It’s a pretty novel thing to see two brothers on opposite teams in the NFL Gambling matchups starting at QB and playing against one another. In fact the case of the Manning brothers, Eli and Peyton, is one of the most interesting stories in NFL history as both are highly successful, both have won a Super Bowl and their father Archie was a pretty decent QB in his own right.
But all that pedigree means nothing when these two teams square off this weekend and there will be a lot more than just bragging rights at the dinner table up for grabs.
The Colts (0-1) are coming off a shocking Week 1 loss to their division rival the Houston Texans. The Giants (1-0) are coming off an ugly win at home against a very bad Carolina team. Both teams need a win to keep pace in their respective divisions and silence the many critics who had very little positive commentary about both team’s Week 1 performance.
Kickoff for this night Sunday sports betting matchup is set for 8:20 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Colts as a 5-point favorite with an over/under total at 40.
The Giants struggled in the first half against the Colts are lucky to get the win on a 3 INT day by Eli. He rebounded though in the second half and neutralized the turnovers by tossing 3 TDs as well. The run game, what used to be the meat of this offense, was less than inspiring with just 118 net yards on the day against a very pedestrian Carolina defense.
Nonetheless the Giants got the win even it was thanks mostly to some extraordinary bad QB play by the Panthers (Matt Moore finished with a (32.6 passer rating). And that’s more than the Colts can say.
The Colts got down early to the Texans and couldn’t climb their back despite a masterful performance by Peyton (433 yards, 3 TDs). The offense was clicking after some terrific half-time adjustments but the Colts defense gave the game up on the ground.
Unheralded 2nd year RB Arian Foster shattered records on his way to a 231 yards 3 TD day against a helpless Indy defense. After losing S Bob Sanders, a key component to the run defense and will struggle against New York’s run attack.
The NFL gambling odds makers are likely correct with the pick but the game could be closer than 5 points.