The Indianapolis Colts host the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game on Sunday in a rematch from a Week 16 contest that the Jets won 29-15. That was the game in which the Colts led 15-10 before pulling their starters. The Jets dominated the Indianapolis backup players and won going away. The Colts were criticized for pulling their starters in that game and now it could come back to haunt them since they face a New York team they could have eliminated.
The Colts are a 7.5 point favorite with a total of 39 at SBG Global.
New York has been hearing about how they won against the Indianapolis backups and they could use that as motivation although head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t believe his team needs extra motivation. “This is the AFC championship,” said Ryan, “The motivation is going to come from the fact that the winner of this game advances to the Super Bowl Odds. That’s probably motivation enough.”
The Colts usually win games with Peyton Manning throwing the ball all over the field while the Jets are just the opposite as they run over teams. New York was the top-ranked rushing team in the NFL while the Colts were the worst. Manning threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns last week while the running game produced only 25 yards. The Colts are going to be challenged against a New York defense that was the best in the NFL Betting league. The Jets shut down the high-powered San Diego Chargers last week and they might be able to do the same thing to Manning and the Colts. In fact, in the last eight games only Indianapolis scored more than 14 points against the Jets defense.
The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games. The Jets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog. The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings against the Colts.
The Colts are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Colts are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The Colts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 playoff home games.