Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds Preview
The Indianapolis Colts were one of the great stories of the 2012 season, rallying behind their sick head coach Chuck Pagano and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to put together an improbable 11-5 season. No longer playing the role of underdog, how will Luck and the Colts respond to expectations in 2013?
After years of dominating the AFC South with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Indianapolis Colts went 2-14 in 2011, putting them in position to draft Andrew Luck. The Colts took a risk in letting Manning walk in favor of handing the franchise over to the rookie, and the move seems to have paid immediate dividends. Indianapolis was 11-5 both SU and ATS in 2012, finishing the regular season on a 9-2 SU and ATS run.
Luck was sensational in his rookie season, passing for 4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns. While his 18 interceptions were a bit high, it at least helped serve as a reminder that the kid was human. The sky is the limit for this guy, and he should continue to improve as he becomes acclimated to the speed and schemes in the NFL.
The Colts made some nice additions on the offensive side of the ball, adding deep-threat Darrius Heyward-Bay to an already loaded wide receiving corps and Ahmad Bradshaw to help shore up the running game. These additions, along with the natural progression of Luck and fellow NFL sophomores Vick Ballard and T.Y. Hilton, should make Indianapolis’ offense even more potent this season.
The question now becomes what should be expected of the Colts on defense? Indianapolis finished 26th in the league in total defense allowing 374.3 yards per game, and specifically had issues stopping the run, finishing 29th in rush defense allowing 137.5 yards per game. The Colts will need draft picks DE Bjoern Werner and DT Montori Hughes to step in and make an immediate impact.
Houston’s defense gives the Texans the edge in the AFC South, but look for Indianapolis to prove that 2012 was no fluke this season.
AFC South Odds at Bovada as of July 28
Houston Texans -225
Indianapolis Colts +240
Tennessee Titans +750
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500