The time is here.
The time you’ve been waiting for all summer long. It’s NFL kickoff week and the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
These are two familiar foes – for multiple reasons – and two of the better teams in the AFC, each making the playoffs and winning at least one postseason game as well. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will square off against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in a Week 1 AFC affair that could turn out to be the best game on the entire Week 1 docket.
Better yet, you’re going to have a great chance to cash I with a potentially winning wager thanks to this expert betting breakdown on the highly anticipated matchup. Click here for more NFL betting odds.
NFL Week 1 Spread Betting on Sunday Night Football On NBC
Preview: The Colts (12-6 SU,11-7 ATS) didn’t have a good preseason as they went 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in their four scrimmage affairs. Indianapolis was held to 17 points or less in three games while also giving up 23 or more in three contests.
Jim Irsay has been suspended for first six games and fined $500,000 for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014
Denver went 3-1 SU and ATS in the preseason and looked fantastic on both sides of the ball as they scored 21 or more in three games and 27 or more twice. Defensively, the broncos were phenomenal in not allowing more than 18 points in any contest and holding San Francisco and Dallas to three and zero points respectively.
In shocking news, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter yesterday.
Turns out Wes Welker will miss 4 straight games against teams that won 10-or-more games last season: Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks, Cardinals.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2014
According to sources, Welker tested positive from a sample taken shortly after he attended the Kentucky Derby. He argued that the sample was tainted, but told The Denver Post that he does wonder if someone put something in his drink at the Derby.
Analysis: I like Colts young quarterback Andrew Luck, but he and the rest of his offensive teammates didn’t look very good in the preseason and I think there will be a carryover effect heading into this matchup.
Denver (15-4 SU,11-8 ATS), on the other hand, has looked spectacular on both sides of the ball. Peyton Manning will have his teammates ready to go and I expect Denver to win this one and cover the spread.
The Colts are 6-0 ATS in their last six meetings against Denver but the favorite and home team in this AFC rivalry are an identical 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
I like Denver to snap Indy’s ATS winning streak while the Over moves to 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
My NFL Week 1 Spread Betting Pick: Denver -6.5 Points/Over 55 Total Points.