Indianapolis Colts 2010 Odds

For as long as Peyton Manning has taken snaps for Indianapolis, the Colts have been NFL’s safest bet at books like Bodog. They’ve posted double-digit wins in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Given that their roster hasn’t changed much from last year’s, should bettors expect anything less in 2010?

Colts Odds to win Division: -200 Colts Regular Season Win Total: 10.5 (OV -130, UN EVEN) Colts Super Bowl Odds: 17 to 2 Peyton Manning has been a downright frightening force against opposing defenses throughout his career, never missing a game and topping 4,000 passing yards in 10 of his 12 seasons. How scary is it, then, that Manning may have his best, deepest group of receivers ever in 2010? Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark were already his go-to options. Anthony Gonzalez, who missed almost all of 2009 with a knee injury, returns this season, and the two rookies who filled in for him last year have staked out major roles in the offense. Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie were simply too good last season to stay off the field in 2010.

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All that and we haven’t even touched on Joseph Addai, who remains one of the league’s top pass-catching backs. Indy’s running game was a sore spot – it ranked dead last in the NFL with just 80.9 yards per game – but its passing attack was so strong that it arguably doesn’t need a dominant rushing attack to win. Some bettors harp on the Colts’ “D”; they’re continuously below average stopping the run – but their secondary is underrated. Melvin Bullitt was a revelation spelling Bob Sanders last year, and Antoine Bethea is solid at safety. In Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, Indy also boasts one of the league’s premier pass-rushing tandems. So is there any threat to Indy’s 10.5-win total? Tough to say. The Colts get most of their toughest opponents at home, including the Giants, Bengals, Cowboys, and Chargers. Unless you expect a sudden dropoff from Peyton Manning – he is 34 years old – or expect the Texans to step up the competition in the AFC South, it’s hard to imagine the Colts being anything but reliable sportsbook bets again.

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