Monday Night Football Odds – Philadelphia at Indianapolis

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Monday Night Football Odds – Philadelphia at Indianapolis

The high-scoring Philadelphia Eagles and explosive Indianapolis Colts will hook up tonight in a Monday Night Football matchup that could looks like it turn out to be one of the most entertaining affairs on the entire 2014 Monday Night schedule.

Not only that, but tonight’s inter-conference pairing is also offering a lot of value for pro football betting enthusiasts that are looking to finish off their Week 2 wagering with a potential ATS or O/U winner against the Monday Night Football odds.

Let’s take an in-depth look at both teams in this contest, followed by my expert pick on this potential Monday night thriller.

Matchup: Philadelphia at Indianapolis
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, September 15, 2014
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Spread: Indianapolis -2.5
Total: 52.5
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET

The Colts (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) may be coming off a heartbreaking 31-24 road loss to Denver in Week 1, but Indianapolis still walked away from that contest feeling pretty good after outscoring Denver after nearly coming back from a 24-7 halftime deficit to cover the NFL betting line as an 8.5-point road underdog.

Third-year quarterback Andrew Luck completed 35 of 53 passes for 370 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but the Colts were once again unbalanced offensively with Trent Richardson rushing for just 20 yards on six carries. Luck completed at least one pass to eight different receivers in the loss with veteran Reggie Wayne nabbing nine balls for 98 yards.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano commented on the difficulties of trying to slow Philly’s fast-paced offense. 

”It’s really difficult, it’s really difficult to defend,” Pagano said. ”It’s sideline to sideline, it’s grass basketball.”

Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky chimed in, adding, ”You just have to play fast and you’ve got to play within the scheme in the framework of the defense. Mentally and physically you’ve got to go out there and perform at a high level.”

Philadelphia (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) fell into a shocking 17-0 hole in the first half against Jacksonville in Week 1 but used its explosive offense to come storming back from their deficit to win 34-17 and easily cash in as a 10-point home favorite.

Blossoming quarterback Nick Foles completed 27 of 45 pass attempts for 322 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while versatile running back LeSean McCoy added 74 rushing yards and another 41 yards on six catches. Veteran running back Darren Sproles rushed for 71 yards on 11 carries, including a career-high 49-yard score on the ground.

The Eagles used their up-tempo offense to run a whopping 82 offensive plays in Week 1, the second most in the league last week. The Birds, to a man, say they are fired up about appearing on Monday Night Football.

”Definitely something special,” McCoy said. ”The whole world’s watching, you know? That’s where everybody gets the hype and sees how good your team really is. I’m excited. I can’t wait to be on Monday night and showcase the type of talent I have, and the type of presence and team we have.”

Still, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly commented on the healthy respect he has for both, Luck and Pagano.

"I think I saw the stat, he has the most fourth-quarter comebacks in the first two years in the league of any quarterback," Kelly said. "I think there’s a confidence in that team. I think Chuck’s (Pagano) done such a good job of providing and creating an environment for those guys that they feel like they’re in every game."

When asked how the Colts would deal with trying to keep up with Philly’s high-scoring offense, Luck commented, "Our job is to put points on the board regardless of what the other team is averaging. Otherwise, I think you could go down a slippery slope in terms of what we’re trying to do."

Philadelphia has won eight of its L/10 regular season games but the Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games overall.

The Birds have compiled an impressive 4-2 ATS mark in its last six road contests but Indy has also gone 6-1 ATS in its last seven home games.

I’m going to take the Colts to get the outright home win to narrowly cover the spread, but I think the best wager for this Monday night affair is to take the Over.

The Over is 7-2 in Philadelphia’s last nine road games and a consistent 7-1 in the Colts’ last eight games against a team with a winning record.

The Over is also 4-1 in Philly’s last five games in the month of September and an encouraging 9-4 in Indy’s last 13 games overall.

My Monday Night Football Pick: Indianapolis -2.5 Points/Over 52.5

Monday Night Football – Philadelphia at Indianapolis
The Eagles are in Indy to take on the 2.5 point favorite Colts on Monday Night Football live from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Starts: 09/15/2014 8:30PM
Lucas Oil Stadium