Date/Time: August 18th, 7:00 PM ET
Spread: Giants -1.5
There was a time that a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants would be pitting brother against brother and would be one of the biggest spectacles of the season. That isn’t the case this year, but this remains an intriguing NFL betting battle on Sunday night on FOX.
Last season, Head Coach Chuck Pagano let QB Andrew Luck do a heck of a lot. He saw Luck put the ball up for grabs, watched him heave it deep, and watched him try to thread the needle. This year, Luck is apparently being given almost Peyton Manning treatment. Last week, Luck only took 10 snap, and he went just 4-of-6 for 51 yards before being taken out. Even backup QB Matt Hasselbeck didn’t do all that much either, going 4-of-8 for 75 yards with a TD and a pick. The real question that we have for the Colts is whether QB Chandler Harnish is going to turn out to be a better player than he was at the end of that game last week. Harnish made a horrifying debut as a rookie, going 14-of-33 for 109 yards with a pick six. The offense stalled time and time again, and the truth of the matter is that this is a man that probably isn’t cut out to play at this level.
The Giants have a much better stable of quarterbacks, especially once you get past QB Eli Manning, who inevitably isn’t going to be playing all that much on Sunday. Manning only threw five passes, the last of which went for 57 yards and a touchdown to one of his favorite receivers, WR Victor Cruz. Unfortunately for Head Coach Tom Coughlin and company, there really wasn’t a lot to be happy about offensively aside from that. There was only one carry that went for more than nine yards on the day, and QB David Carr, QB Curtis Painter, and QB Ryan Nassib really didn’t do all that much very notable either. Carr was 7-of-11 for 64 yards and pretty much did what he was asked to do, but Painter and Nassib, both of which are fighting for roster spots, were awful. The pressure was really on Nassib playing for the Giants, knowing that he could have been a first round pick this year in the NFL Draft. Instead, he freefell through rounds and rounds before getting picked up to perhaps eventually be Eli’s backup.
We have to think that the Giants are going to come up with a better plan in this one than Indy will, especially if the Colts are going to be relying upon Harnish to play more than a quarter of the game. We want the Giants on our side, if for no other reason, we want no part of the former Northern Illinois Huskies superstar.
Indianapolis Colts @ New York Giants Pick: New York Giants -1.5
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