There is little doubt that Peyton Manning is one of the greatest QBs in NFL betting odds history. Almost any time he steps on the field his Colts’ are favored to win the game and based on the team’s success during his tenure it’s hard to argue with the logic. Under Manning’s watch the Colts have won the AFC South division title 6 of the past 7 seasons, made it to the Super Bowl twice and even hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in 2006.
But this could be the year where the Colts take a back seat in their own division to an up and coming Houston Texans team that for the past several years has been within a whisker of becoming a playoff caliber team.
When these two teams meet on Sunday you can be sure that this will be no usual season opener with both teams looking to send a message to the league and establish themselves as the team to beat in the AFC South.
Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and sbgglobal opened with the Colts as a 2-point favorite with an over/under total at 47.
It might seem like it’s a bit premature to talk of the Colts demise and the Texans rise considering the Colts are coming off a near perfect season (14-2 regular season) in which they grabbed the AFC Championship title.
Contrast that with the Texans 9-7 season in which they failed to make the playoffs and it may seem like there’s’ little reason to think that Colts reign at the top is over. But consider that the Texans return the league’s leading passer (Matt Schaub 4,770 yards in ’09) and receiver (Andre Johnson 1,569 yards) and one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL betting odds competition.
Add to that a defense that has gotten better every year over the past few seasons and has very young and talented core led by DE Demario Williams.
The Texans are no longer intimidated by the Colts and their success, and for the first time they truly believe they can beat this team. Granted beating Manning and Co., a team that will be much improved on defense with the return of S Bob Sanders and likely better on offense, will be no easy task. But if you’re looking on a sports betting upset this Sunday, this could be it.