|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL This week, the reserved second-year coach has a different message for his players: don't become complacent. One day after beating Houston and moving into sole possession of the AFC South lead for the first time this season, Caldwell wants to reinforce the point that now is not the time for the Colts to change their focus.
When sports betting, the Colts (5-2) have been the most dominant team in the AFC South since the division's inception in 2002. They won six of the first eight division crowns and have been in first place for all but 28 weeks over the past 81/2 seasons. The Colts have won three consecutive games, all against teams with at least four wins, and Monday night's 30-17 victory over Houston eliminated one potential division tiebreaker by evening the season series with Houston.
Fot football betting fans of Indianapolis, a win at Philadelphia this weekend would put the Colts back on pace for another 12-win season at the halfway mark, and they have a favorable second-half schedule that includes five home games and only three game against teams with winning records. It's also likely the Colts will get better when some of their injured players return. One of which will be punter pat CmAfee who spent more than three minutes apologizing to Colts fans on Wednesday, and is not ready to go back and get to work. In his first public comments since being arrested two weeks ago for public intoxication, a contrite McAfee repeatedly called the episode embarrassing and promised it would not happen again.
In Eagles news, linebacker Ernie Sims was fined $50,000 for unnecessarily striking defenseless Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins in the neck and head area with his forearms during the Eagles' 37-10 loss to Tennessee in Week 7. Sims, 25, is a repeat offender. He was previously fined twice for unnecessary roughness violations (Dec. 28, 2008 and Sept. 13, 2009) while he was a member of the Detroit Lions.
Returning to an opposing city for the first time since 2002, while making an initial appearance in a rival venue, the Indianapolis Colts, 5-2, visit Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, November 7 to face the Philadelphia Eagles, 4-3. Kickoff for the contest, telecast by CBS Sports and broadcast nationally by Westwood One, is 4:15 p.m. (EST).
The Colts have not played in Philadelphia since earning a 35-13 victory over the Eagles on November 19, 2002.
Indianapolis will be making a 10th-ever appearance in Philadelphia. The club has earned a 5-4 record in three previous venues (Connie Mack Stadium, Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium) and holds a 10-6 series edge. The clubs have not met since a 45-21 Colts home win on November 26, 2006. Indianapolis reaches Sunday's game after a 30-17 win last Monday at home against Houston. Philadelphia had a bye week following its 37-19 loss on October 24 at Tennessee. Indianapolis is 2-0 against the NFC East with victories over the New York Giants (38-14) and at Washington (27-24). The Eagles earned a 28-3 win at Jacksonville on September 26 in their other AFC South battle this season.