NFL Football Betting: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

NFL Football Betting:  New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

Monday Night Football this week features a matchup between AFC rivals as the New York Jets head to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are coming off a loss at Buffalo while the Jets opened their season with a winning effort at home over the Cleveland Browns. Both teams are dealing with injuries–the Jets will be without starting quarterback Geno Smith until mid season as he recovers from a broken jaw he suffered when a former teammate sucker punched him. The Colts’ injuries are more ‘complementary pieces’ but ones that give quarterback Andrew Luck options like wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (upgraded to ‘questionable’ from ‘doubtful’ earlier today).

The Colts’ fans may have marked off the first two games of the season as ‘easy wins’ but that was a mistake. Of course there are no ‘easy wins’ in the NFL and had they been paying attention they would have noticed that despite their troubles in recent years that the Jets and Bills had put together top ten level defenses. That’s not all it takes to win in the NFL but it sure helps.

Indianapolis’ biggest question mark remains their porous offensive line that couldn’t keep defenders off of Luck last year. They also picked up receiver Andre Johnson in the off season but he’s shown little so far. The T.Y. Hilton absence is a big one as he’s Luck’s most trusted target. Indianapolis had underachieved as a favorite prior to last season but they were solid at home last year. They’re on a 14-4 SU/12-5 ATS run at home.

Jets were a laughing stock last season as Rex Ryan finally did enough to get fired. He’s in Buffalo now but what many fans didn’t realize was that Ryan had a pretty good defense during his tenure in New York. They’ll rely a lot on running back Chris Ivory but they’ll suffer from the likely absence of their best pass coverage cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

We’ll take the points with the Jets. They look to be undervalued at this stage of the season while the ‘public’ thinks that Indy is better than they really are.