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NFL Thursday Night Betting Preview

The Indianapolis Colts look to go 14-0 Thursday night, but they’ll have to get past a Jacksonville Jaguars squad that needs a win to stay in the playoff hunt.

The oddsmakers take on this game at Bovada not surprisingly expects the Colts to remain perfect. Indianapolis is listed as a 3-point favorite and if they do beat the spread tonight, it would be their fifth straight cover.

Indy made it to 13-0 last week by defeating Denver 28-16 as a 6.5-point favorite. Peyton Manning passed for 220 yards with four touchdowns, but he was also intercepted three times. Dallas Clark found the end zone three times while catching five passes for 43 yards.

COLTS JAGUARS TREND - Indy is 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS past 11 games on the road.

Reggie Wayne’s recent downturn continued, as he had only four receptions for 43 yards. In his last three games Wayne has caught only 11 passes for 110 yards.

The Jaguars are still in the playoff hunt in the AFC, but their post-season chances took a big hit last week after they lost to Miami 14-10 as a 2-point chalk.

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Offensively the Jaguars failed to show up in the loss, as they were outgained by Miami 354-217 yards. David Garrard passed for only 139 yards with no touchdowns and Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 59 yards on 18 carries with the Jags lone TD.

Thursday night odds – Week 1 rematch

The Colts and Jaguars last met up way back in Week 1 when Indianapolis edged Jacksonville 14-12. Indy was favored by six and failed to cover the point spread.

Manning passed for 301 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while Wayne hauled in 10 passes for 162 yards and a TD. Garrard was held to 122 yards and no touchdowns for Jacksonville and Jones-Drew rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown.

Injuries could play a part in the rematch, as the Colts could be missing two big pieces of their defense. Robert Mathis (quad) and Dwight Freeney (abdomen) both missed practice earlier this week and are considered questionable for tonight’s game. If both D linemen are out it would most likely hamper the Colts pass rush.

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NFL odds – Trends and matchup history

The Colts have won four of the last five meetings with the Jaguars, but they’re only 2-3 ATS in those five contests. The last nine matchups have similar results, with Indy owning a 7-2 record SU and a 3-6 mark ATS. At Jacksonville the Jaguars are 2-6 SU and 4-4 ATS in their last eight versus the Colts.

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