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Predictions For Betting On Colts Redskins - Colts And Redskins Highly Touted Rookies Clash

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/21/2012 6:45:41 PM

The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins know that they'll play day games in September when the regular season arrives, but they'll also play a day game in week three of the preseason.

Indianapolis Colts @ Washington Redskins – Saturday, August 25    
Betting line: No line

Why Indianapolis Will Win

The outlets – online sports betting legal ones – who will take a crack at handicapping this game have to love the fact that it will match two high-profile rookies against each other. The sport's most glamorous position will feature two of its most-hyped practitioners this Saturday. Andrew Luck will step under center for the Colts, while Robert Griffin III will captain the Redskins' offense. Luck is in better position to win this game in this specific preseason setting. Luck has already memorized the entirety of the Colts' playbook, mastering a portion of the science of quarterbacking faster than Griffin has.

Luck's cerebral nature and his mastery of details will enable him to play a crisper, more precise game than Griffin will. Griffin is quite intelligent in his own right, but the Heisman Trophy winner offers a different kind of football intellect, one built more on improvisational playmaking ability and the knowledge of when to leave the pocket. Luck's running ability is underrated, and his athleticism won't suffer as much as you might think in a direct comparison with Griffin. Yet, these quarterbacks are different kinds of players, and in a preseason environment – especially the first preseason of their pro careers – Luck is likely to be slightly more polished than Griffin. This will help the Colts on the road.

Why Washington Will Win

When football betting pundits talk about week three of the NFL preseason, they would do well not to overlook the conditions in which this inter conference matchup will take shape. In this game, dome-field Indianapolis could very well have a hard time playing in the searing outdoor heat of Landover, Md. Andrew Luck is probably not going to be very comfortable in this game, and if that's the case, Indianapolis will not be able to get a big lead by halftime. If indeed this game is close (no more than one possession, a threshold that's reached at an eight-point spread) at halftime, Washington's backups should be physically fresher in the second half. The weather conditions should work in favor of the team that's more accustomed to them.

Indianapolis started its preseason with a home game inside its domed stadium, and it then played a week-two contest at night in Pittsburgh. The reality of playing an outdoor day game will limit Indianapolis' energy level, enough to make a difference for the Redskins. Washington's playoff prospects are not encouraging for the coming regular season, but in this game on this afternoon, the Redskins actually stand a good chance of racking up a win.

Who Will Win

It’s quite possible that Andrew Luck will continue to invest himself in this preseason and shred the Redskins' secondary in the first half, but the sense here is that Luck will run into problems. That scenario suggests that Washington should win this game in the second half.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Washington


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