Thanks to their improbable Wild Card comeback against Kansas City, the Indianapolis Colts will head to Foxborough, Massachusetts this weekend to face the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The Colts and Patriots are scheduled to kick off at 8:15pm ET at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, January 11th; their meeting will be broadcast live on CBS. The opening Colts vs Patriots 2014 NFL Playoff point spread has New England listed as a -7 pick against the spread NFL Odds favorite. The Over/Under in Saturday’s contest is set at 53.5 points.
Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots Odds (-7, Over/Under 53.5): Indianapolis completed one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history last weekend, overcoming a 38-10 deficit to defeat the Chiefs 45-44 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts racked up 536 total yards in 22:27 possession time and Andrew Luck threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns in the stunning victory.
Despite the win, there is cause for concern as Indy prepares to take on Tom Brady and company. The Colts were -3 in turnover margin against Kansas City thanks to three Luck interceptions and their defense allowed the Chiefs to pile up 30 first downs and 513 total yards despite their best offensive player, running back Jamaal Charles, suffering a game ending injury on the first drive of the game.
The Patriots defense is not likely to fold in the second half the way the Chiefs unit did, which means another poor defensive showing from Indianapolis will probably result in the Colts dismissal from the playoffs. Throw in the fact that New England posted an 8-0 record at Gillette Stadium and Indy’s chances of advancing to the AFC Championship Game do not look so good. Oh yeah, and the Pats are 7-2 in Divisional Playoff games under the direction of Brady and Bill Belichick (average margin of victory 12.1 points per game).
Notable Trends: The Patriots are 6-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last seven games as a home favorite with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points.
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Colts vs Patriots Point Spread 2014 NFL Playoff Pick: Provided by SportsBettingOnline.ag
Indianapolis Colts +7 (-110), Over 53.5 (-110), +255 (Moneyline)
New England Patriots -7 (-110), Under 53.5 (-110), -310 (Moneyline)