Colts to Feast?

The third leg of our Thanksgiving edition of football finds the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons squaring off in a game most won’t be able to see…yeah!!!! Continue calling or writing your cable company if they still don’t carry the NFL Network. In the meantime, head over to a buddy’s house that has it and partake in the festivities.

Oddsmakers from Bodog have made Indianapolis -11.5  point spread favorites (View NFL Football odds) for Thursday’s game, the over/under has been set at 41 total points (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 78% of bets for this game have been placed on Indianapolis -11.5 (View NFL Football bet percentages).


Back to the game, the Colts will look to rebound from a poor effort last week against Kansas City. Sure, they won the game, but Manning and the Colts certainly don’t look like the team that lined up to participate in their first seven wins of the season. That’s 100% attributed to the fact that they’ve suffered a multitude of injuries on both sides of the ball and aren’t playing with a full deck. That being said, LT Tony Ugoh and WR Anthony Gonzalez should return to the starting line-up this week, but QR Marvin Harrison will sit out once again due to an injury to his knee he suffered in Week 7 against the Jaguars.

 


Atlanta is coming off a dreadful performance last week at home vs. Tampa Bay. The 31-7 final count looks like a whitewashing, but it doesn’t nearly reflect how bad the Falcons really were. It could have been far worse, and I’m not sure the Atlanta coaching staff has any idea what it’s doing right now. Why Byron Leftwich got the starting nod last week is beyond me. QB Joey Harrington finally seemed to be getting it throughout the season, yet HC Petrino and his staff felt it was the right move to go with the guy that didn’t participate with the team throughout training camp. How’d the Leftwich experiment go? How’s about 15 of 28 for 106 yards and two picks. Harrington came in to relieve him and went a solid 16 of 20 for 139 yards and a TD. Sure, it was late in the game and the Buccaneers called off the dogs, but I just don’t understand why the Falcons coaching staff messed with the offenses chemistry.
Anyway, the Falcons are getting 12 points and the ‘Totals’ been set at 41. The Colts haven’t covered the spread in their L/2 games, and they’re only 3-7 ATS their L/10 road games. Two of Atlanta’s three wins came in the comfy confines of their home arena this year, and they’re 7-2 ATS the l/9 times they’ve been installed an underdog greater than 10-points. However, they’re a poor 1-4 ATS the L/5 times they’ve been installed a home dog.