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Sportsbooks won’t give up on the Indianapolis Colts just yet in their NFL odds and bettors can't seem to give up on them either, with almost 70% of the consensus voting here backing them.

Even though the Colts have lost three of four, even though they’re hanging by a thread in the AFC playoff hunt, even though Peyton Manning is enduring perhaps the worst slump of his career, books like Sports Interaction have Indy listed as a 4-point road favorite.

That is significant as the Colts Titans betting line opened at -3 and bettors keep backing the Colts, pushing the number higher.

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When Peyton Manning lays one egg, you can attribute it to an off-day, a lack of healthy receivers, or a non-existent running game. But after four straight weeks of ugly efforts, we have to start pointing the finger his way.

Manning has thrown 11 interceptions over his last three games, four of which have been returned for touchdowns. He has thrown fewer than 11 picks in four of his full pro seasons.

Sure, Manning isn’t getting any help. His receivers are dropping passes left and right. He misses Austin Collie and Dallas Clark. Indy can’t run the ball to save its life with Joseph Addai injured; the Colts are dead last in the NFL with 79.1 rushing yards per game.

But Manning is also pressing. For the first time since perhaps his rookie year, he’s making bad decisions. He’s forcing throws into coverage.

It doesn’t help that he has to play from behind so often lately. Indianapolis is 29th in the NFL with 142.8 rushing yards allowed per contest, meaning Tennessee’s Chris Johnson is licking his chops over Thursday night’s matchup.

Despite all those factors, the news isn’t all bad for the Colts this week. The Tennessee Titans could be just the remedy for their woes. Tennessee has essentially quit on the 2010 season, losing five straight games. The Titans have been pummelled over that span for the most part, going 0-5 against the spread.

Manning may make some more mistakes this week but it’s not like he and the Colts aren’t moving the ball at all. They still have the NFL’s top-ranked passing offense facing the 23rd-best pass defense in the league. If Indy can just get an early lead and force Tennessee’s horrible passing offense into action, it can win this game hands-down.

The over/under for this football betting matchup is 45 at Bovada and countless other books. With the Colts road favorites and the Titans’ offense struggling, going conservative on the over/under makes a lot of sense. Nine of the last 10 matchups between these two teams have gone UNDER the total.

As for the football betting spread, give Indianapolis’ NFL odds one last shot. They have the luxury of facing a broken team that can only move the ball against them one way. A total turnaround from Peyton Manning may not happen, but he should do enough to keep Indy’s playoff hopes alive.