(3-2, 3-2 ATS)
(3-2, 3-2 ATS)
For the first time in four years, the Indianapolis Colts will clash with the Washington Redskins in NFL betting action on Sunday Night Football.
The Colts really look like they need to come out of hibernation at some point. They were boring and vanilla all game last week against the Kansas City Chiefs at home, and though they escaped with a 19-9 victory, no one thinks that they are the most dominating force in the AFC. In fact, Indy might get challenged for the division throne this year, something that rarely happens. The Colts one of the four teams in the AFC South that are at 3-2 this year, and with an 0-2 record already amassed in division, tiebreakers are going to be brutal to try to win. QB Peyton Manning is still playing like an MVP though, in spite of the fact that he didn’t have a touchdown pass last weekend. Manning has thrown for 1,609 yards and 11 TDs this year, and he only has two picks to show for five games worth of work. His running game is still non-existent though, as RB Joseph Addai has really yet to get going on the season. In fact, the one touchdown that Indy did score to beat the NFL odds last week came from RB Mike Hart, who really hadn’t touched the field at all for this entire season before that game.
Washington is a 3-2 team as well and is also in a tie for first place in its division, the NFC East, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is buying in quite yet. If K Mason Crosby sails his kick just a shade to the right prior to overtime last week, the Green Bay Packers would look a heck of a lot better and the ‘Skins would look a heck of a lot worse. Of course, the same could be said in the other direction about K Graham Gano and his narrow miss from 52 yards away in overtime against the Houston Texans back in Week 2. The offense for Washington has really shown little this year, save for that loss against Houston, as it hasn’t put more than 17 points on the board in three straight and four out of five on the season. The defense hasn’t been much better though, allowing at least 30 twice. This is going to be the fifth time this year in which the Redskins are underdogs, and the fourth time of which it will happen at home. Washington is 3-1 ATS in those games prior to this point. QB Donovan McNabb might have changed the mentality in our nation’s capitol, but he hasn’t done much to improve the passing numbers. He only has four scores against three picks on the season and has only completed 56.5 percent of his passes.
We know that it seems to be rather “square” to take the Colts on SNF, but we just have to. Unless Washington plans on scoring a lot of points in a hurry, we can’t picture it keeping up. The Colts have too much talent, particularly offensively, to really get shut down for a second straight week.
Selection: Indianapolis Colts -3