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Eagles vs Colts Odds - A Super Bowl preview?

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:28:04 AM
NFL bettingA lot of people feel the Eagles vs Colts odds matchup could be a preview of Super Bowl XLIV - but before we jump to conclusions, both teams have to alleviate some of the online betting cappers’ concerns. The Eagles have plenty of losses on defense to overcome, while the Colts will have to stay steady after numerous coaching changes.

Eagles vs Colts odds: Eagles -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Monday, August 20th – 8:30 PM ET
  • WHERE: Lucasoil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
  • PICK: Eagles -3

Eagles vs Colts odds maker breakdown: Offense

It will be interesting to see if the Eagles let Michael Vick run wild in this contest now that he’s on the roster. Against the Colts’ second stringers, Vick could really put up some points. The Eagles have plenty of depth either way, as Kevin Kolb should be steady at quarterback while A.J. Feely should put forth a desperate performance (as his job is in jeopardy now that Vick is on the roster).

The Colts offense won’t be on the field very long in this game, especially after quarterback Peyton Manning took a few big hits in Week 1. Look for them to make sure that there is a bit of consistency over a series or two and then let Jim Sorgi lead the way.

Betting Edge: Eagles

Eagles vs Colts odds maker breakdown: Defense

The Eagles have lost a lot off of their defense in the offseason, but one thing they do have is plenty of depth on the defensive line and in the secondary. NFL betting fans should expect the Eagles to have one of the best defensive back groupings in the league even though the team traded away Lito Sheppard.

For the Colts, they don’t have much depth on defense and their bigger concern will be to get through this game without injuries.

Betting Edge: Eagles

Eagles vs Colts odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

While the kicking games are awash, the return teams favor the Eagles significantly. If DeSean Jackson is healthy enough to play this week, he’ll give the Eagles return teams a boost, but if not, the Eagles still have rookie first-round pick Jeremy Maclin, Quinton Demps and Ellis Hobbs. The Colts are much weaker in this department.

Betting Edge: Eagles

Eagles vs Colts odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

Both teams are a little banged up, as the Eagles lost leading tackler Stewart Bradley for the season in training camp and might be without DeSean Jackson for this game. For the Colts, they’ll be without strong safety Bob Sanders, and cohort Antoine Bethea is questionable with a hand injury.

Betting Edge: Even

Eagles vs Colts betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

It might be odd to see a road favorite in the sportsbook, but the Colts just don’t invest much effort into preseason games. On top of that, the Eagles have more depth and should have no problems covering this spread if Michael Vick plays some significant playing time.

STAN’S PICK: Eagles -3

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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