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The Colts Have All the Luck In the World In 2014

Should You Bet On Indianapolis Colts In The 2014 NFL Season?

After reaching the postseason in each of Andrew Luck’s first two seasons, the Indianapolis Colts (11-5 SU, 10-6 ATS, 8-8 O/U) will enter the 2014 regular season looking to take the next step in their evolution into what they believe will be an elite Super Bowl title contender.

Let’s take a look at Indy’s chances of cashing in on their Super Bowl 49 Futures Odds, their season-long AFC South division odds and their Week 1 regular season opener.

Betting On The Indianapolis Colts To Win the 2015 Super Bowl

NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49 Indianapolis Colts +1600

Analysis: The Colts have won 11 games in each of Andrew Luck’s first two seasons in the league and are an excellent team to bet on as far as the 2015 NFL Super Bowl Futures Odds are concerned.

Indy took out the Kansas City Chiefs 45- 44 in a crazy AFC Wild Card showdown last season before bowing out to New England in the divisional round.

The Colts are led by their gifted signal-caller, who, is now being hailed as the Colts’ unequivocal team leader as he heads into his third season.

"I love how opponents are somewhat intimidated by him, without him saying or doing anything," backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told reporters recently. "They know he’s tough to tackle, they know he’s a way better athlete than people think. They know he’s fast, strong, determined."

Despite the fact that they recorded mostly mediocre numbers on both offense and defense last season, the Colts were one of just five teams to record double digit wins in 2013 and they’ve got as big of an upside as any team in the league, mostly because they’ve got a young quarterback that has the look of a Future Hall of Fame candidate.

Indy’s 9-3 SU mark against their AFC counterparts last season tells me the sky is the limit for this team. Place you wager on Indy here…they could very well represent the AFC in the 2015 Super Bowl.

My Pick: The Colts are worth a wager here!

Betting On the Indianapolis Colts To Win the AFC South

  • Indianapolis Colts -175
  • Tennessee Titans +550
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +1400
  • Houston Texans +250

Analysis: The Colts won the AFC South last season after finishing second to Houston in 2012. Having said that…let me also say that the Indianapolis is a virtual lock to win the AFC South in 2014 with all three of its division rivals having some pretty serious issues to overcome this season.

Tennessee won seven games last season but has a new head coach in former Arizona Cardinals top man Ken Whisenhunt.

The Jacksonville Jaguars also have a boatload of questions and areas they need to shore up after winning four games – and not more than five games in each of the last three seasons.

The Houston Texans could surprise, seeing as how they’ve still got plenty of talent on their roster from their 13-3 2012 squad. Unfortunately, they’re resigned to going with mediocre quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum so I wouldn’t expect very much until they get a legitimate starter.

The Colts went 6-0 SU and ATS against their AFC South division rivals last season – and I believe they could pull off that impressive feat again in 2014. Indianapolis is a blistering 9-1 SU and ATS in its L/10 games against their division rivals.

Projected Order of Finish: Colts, Texans, Titans, Jaguars

Betting On The Indianapolis Colts To Win In Week One

  • Indianapolis at Denver Broncos +7
  • Over/Under 35.5

Analysis: I know Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the odds-on-favorite to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 49, but Indianapolis and Luck have recorded a pair of solid marks in going 5-5 SU and ATS in their last 10 road games.

Not only that, but Indy has also gone 6-4 SU and ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog of eight points or less and Andrew Luck has developed quite a reputation as a quarterback that is never out of any contest.

Luck led Indy to a mind-boggling seven game-winning drives as a rookie in 2012 and added to that growing legacy by rallying the Colts to their first postseason victory of the Luck era by tossing four TD passes in the Colt’s 45-44 Wild Card win over Kansas City .

"It’s like, you know that we’ve got a young puppy out here, but boy, this young puppy is good," wide receiver Reggie Wayne said.

Speaking of puppies…I say back Luck and the hungry Colts to get the ATS win in their 2014 regular season opener – if not the outright road win against Manning and company.

I also like the Under 55 Total points to play out in this one with the Under going 3- 1 in Denver ‘s last four home games and 5- 5 in Indy’s last 10 road games.

My Pick: Indianapolis Colts +7 Points/Under 55 Total Points

Indianapolis Colts Betting Tips

The Colts are a very good team to wager on when they play in the comfy confines of home, having gone 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. Luck and company are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four home games and 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven home dates.

Indy is also a fantastic team to bet on when they’re favored. The Colts are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games as a fave and a solid 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite overall.

In addition to its own division games, the AFC South teams will face the NFC East and AFC North in 2014.

The Colts are 3-2 SU and ATS in their L/5 games against their NFC East counterparts, but they haven’t faced them since 2010, two seasons before Luck arrived.

Indianapolis has also gone 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five games against their AFC North conference rivals.

I like the Colts to get involved in some high-scoring affairs against Philly and New England while likely routing Dallas , Washington and all three of their AFC South division rivals at least once.

2014 Indianapolis Colts Projected Starters

 

Offense

Defense

QB

Andrew Luck

DE

Cory Redding

RB

Trent Richardson  /  Ahmad Bradshaw

DT

Josh Chapman  /  Ricky Jean Francois

WR1

Reggie Wayne

DE

Arthur Jones

WR2

T.Y. Hilton

OLB

Robert Mathis  /  Bjoern Werner

WR3

Hakeem Nicks

ILB

Jerrell Freeman

TE1

Dwayne Allen  /  Coby Fleener

ILB

D’Qwell Jackson

LT

Anthony Castonzo

OLB

Erik Walden

LG

Donald Thomas

CB1

Vontae Davis

C

Khaled Holmes

CB2

Greg Toler

RG

Jack Mewhort

SS

LaRon Landry

RT

Gosder Cherilus

FS

Delano Howell

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