The Patriots are set face the Colts on Sunday night. Internet bookmakers know that both teams, who are at the top of their division, are just leaving their bye weeks, and are set to square off for the very first time since the AFC East’s Patriots took out the AFC South’s Colts with a score of 43-22 in last year’s divisional playoffs as the favorites at home by 7.5 points.
The betting line opened with the Colts as the favorites by two points, and the total opened at 57.5.
New England won five games in a row as they get ready to face Indianapolis, and this time they went 4-1 ATS. The Patriots’ only loss ATS took place on Thursday Night Football in a win of 27-75 when they faced the Jets as the favorites at home by 9.5 points.
Even though in New England’s winning streak there were some points given up, a lot of those points happened in junk time. The Patriots are 3-0 SU and ATS the last three meetings that they played as the underdogs.
Indianapolis are 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings after a bye week, and recently they did a great job at Lucas Oil Stadium, as they went 7-1 SU and ATS in the last eight games that they played as the favorites at home. They’re very well aware of the game’s importance, as it will most likely end with them, Denver, and New England for the AFC’s advantage at the home field, and for the top seed.
The Colts are also looking to avenge their loss in the playoffs last year, when they suffered a pretty big embarrassment at Foxborough. Indianapolis will now get the opportunity to retaliate.
Playing at home is very important in this meeting, especially considering that New England did not play on the road since they paid a visit to Buffalo over a month back. The Patriots played three games at home, and they had their week off before they go to Indianapolis. The Colts did a great job as the favorites at home, and in the last seven times that they lost SU or ATS took place when they took on the Steelers as the favorites by five points.
They were able to bounce back when they gave the Giants a 40-24 pounding on the road the week after as the favorites by three points, and the team should be seriously looking forward to this matchup. Many internet bookmakers believe that the Colts will keep on making very solid performances at home and beat the Patriots.