Super Bowl gambling handicappers were impressed with the 14-0 start to the season for Indy and they became even bigger chalks with the Super Bowl odds. But now Indianapolis has enters Super Bowl gambling action coming off back to back losses to the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills along with a week off.
While the Colts are still the AFC favorites with the Super Bowl odds the way that they tanked their final two games leads to questions with many of those handicapping the NFL Super Bowl odds. The Colts enter Super Bowl gambling with what at first glance looks to be one of the most balanced teams in all of Super Bowl gambling.
Indianapolis ranked 7th overall for total points scored and 8th overall for total points permitted. But beneath the surface there are some legitimate Super Bowl gambling concerns. The Colts ranked dead last in rushing offense for the 2009 season.
The inability of the Colts to run the ball could prove to be their Super Bowl gambling downfall as defenses will be able to concentrate on stopping quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s most valuable player for 2009.
While Manning is perhaps the best quarterback in all of Super Bowl gambling he has had his share of post season struggles in the past and cannot carry the Colts alone without some help from the backfield. Another significant Super Bowl gambling concern for the Colts is their rushing defense that ranked 25th overall in the NFL.
Post season games often come down to stopping the run and controlling the line of scrimmage and the Colts have shown weaknesses in this area. The Colts proved to be a good value on the board for 2009 as they lost just 5 out of 16 games against the spread.
But the poor ending to their season has many gamblers concerned that they could get burned in yet another playoff failure by this franchise that has had more than their share of them in the Manning era.