Don’t look now, but here come the Indianapolis Colts. The winners of three straight games have climbed up the playoff standings in the AFC, and are now making a run at the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South. While injuries to some key players hurt them early in the season, they are now healthy and looking like one of the top teams in the AFC. With one of the game’s best offensive lines and one of, if not the best running back in the league, the Colts could end up as one of the top teams in the AFC.
Speaking of top teams, the Colts will be playing one this week, in the defending Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs and Tom Brady will be making the trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Brady should have his full arsenal of weapons back as Antonio Brown should be ready to return from a foot injury. We’ll see if Tampa Bay is back after losing two of their last three games. With that in mind, it’s time we have a look at our NFL Betting analysis for the upcoming match Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Betting Preview for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Indianapolis Colts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Analysis
Tampa Bay is 2-3 in its last five road games, and they’ll be entering a hostile environment in Indianapolis. Brady has thrown for over 3100 yards with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions. With all of his weapons back, and Leonard Fournette running the ball well, the Tampa Bay offense should be ready to go.
Defensively, the Buccaneers have had its ups and downs this season. At times they look really good, while at other times they look like they can’t stop anyone. They’re allowing just over 320 yards of offense per game, while giving up an average of just over 22 points per game. Their secondary has had a lot of injury issues this season, so we’ll see if the Colts can exploit them. Tampa Bay’s run defense will have to be good, as stopping Jonathan Taylor will be a very tough task.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Analysis
One of the main reasons for the resurgence of the Colts has been Taylor. He now has over 1100 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns, while catching 32 passes out of the backfield. Carson Wentz has also improved his play as of late, and getting back all of his receivers has helped out as well. As we mentioned earlier, it doesn’t hurt to play behind arguably the best offensive line in football.
The Colts defense is very similar to Tampa Bays. Their numbers are virtually the same, as Indy has given up a little over 350 yards of offense per game, while giving up just over 22 points per contest.
The defending champs are three-point favorites this weekend. In looking at some of the betting numbers, they tend to favor the Colts. Tampa is 0-5 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-5 against the spread in the last seven games. Indianapolis is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games as an underdog. They’re 6-2 against the spread in the last eight games.
We are going to go with the numbers and take Indianapolis in this one.