NFL betting lines handicappers looking for an angle in Thursday’s preseason game between the Colts and Bills may find one with a motivated backup quarterback at Indianapolis. Chris Painter had a horrible exhibition opener as he was intercepted 3 times as well as having a botched handoff recovered by the opposing San Francisco 49ers as Indianapolis lost 37-17.
Painter is likely to come out onto the field at Buffalo with determination to get back on track and to ward off a challenge from Tom Brandstater for the number 2 quarterback job.
Painter had had his share of bad moments with the Colts as was the case last year when Indy was undefeated at 14-0 before head coach Jim Caldwell decided to pull key starters midway through a home game against the New York Jets. Painter was clearly no Peyton Manning as he was intercepted, sacked and booed off the Lucas Oil Stadium field. Painter had the nerve to watch the tape from last year’s fiasco in order to better prepare himself for the preseason.
“I watched it to evaluate it and self-scout,” said Painter. “I’m critical of myself, and I know I could have done better things. I was just a little off.”
Painter is well known by local fans as an Indiana kid that played his college ball at Purdue. He is in his second year on the job and continues as the understudy to NFL Most Valuable Player and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
Painter, in some ways, was the victim of circumstances last year as he was thrust in a horrible position with angry Colts fans disappointed that they were not going to see their team try to complete an undefeated regular season. Painter and the Colts went from a hot sports betting commodity to a team that gamblers jumped against.
Despite the bad debut last year and horrible preseason opener in 2010 Painter has shown signs of improvement in this year’s training camp.
“You do get more familiar things in your second season, you have a better grasp of it,” said Painter. “Here you can dedicate your days and nights to football, and there are a lot more things that go into it.”
Handicappers that are betting NFL preseason action can expect to see Painter on the field for plenty of snaps in the next 3 weeks. He has ignored the boos and said, “I don’t worry too much about outside factors because I have too much to worry about in the game.”