|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL This Holiday weekend the Chargers will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. The Chargers are a lowly 3rd in the AFC West, with a 5-5-0 record. In recent San Diego news, Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton is expected to miss several weeks because of a left wrist injury, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. As for the Colts, they are 2nd in the AFC South at 6-4-0. These two teams could be potential NFL Playoff opponents in a few short months. Peyton Manning is coming off a bitter loss to his AFC rivals the New England Patriots and Phillip Rivers crushed his AFC West rivals the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. This sets the stage for a classic battle between these Rivers and Tom Brady.
The San Diego Chargers defense looked their best on national television for their Monday Night Football appearance. Shaun Phillips brought his sack total to nine in the defeat of the Denver Broncos with two sacks. The defense for the San Diego Chargers has been holding opposing quarterbacks to less 185 yards passing per game and on the ground their keeping their opponents under 90 yards.
Sportsbook lists the Colts as the minus 3 point home favorites this weekend, with the total over under at 51.5.
Peyton Manning can compete with any group of receivers and make them look good. With Manning under center the Indianapolis Colts are still the most potent offense in the NFL. The issue for the Indianapolis Colts this season has been the volatility at the running back position. Joseph Addai and Donald Brown have been laid up with injuries this year and the running game for the Indianapolis Colts has been averaging under 90 yards per game.
The passing game for Manning has been a challenge also with key injuries to two of his main targets. Dallas Clark, the Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl tight end, has been lost for the season. Clark is Manning's favorite check down receiver and his replacement, Jacob Tamme has been suffering from a case of the drops in the last few games. Austin Collie is also in and out of the line up of late with concussion issues. The Indianapolis Colts offense has the edge over the San Diego Chargers defense.
When placing your football bets remember that the Indianapolis Colts defense has suffered with their inability to stop the run this season. They are giving 133 yards per game up on the ground but the passing defense has been solid this season holding opposing quarterbacks to 211 yards through the air.