If history is any sort of guide in this matter the Indianapolis Colts are not in a good position heading into the team’s third NFL betting lines matchup of the preseason. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints in last year’s Super Bowl the Indianapolis Colts chances of getting back to the big game this year are very slim in deed.
Traditionally the loser of a Super Bowl spirals downward in the standings the previous year and not only doesn’t make the Super Bowl again but rarely even makes the playoffs.
However, most teams that lose the Super Bowl don’t have Peyton Manning under center and that is why there is no panic in Indy entering during the betting NFL preseason action. Manning has proven year in and year out to be the best player in the league and capable of leading this team to the post season seemingly in his sleep.
This year team is actually better than the one that made the Super Bowl last year as the receiving corps has improved with experience and the defense has picked up some much needed help on the D-Line and should be able to produce enough pressure on opponent’s QBs to make the CBs and secondary job much easier this year.
Heading into the Thursday matchup against the Green Bay Packers this unit will be severely tested as Aaron Rodgers leads one of the most potent passing attacks in sports betting. The Packers are also among the pre-season favorites to reach the Super Bowl and are as solid all around team as you’ll find in the NFC. The Packers only weakness last season was the running game, but with Rodgers blossoming into one of the best QBs in the league, not many people noticed.
Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 8:05 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Packers as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44. It’s hard to argue with a nod to the Pack as they’ll be playing at home at the football-crazed Mecca of Lambeau Field.
A smart bet on this might be taking the under, 44 points is a lot of points for a preseason game and many fans forget that these teams also have pretty good starting defenses.