans, who are favored to challenge the Colts for the top spot in the division.