NFL Betting – New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

NFL Betting Matchup - New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

Matchup: New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

Date/Time: Sunday, November 16 – 8:30 PM ET

TV Coverage: NBC

NFL Betting Odds From BetAnySports

NFL Betting Pointspread: Indianapolis -3

Total: 57.5 points

The Indianapolis Colts carry with them the bitter memory of last year’s one-sided playoff loss to the New England Patriots. On Sunday night they can get some payback, as these teams get together for NFL betting action that begins at 8:30 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

They met in the divisional round of the AFC post-season, and New England came away with a 43-22 victory, which was punctuated with six touchdowns on the ground. That obviously seems highly unusual for a team that generally makes its living through the air. It is most likely that the Patriots are going to have to go the air route in this one, because their backfield has been thinned out. But it seems as if Tom Brady’s short passing game can substitute for ground attack, especially if he can continue to make connections with tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has caught four of his touchdown passes over the last two games. And BetAnySports customers who had written this team off just a month and a half ago must have been shocked by their performance in those contests, as they jumped all over the Chicago Bears with a 51-23 destruction, then took apart the Denver Broncos, who lost by a 43-21 score and didn’t know what hit them.

NFL bettors remember that Andrew Luck threw four interceptions against New England in that playoff game last season. There’s no guarantee he’s not going to make mistakes; in fact, he has thrown nine interceptions this year, and that does not compare favorably to Brady (22 TDs, just three interceptions). But those analyzing the NFL odds for Sunday night have to take into account that Luck is well protected, having been sacked only 14 times this season. And he is on quite a streak, with 300 yards passing in seven consecutive games. The guy who has really made strides for Indianapolis is TY Hilton, who could go over the 1000-yard mark in Sunday night’s game, and who is averaging almost 17 yards a catch. Hilton is probably the guy who will draw the coverage from New England’s shutdown cornerback, Darrelle Revis. But Luck does a pretty good job of spreading the ball around; there are no less than seven different receivers that have at least 200 yards in catches this season.

BetAnySports patrons have to admit that Indianapolis is improved on defense this year. They are holding their opponents to just 30% conversions on third-down. And they have the ground element, especially after the acquisition of Ahmad Bradshaw in the off-season. These guys can play a little smash mouth, so they certainly hope to turn the tables on a New England squad that punched them right in the face of the line of scrimmage when these two last met. Most people expect that this game will be a shootout, and they are probably not wrong, judging from the respective scores these squads have posted lately. The Patriots are a very potent team against the football pointspread when they are the underdog, covering 15 at of their last 20 in that situation.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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